Rachael Magoola, Ugandan legendary singer, songwriter and dancer has challenged Ethics and Integrity minister, Fr Simon Lokodo, to go and arrest her if he can.
One of the members of Afrigo Band famous for her songs “Obangaina”, Magoola was responding to a new directive by the Public Service ministry on how government officials should dress or beautify themselves.
According to the new dress code, female officials are not supposed to waer tight or see-through dresses/panties that show thighs or blouses that show breasts or apply too much makeup.
“Miniskirts are back and makeup!” she exclaimed. “The idle and disorderly minds are now trying to do some work!”
“How about agitating for a pay rise for the teachers and medical people so their morale boost might translate into better services?” she asked.
She added: “How about raising hell on behalf of the cancer patients who have list hope for lack of the machine which broke down God knows since forever who need it to stay alive!”
Magoola then took her time and made her hair beautifully, applied her make up, too shots of herself and invited Lokodo: “Father Ethics and integrity can come and arrest me for make-up! Kokoonyo!”
The singer is currently championing an online petition to encourage Uganda’s parliament to pass the acid attacks prohibition and prevention bill.
This petition will be delivered to Parliament of the Republic of Uganda and President Yoweri Museveni.
Angry at Uganda critics
Earlier, she lost her temper on the “one track myopic view Ugandans have of musicians”, saying most cannot write or sing a tune except when they mumble with abandon to what we write and produce.
“We work hard build a following to reckon with, but because we do what most only dream about, we are labelled as stupid. Yet our ideas and influence are celebrated by generations.”
She said all manner of professions seek political office, among those there are a range from brilliant to mediocre to witness in action.
“When we seek to lead we are labelled thugs. To our music you celebrate everything and mourn your loss. But are too ignorant to recognise what moves you so permeates every facet of your lives including politics.”
She said, for example, Bobi Wine’s win in Kyadondo bared naked the level of ignorance society has about the power of music.
“Nakawuki labelled Bobi”s win as that of thugs. Hon Matembe similarly ridiculed the victory in Kyadondo East. My own people like Janet Mauba did the same. They hug us and sing our praises and take pictures with us when they hope for validation when we turn our backs we are a source of amusement.”
She says when one demeans an artist, it is an affront to all of them who have invested years to entertain, educate through their music.
“How sad to see the claws rearing their ugly stance! Change is coming, change is here! Ugandans wake up and smell the coffee! We are a lot more to this society than your limited exposure can allow.”
She added: “Do your research and learn a few lessons from Estonia, from the civil rights movement in the USA to the war on apartheid in South Africa. If you cannot see the power of music there you are a lost intellectual cause.”
Magoola’s musical journey started at home where her father, the late Nicholas Magoola, was a music teacher at several colleges in eastern Uganda.
As a young girl she sang in the church choir and played musical instruments at home.
Magoola joined Afrigo where she arranged a lot of the music and choreography.
In 2001 Rachel formed and launched her own group which recorded three albums: “Inhaife”, “Tyenda Wundi” and “Tonyiiga”.
In 2003, she lef Afrigo band and Uganda, for the United Kingdom. At London’s South Bank she led the ‘Women of Kampala’ group in London’s African Music Festival and collaborated with South African trumpeter Claude Deppa.
In 2009 Rachel and her band performed at the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar.
Her compositions contain elements of languages and traditional rhythms from all regions of Uganda, as well as reggae and zouk.