Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine has been sworn in as Kyaddondo East MP.
Shortly after taking the oath on Tuesday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga congratulated him upon joining the 10th Parliament.
“Honourable Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu I congratulate you. I welcome you to the 10th Parliament,” Ms Kadaga said.
Various MPs from different political camps like NRM, DP, UPC and independent MPs pushed and shoved to get near Mr Kyagulanyi as he took oath. For obvious reasons, the MPs wanted a photo opportunity with the reggae singer, turned politician.
The excitement persisted as MP Kyagulanyi was led to Speaker Kadaga to sign in a members’ book and to receive instruments of office.
Ms Kadaga handed him the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and the Rules of Procedure of Parliament.
After that, MPs struggled to shake his hand as he was taken to the section in the Chambers where independent MPs sit.
Wine is a spectacularly popular Ugandan entertainer.
For many, he embodies the struggles, frustrations and hopes of the young, poor and marginalised in a youthful nation whose often elderly rulers can seem dismissive of their plight.
The by-election in the teeming capital Kampala was called due to voting irregularities during last year’s general election.
Standing as an independent, Wine defeated established candidates from both Museveni’s ruling NRM and the main opposition FDC parties.
Mr Kayagulanyi’s supporters celebrate his swearing-in. Photo by Michael Kakumirizi
His election marked a remarkable personal journey for the charismatic reggae star from brash, dreadlock-wearing, slum-dwelling youth to a sharp-suited and savvy political operator.
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