In a shocking turn of events that could only happen in the world of Ugandan political slogans, the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has set a date to decide the fate of the hotly contested phrase, “Omalako Jajja Tova Ku Main.” Buckle up, folks; it’s going to be a wild ride.
Three brave souls have stepped into the ring to claim ownership of this catchy phrase. We have Frank Gashumba, who’s apparently a social media critic with a flair for catchy slogans. Then there’s Lwengo District LC V Chairperson, a title that surely rolls off the tongue, and NRM Youth League Vice President, Ibrahim Kitatta. And last but not least, we have Hadijah Namyalo Uzeiye, who sounds like she could be running an entire government office by herself.
At a recent hearing, these three slogan warriors presented their arguments, and it was quite the spectacle. The main issue? Who gets to wear the crown of rightful slogan authorship? They’re all vying for the throne, and they’ve been ordered to submit written arguments, complete with timelines, to convince the court that they are the true slogan kings and queens.
The URSB Registrar, Ronald Lutunde, must have quite the sense of humor. He’s promised to deliver the decision via email on October 19, 2023. Imagine getting an email that could decide the fate of your beloved slogan. It’s like receiving a royal decree in your inbox.
Each contender had their legal representation, because in slogan wars, you don’t go into battle without a trusty lawyer by your side. Gashumba brought along his lawyer Blaire Ntambi, Kitatta had Doreen Nakyonyi, and Namyalo was represented by Usama Sebuwufu. Who knew slogans needed such strong legal support?
Now, let’s talk about the slogan itself. “Tova Ku Main” gained fame in 2022 and has been a hit at NRM gatherings. It’s basically a way of telling President Museveni not to leave the political track and stay on the ballot. Because who needs retirement when you can have another term?
But wait, there’s more! The slogan has caused quite the kerfuffle among NRM supporters and their allies. Everyone wants a piece of the slogan pie. It all started in May 2023 when Gashumba decided to register it with the URSB. He claimed he created it in May, and who are we to doubt his word?
Namyalo, not one to be outdone, promptly objected to Gashumba’s registration, claiming she’d been using it since October 2022. It’s a battle of dates now, and they’re fighting to see who can remember when they first uttered the magic words.
Then, just when you thought things couldn’t get crazier, Kitatta joined the party. He says he launched the slogan even before Namyalo, on a memorable day at Zebra Hotel in Masaka City. He applied for copyright protection and got a fancy certificate to prove it. Not to mention a notice in the Uganda Gazette, because no slogan battle is complete without some official documentation.
Oh, and let’s not forget General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who decided to tweet his thoughts on the matter. He disowned the slogan and associated it with gangsters.
And amidst all this chaos, President Museveni has remained mysteriously silent. Maybe he’s waiting to see who emerges victorious in the battle of the slogans before he makes his move. Or maybe he’s just enjoying the show from the sidelines.