Three individuals claiming to be the creators of the “Jajja Tova Ku Main” campaign slogan have been unable to substantiate their claims before the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).
The three claimants, Hadijah Namyalo, Ibrahim Kitatta, and Frank Gashumba, had asserted themselves as the originators of this slogan, which gained popularity in late 2022 as a rallying cry for President Yoweri Museveni’s supporters in the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Frank Gashumba applied for copyright of the slogan in May 2023, asserting that he had created the artistic representation of President Museveni’s photo and the slogan. However, this application was contested by both Namyalo and Kitatta, who submitted separate objections to URSB, each asserting ownership of the slogan.
The matter was reviewed by URSB, and Assistant Registrar of Copyright, Denis Birungi, concluded that none of the three parties could provide sufficient evidence to establish their ownership of the slogan. Kitatta’s claim was deemed unconvincing as he objected to the slogan, whereas Gashumba sought to copyright an artistic depiction with a photo of President Museveni from the 2019 anti-corruption walk.
Furthermore, Kitatta’s assertion that he had registered copyright for the words in January 2023 was contradicted by the fact that the slogan had already been in use in 2022. The ruling stated that Kitatta’s claim was invalid, as the words were already publicly known before he registered the copyright.
Namyalo, who had objected on the grounds that she had commissioned Gashumba to create the artwork on her behalf, also failed to substantiate her claim. She lacked evidence of any contractual agreement, and although she had receipts for payments made to Gashumba for printing T-shirts featuring the artwork, there was no written contract confirming her commission.
URSB also found no evidence to support Gashumba’s claim as the creator of the works. The photo used was not taken by Gashumba and could be defined as a derivative work under copyright law. The law dictates that when transforming another’s work, permission should be obtained from the original photographer. As Gashumba did not provide evidence of authorization from the copyright holder of the original image, he couldn’t claim ownership of the derivative work.
In response to the ruling, Namyalo stated that the Office of the National Chairman would continue to use the slogan and artistic representation of the President in its campaigns since neither Gashumba nor Kitatta could establish ownership. She emphasized that the slogan belonged to the ONC members, and her intention was to protect it.
The “Jajja Tova Ku Main” slogan has been used at NRM events and functions, where it signifies support for President Yoweri Museveni’s continued rule beyond 2026, especially among the pro-Museveni youth, commonly referred to as Bazzukulu (grandchildren) by the President.