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Uganda police quiz singer over late John Garang hit

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March 25, 2012 (KAMPALA/JUBA) – Police in Uganda last week summoned a renowned gospel singer, in relation to a political song that they claim could cause diplomatic row with other countries.

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Ugandan gospel singer Maggie Kayima (New Vision)

The singer, Maggie Kayima, in her new release titled, ‘Emitima Gy’abantu’ talks of how she allegedly interacted with spirits of deceased prominent figures like South Sudan late hero, John Garang, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Rwanda’s Juvenal Habyarimana, among others, in her dream.

Kayima, according to Sunday Vision, claims the spirits of those killed disclosed causes of their deaths and those who “betrayed” them.

However, Ibin Ssenkumbi, the spokesperson of Kampala Metropolitan Police told the state-owned newspaper that the song could “cause confusion and diplomatic issues” between Uganda and its neighbours.

He said police on Friday interrogated the gospel artist, but later released her “unconditionally.” Ssenkumbi said she will be asked to report back for further questioning later.

Meanwhile, Kayima reportedly told journalists that she was innocent and only composed the song after what she encountered in her dream.

An official in South Sudan’s Foreign Affair ministry downplayed the impact such a song could have, saying the matter was long resolved.

“Although I have never heard the song, I doubt if it has the potential to cause any diplomatic row between South Sudan and Uganda. It’s a matter that is sensitive, but with less impact,” said the official, who asked not to be named.

John Garang led southern rebels - the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (SPLM/A) for over two decades of war with various Khartoum governments until a power and wealth sharing peace deal in 2005.

Allowing South Sudan the right to secede through a referendum was a key part of the peace deal, ending a war that had cost two million lives.

Garang, died in a helicopter crash while returning from Uganda just 21 days after becoming the First Vice President of Sudan and the President of South Sudan, which became an autonomous self-governing region as part of the deal.

Salva Kiir, then Garang’s deputy replaced him in his official government positions. He also became the chairman of the SPLM and the head of the SPLA.

In January last year South Sudan voted almost unanimously to secede and on 9 July 2011 and Kiir became the nation’s first elected head of state.

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  • 27 March 2013 06:30, by julia

    no doubt that u president museveni yoweri kaguta killed John Garang for sake of money! We know but we don,t ve leaders to pursue the diplomacy what we had re oil oriented gangs thieves under the big thieves leadership mr cowboy.

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    • 27 March 2013 07:30, by Lorolokin

      Julia,
      That’s it allowed and clear.

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      • 28 March 2013 02:38, by Force 1

        Dr. John Garang was killed by NCP inner circle! Yes, we have a lot of choices of who killed Garang and those who actually did it knows exactly who has the correct choice out all these multiple choices. This does not need a genius to figure it out. Someone within NCP inner circle would come out 5 or 10 years from now and say Bashir and his inner circle did it! It’s just a matter of time.

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    • 27 March 2013 07:57, by Tutbol

      Dr. Garang was vaporized by the West. Petty Ugandans & of course some senior officials from the Ugandans govt aren’t as clean as Africans souls. But what can S Sudanese do when, they are taken as savage in the West & illiterates in Africa by even people they can swept off like they are sweeping off weeds in a day? The UK is not wanted in S Sudan, but it will find itself again in UG than S Sudan.

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      • 27 March 2013 08:14, by John mamer

        This singer is innocent John Garang was killed by Museveni but was instructed by American with allies but he will die in the same way, if I was to be leader of any country I will not personally befriend Museveni.

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  • 27 March 2013 09:15, by Majongdit

    Uganda is a small country that shall for a long time depend on South Sudan. Now that S Sudan is independent it is just a matter of few years and the entire East Africa shall be managed around this country. When South Sudan finds out that Uganda has a hand in the death of Dr Garang then terrible consequencies shall be faced by Uganda.

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    • 27 March 2013 09:38, by Kurnyel

      Your evil master had died and he will never come back again, who cares about Garang death? Do you idiot know how many belove sons and daughters killed by your criminal John Garang? Ask yourself why your headed ugly Kiir never asked question about Garand death. I am asking Aalah to take Garang soul directly to hell. His life was taken by Alah because of injustice he had cause among Sudanese.

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      • 27 March 2013 19:16, by Deadly

        I know I should respect your choice, but I’m finding it hard not to think you’re being an idiot.
        A group of idiots led by a wise man can defeat a group of wise people led by an idiot.
        You must be a special kind of stupid to think acting like a jerk is attractive to girls. You need to take time in school not to just vomit stupid things into the space do u know what Garang did to the Nation?

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      • 27 March 2013 19:19, by Deadly

        i was talking to you Ashole Kurnyel or Kuridiot!

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  • 27 March 2013 11:33, by Makunon

    Long live John Garang in spirit, live Kayima in life. Your dream is true Garang was killed by Museveni no doubt

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