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Nyombi Thembo buries his sorrow in music

The mood at Planet Sports Bar at Metroplex shopping mall last Wednesday night was one of celebration.

Not only was GOtv celebrating its first anniversary, it was also opening another outlet at the Naalya-based shopping complex. In addition, state minister for ICT Nyombi Thembo, who was the guest of honour had kept his position on the cabinet after the reshuffle that took place earlier in the day. So there was more than enough reason to pop the champagne.

The event was by invite-only affair and the biggest number of those in attendance was of Journalists and employees of MultiChoice Uganda. The best part came before the cutting of the cake. Thembo and the MultiChoice Uganda chairman, Stephen Musoke, walked over to the smaller stage where Afrigo Band, the entertainers of the night, had set up their equipment. For a moment I waited for the big men to embarrass themselves singing Happy Birthday GOtv. But they had a bigger surprise waiting.

Thembo turned lead singer, backed by Musoke and Afrigo Band’s Moses Matovu, Don Kanta and the rest, and they stole the show singing Afrigo’s famous hit, Bw’osika Ekitajja. Just when we thought they were done, Thembo who just weeks ago lost his wife in a nasty road accident, led on Kino Ky’ekiseera, fully armed with the lyrics and rhythm. So if the good minister ever misses out on any upcoming reshuffle, I am sure his other talent will comfortably keep him afloat as a fully-fledged artiste. Looks like Moses Matovu would have no problem signing him into Afrigo.

Is any promoter picking up this hint? A show organised to showcase the talent of Uganda’s ministers, Members of Parliament, lawyers and bank bosses would sell out faster than Lucky Dube’s1997 concert at Mandela National stadium.

Earlier in the day, GOtv a product of MultiChoice had launched a Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) in Kulambiro as part of the activities to mark its birthday. This is its third site after constructing others in Rubaga and Entebbe. The move is a giant step as Uganda continues its digital migration. At the launch, Thembo said digital migration will only be successful if the government, the regulator (Uganda Communications Commission) and the private sector work together to develop the necessary infrastructure.


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