UCC has summoned musician Eric Opoka alias Eezzy to respond to allegations surrounding his viral song Tumbiza Sound.
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has summoned musician Eric Opoka alias Eezzy to respond to allegations surrounding his viral song Tumbiza Sound.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health (MOH) through its Director-General, Dr Henry Mwebesa wrote to the Commission requesting them to immediately ban the broadcast of the popular jam.
In a letter dated December 4 2020, Mwebesa noted that the song does not only misinform but also creates laxity towards COVID-19 guidelines among the public.
“Currently, the Ministry of Health is working with the UCC and the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance to effectively deliver Health Promotion and Education information to the public,” part of Mwebesa’s letter read.
“It has been noted with concern that there is a song being broadcasted on electronic and social media with messages contradicting the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures on COVID-19 prevention titled “Tumbiza Sound’ by Eric Opoka A.K.A EeZzy. The message in the song has, in turn, caused misinformation among different audiences and subsequently creating complacency among the public.”
As a result, Mwebesa requested the Commission to consider banning the song to deter the public from any form of complacency.
“Furthermore, I wish to request that going forward all edutainment with health information/messages on COVID-19 passed onto the different media houses are harmonized with Ministry of Health before they are aired,” Mwebesa added attaching a copy of the song lyrics and the translation in English for UCC reference and action.
However, in the wake of events, the Commission has summoned the musician to respond to the allegations concerning his song.
According to a statement released by Irene Kaggwa-Sewankambo, UCC’s Ag. Executive Director, the musician should report to the Commission on Tuesday with only a maximum of three representatives.
“The complainant states that the Tumbiza Sound song contains messages contradicting the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Covid-19 prevention,” part of a statement from the Commission reads.
What is it with Tumbiza Sound?
If you listen very carefully to the song lyrics, the musician mentions controversial statements concerning the whole COVID-19 situation.
In the song, he requests the health ministry to reopen bars and concerts with people ready to comply with the SOPs. Further, he urges the Ministry to quarantine people in bars for 14 days.
“Mwe bwemuba mu lockdown, ffe tuba mu bend down,” loosely translated to “While you are in lockdown for us we are shaking it down,” one statement from the song reads.
However, during a recent interview on one of the local television stations, the musician noted that the public has a wrong perception of the song.
He said that his song has no bad intentions but he sang it to send a message to the authorities concerned that places such as bars and concerts can still be allowed to reopen provided they are compliant to the guidelines in place aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus.
“My song has no bad mind, I did the song because of the situation we are in right now, and I was simply raising my voice for the people. If you listen clearly, I was just asking those in the Ministry to ease the lockdown. It has a message to send to the concerned people but I also sang it for the fan bit of it,” the musician noted.