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Afrobeats star Bobi Wine becomes an MP

NEW ROLE: Bobi Wine

ONE OF Uganda's top Afrobeats musicians, Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, has been sworn in as a member of parliament, the local New Vision newspaper is reporting.

The paper says he was sworn in by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, at the parliamentary buildings in the capital, Kampala, following his victory in a by-election last month.

She gave him a copy of the house rules and the constitution:

“Honorable Kyagulanyi I congratulate and welcome you to the 10th parliament. Here is a copy of the rules of procedure and constitution. Study them and they will guide you."

Since he is an independent MP, Mr Kyagulanyi was asked to choose which side of the house he preferred to sit and he picked the opposition side, the New Vision reports.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, won his seat as an independent candidate in a by-election held at the end of June.

He was sworn in as Kyaddondo East MP on Tuesday (Jul 11), with 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.

“I have always said that if Parliament doesn’t come to the ‘Ghetto’, the ‘Ghetto’ will come to Parliament,” said Wine moments before he was sworn in.

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