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Bobi Wine: This afternoon, it was a pleasure meeting with the leader of Jamaica, the Most

This afternoon, it was a pleasure meeting with the leader of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness. Among other things, we discussed the role of music and the arts in a nation’s development. I commended him, as well as the previous governments of Jamaica for recognising the role of music in raising the consciousness of a people, as opposed to persecuting arts and artistes. I also appreciated his country for recognising the potential of young people and putting them at the helm of their country’s development agenda- seeing that he is also the youngest Prime Minister in Jamaica’s history.
I thanked him for coming to watch us perform at the concert along with the Prime Minister of Barbados and the leader of Opposition in Jamaica.
Juxtaposing it with Uganda, it was refreshing to see him sit through several performances and even listen to songs which were critical of his government. At our meeting today, he explained that he considers music to be a mirror through which society must view itself. To him, music communicates much more than politics, and attending the concert was an opportunity for him to listen and understand what his people are saying about how they are being governed and how things might be made better. I expressed my full agreement with his view and told him how we aspire to build that kind of leadership in our own country.
As I leave Jamaica, let me express my most sincere thanks to my brother for inviting me for his show. I also appreciate other fellow artistes in Jamaica and other countries with whom I shared the stage, and those I have met on the side lines and drawn encouragement from. Thank you, the great people of Jamaica for such a warm reception. As the younger generation of African leaders, we must find a way of connecting our continent more to our brothers and sisters over here. On my way here, it took me 36 hours to travel from Uganda to Jamaica through three countries. Why? Because there was no direct flight connecting the two countries. This is so even when we share a lot in terms of culture, values and aspirations with the people of the Caribbeans. I look forward to returning

This afternoon, it was a pleasure meeting with the leader of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Prime Minister Andrew Michael Holness. Among other things, we discussed the role of music and the arts in a nation’s development. I commended him, as well as the previous governments of Jamaica for recognising the role of music in raising the consciousness of a people, as opposed to persecuting arts and artistes. I also appreciated his country for recognising the potential of young people and putting them at the helm of their country’s development agenda- seeing that he is also the youngest Prime Minister in Jamaica’s history.
I thanked him for coming to watch us perform at the concert along with the Prime Minister of Barbados and the leader of Opposition in Jamaica.
Juxtaposing it with Uganda, it was refreshing to see him sit through several performances and even listen to songs which were critical of his government. At our meeting today, he explained that he considers music to be a mirror through which society must view itself. To him, music communicates much more than politics, and attending the concert was an opportunity for him to listen and understand what his people are saying about how they are being governed and how things might be made better. I expressed my full agreement with his view and told him how we aspire to build that kind of leadership in our own country.
As I leave Jamaica, let me express my most sincere thanks to my brother for inviting me for his show. I also appreciate other fellow artistes in Jamaica and other countries with whom I shared the stage, and those I have met on the side lines and drawn encouragement from. Thank you, the great people of Jamaica for such a warm reception. As the younger generation of African leaders, we must find a way of connecting our continent more to our brothers and sisters over here. On my way here, it took me 36 hours to travel from Uganda to Jamaica through three countries. Why? Because there was no direct flight connecting the two countries. This is so even when we share a lot in terms of culture, values and aspirations with the people of the Caribbeans. I look forward to returning

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