Rap Artists on Nakawuki's Back for Unpaid Debt

1826 Views Masaka, Uganda
A group of musicians have stormed the office of a Masaka Municipality parliamentary candidate demanding payment for services rendered to her campaign. The musicians, who are part of the Another Life Crew, claim that independent candidate Susan Nakawuki hired them to produce a campaign song for her. Owen Lubega, a rap artist popularly known as 'Get Rich', says Nakawuki and two of her campaign managers visited the Another Life Crew studios in December last year to sign a contract for the song. He says the team promised to pay 400,000 shillings to record and produce a pop hit in Nakawuki's praise. However not a single shilling has been paid. Lubega says the studio is demanding the immediate payment of 200,000 shillings for the recording. He says Another Life Crew can't clear this debt if Susan Nakawuki hasn't paid them. The Another Life Crew today attempted to force Nakawuki to give them the money. The singers said if they are not paid soon, they will sue the parliamentary candidate for illegally using the song. Muhammad Masimbi, Nakawuki's campaign manager, says a meeting has been scheduled for later today to resolve the matter amicably. Susan Nakawuki is the outgoing Busiro East Member of Parliament. Her campaign for the Masaka Municipality seat has been beleaguered by financial woes since it started three months ago. Earlier today, Masaka Magistrate's Court released from jail a man who attempted to forcibly extract payment from the MP. The man, Aloysius Kakooza, is demanding for five million shillings incurred by Nakawuki in the 2006 campaigns. He claims that Nakawuki owes him the money for the rent of his public address system and office space. He says he also lent her money to fuel her car in the campaigns five years ago. Suzan Nakawuki says the debt claim is aimed at tarnishing her reputation. Suzan Nakawuki is contesting for the Masaka Municipal seat against John Baptist Kawanga of DP, Francis Mujoobe of NRM and independents - Matthias Mpuuga, Peter Mutesasira and Godfrey Ssenyondo. ###