Adam Mulwana

Renowned Ugandan musician, Mulwana, known for his iconic political campaign song “Toka Kwa Barabara,” which he dedicated to FDC’s Col Dr. Kizza Besigye during the 2016 elections, tragically passed away in the early hours of Tuesday. The news of his sudden demise shocked many as he was rushed to a clinic in Makindye after collapsing in his bathroom. Sadly, he was declared dead upon arrival at the health facility.

Adam Mulwana burial

Mulwana’s brother, Mubajje, recounted their last conversation, revealing that Mulwana had mentioned having a mild fever at lunchtime on Monday. Despite his reassurances of recovery, Mulwana’s condition deteriorated rapidly. He complained of a severe stomachache before collapsing, marking the tragic end of his battle with illness.

Hajj Mubiru, another family member, disclosed Mulwana’s ongoing health struggles, indicating that he had been battling illness for over two years. In a chilling revelation, Mulwana had previously stated that he believed he had been poisoned, adding a layer of complexity to his medical history.

Mulwana’s contribution to Ugandan politics through his music cannot be overstated. His song “Toka Kwa Barabara,” which translates to “get out of the way” in Swahili, became synonymous with the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change and its leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye. It served as a rallying cry during the 2016 elections, symbolizing the struggle against the incumbent President Museveni’s regime.

Despite his fame, Mulwana lived in constant fear and paranoia, often changing residences due to concerns of surveillance by security operatives. This heightened sense of vulnerability underscores the challenges faced by artists who choose to express dissent through their work in politically charged environments.

In the wake of Mulwana’s passing, an outpouring of grief has swept through Uganda, particularly among the opposition circles. Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to his legacy and mourn the loss of a talented artist and political activist.

Adam Mulwana

The funeral arrangements for Mulwana have been set, with his body scheduled to lie in state at the National Theater, allowing fellow artists and admirers to pay their respects. His burial is slated to take place in his ancestral home in Butambala later this Tuesday afternoon, marking the end of an era for Ugandan music and political activism.

Mulwana’s untimely demise leaves a void in the Ugandan music scene and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by artists who dare to challenge the status quo through their art. As the nation mourns his passing, his legacy as a fearless voice for change will continue to resonate for years to come.

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