By Fred Kiva
First son and Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has asked youth with talents to use them, as he graced singer Rebecca Jingo’s "18 Years on Stage Concert".
Represented by his Public Relations Officer Major Chris Magezi, General Kainerugaba commended the artiste for being consistent and using her talent to entertain Ugandans for the last 18 years. “General Kainerugaba has sent me to thank you for the successful musical journey, he supports you and he is one of your fans,” Maj Magezi said while delivering Gen Kainerugaba’s message during Jingo’s concert held at Club Obbligato on Friday evening.
The General supported the singer with Shillings 10million cash. “Jingo wrote to General Kainerugaba inviting him to this concert, but he could not make it here in person due to other commitments. He has sent me to deliver his financial contribution of 10million shillings to you,” Maj Magezi said as he handed the cash envelope to the visibly overwhelmed singer.
“Gen Kainerugaba pledges that he will do everything possible to continue supporting the youth, especially those with talents,” he added.The General has also been supporting a number of sports activities in his bid to narture youth with talents in soccer, netball and volleyball among others. He is currently the patron of Muhoozi Tournament, an annual sports event in Wakiso district.
The Senior Presidential Advisor also implored the youth to take advantage of government programs, such as the Capital Youth Venture Fund to economically empower themselves. On the other hand the General challenged Ugandans to ensure that the current peace and stability continues, noting that such night concerts are only possible when there is peace.
“The work that we do takes us to many places, including war torn ones, such events don’t take place there. We need to ensure that the current peace and stability in Uganda continues,” he noted. On her part Rebecca Jingo thanked Gen Kainerugaba for the financial support, saying she will always be indebted to him. The singer had earlier thrilled the revelers with her classic hits such as “Obwetowaze Bw’omukyala”, blended with her youthful dance moves, which left many yearning for more.
Fellow artistes; Catherine Kusasira,Messach Ssemakula,Harunah Mubiru,Betty Mpologoma,Sophie Nantongo and Annet Nandujja among others performed at the concert, with Ssemakula hailing Jingo for her good relationship with fellow musicians. “There is a reason why we had to be here. Jingo is the person who will play your song on radio and advertise your concert without any ill feelings,” he praised the musician, who doubles as a radio presenter.