For some time now the Operation Wealth Creation under the auspices of the UPDF and General Caleb Akandanwaho a.ka Salim Saleh has been involved in many projects across the country aiming to empower the ordinary wanainchi and create wealth to Ugandans especially those not involved in the money sector.
It is for this reason that today the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) took it yet to another level when they announced that they in support of the Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners Association will hold the OWC Kandongokamu Music Competition Grand Finale at Kololo Independence Grounds on the 16th December 2017 where 25 kadongokamu artists from all over the country who have already made it to the finals will battle it out for a combined prize money of UGX 100M. The 25 finalists were also unveiled today.
The announcement was made this morning at The Uganda Media Centre in Kampala and according to the organisers, the grand finale will be held before an audience filled with a mix of judges, OWC well wishers, partners, sponsors as well as an enthusiastic crowd.
ORGANISERS SPEAK OUT
In a speech read to him by the day’s host Sylvia Owori Gen. Saleh encouraged participating artistes to mobilize fellow Ugandans especially the 68% outside the money economy to engage in sustainable commercial agricultural production in order to eradicate poverty once and for all.
The Chairperson Organising Committee Major (Rtd) Rubaramira Ruranga while giving his remarks described the campaign as ‘war’ which has to be fought on all fronts just like how they have already fought and won so many other wars since the bush war.
“This operation is for those not involved in the money economy like KandongoKamu artistes who must also benefit from the war. The war must continue in different forms like music to carry and deliver the message of wealth creation.” The lively retired Major said.
“Element of health must also be included in the this war because when people are healthy, we don’t have to go to hospital and waste valuable time as the message has to be put out there. The wanainchi trusts the army that’s why the war is with UPDF. because the army always delivers.” He added.
Lt.General Charles Angina who was the key note speaker said this is just a curtain raiser as bigger events are yet to come up next year. He encouraged to embrace Operation Wealth Creation because God has already blessed the country with good weather, climate and minerals and other natural resources
The competition aimed at promoting local talent as well as spread the gospel of wealth creation was officially introduced to the public by The Chief Coordinator of OWC Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho (Rtd) Salim Saleh on the 1st May 2017 at Pope Paul Hotel in Ndeeba where Kadongokamu fraternity in Uganda embraced it with numerous artistes hurriedly rising to the challenge; they composed and produced songs that promote agriculture and animal industry as a vehicle for lifting a huge percentage of our population to middle class status by the year 2020 as in the National Development Plan, Vision 2020 and Vision 2040.
This was followed up with yet another remarkable event organized on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at Kapeeka Grounds in Nakaseke district where Gen. Saleh officially flagged off the competition to spread to all regions of the country. Competing artists both upcoming and already prominent ones performed a range of ensembles that they had pieced together in front of the excited crowd and special guests in attendance that day.
The 100Million for the prize which was already given by the president H.E Yoweri K. Museveni shall be shared among the top 4 winners with 1st overal winner walking away with 50m First Rinner up 25m, Second Runner up 15m, and Third Runner up 10m.
The finalists, in no particular order, have been assigned numbers to make voting easy for the public to vote using SMS whose platform is run by SMS ONE (U0 Ltd. The codes are as follows.
|NAME OF ARTISTE||VOTING CODE|
|Mariam Namubiru Ngumize||001|
|Lord Fred Sebatta||010|
|Salongo Dan Mugula||017|
|Muzeyi Mayambala Sekasi||020|
|Kennedy Omuzibe Muwanguzi||022|
|Gold Ki-Matono Opeto||024|
To vote for your favorite artist (es), one has to SMS the number assigned to the artiste to code 8888. The more times you vote, the higher the chances the artists stands to win!