If any discord arises between Dr. Hilderman and his mentor, Bobi Wine, leading to potential fallout, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Hilderman’s recent criticism directed at the highly regarded National Unity Platform (NUP) leader might stir controversy.
The legislator firmly believes that Bobi Wine spoke out of ignorance when he criticized Eddy Kenzo for the UGX 34 billion allocated to the Uganda National Musicians Federation (UNMF). However, Hilderman, now a musician-turned-politician, takes some responsibility for the situation, admitting he didn’t brief Bobi Wine about the funds, which were distributed to musicians through investment Saccos.
To err on the side of caution, Hilderman acknowledges that he should have informed Bobi Wine about the ‘yellow’ cash, emphasizing that he advocated for the money from the government and was pleased when it was eventually released for the benefit of musicians.
In an interview with a local television station, the Shadow Minister of Arts clarified, “It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t able to advise the principal on such a serious issue because he sent me as his minister to represent the music industry and ensure that it’s promoted. So, don’t blame the principal, blame Kiyanga. I am not guilty of not updating him about how the money was allocated. So the money is not for Eddy Kenzo or a particular group of people; it’s for the artists. As a Shadow Minister of Arts, I have been asking the government to invest in the industry.