Ugandan singer sues President Museveni for using his song during election campaigns

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A Ugandan singer only known as Kaweesa has sued the Ugandan head of state for using his song ‘Another Rap’ during the 2011 presidential campaigns.

Kaweesa has been on Museveni’s case over the song since 2018 and has currently taken to court to demand that the president be compelled to pay for using the song.

Owing to Museveni’s Presidential immunity, Kaweesa has filed a petition to have the immunity withdrawn so that he can be sued as a private individual.

“In any case, the presidential immunity is not absolute because a president can be a proper and necessary party to legal proceedings in the supreme court, challenging presidential elections under article 104 of the constitution, where he issued for his personal actions during elections,therefore, not all acts of the president are official presidential actions, which must be protected by presidential immunity.” He wrote

In 2018 Kaweesa wrote to the head of state seeking Ugandan shillings 5 billion in compensation for copyright infringement.

Kaweesa said he wrote and produced the song, which Museveni’s people used to campaign for votes and eventually won the 2011 polls.

In response, President Museveni dismissed the claims, saying he commissioned the making of the song, which makes him the ultimate owner.

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