by Kent Kenneth Arerenge
Rev Fr Deogratius Kateregga Kiibi uses homily at Mowzey Radio requiem mass to tell Ugandan artists to learn how to handle fame.
He said fame tends to get to their mind and they forget that its God who gave them that talent. Once they become celebrities, they stop going to church, mosques until when they are brought back, in casket. Dead!
With fame, money and their celebrity status, he said, they think they have become untouchable and can go around beating up everybody. The unnecessary fights, he said, send some of them like Mowzey Radio into the coffin, where their previously assumed powerfulness ceases.
Further, Rev Fr Kateregga asked Ugandan celebrities to stop using drugs, stop living extravagant lives, stop abandoning their wives at home because they’re spending most of the time in bars.
He said they can use their fame and money to become more productive and developmental to themselves and the nation. At Kololo on Friday, artistes will perform in celebration of a life snuffed out at such a young stage. Radio, whose life ended Thursday morning after he was hospitalised for 10 days following a bar brawl in Entebbe, had asked not to be mourned when he dies.
Instead, the 33-year-old preferred celebration.
And that is exactly what his managers have set out to do: have his fellow musicians pay tribute to an amazing vocalist by performing at the Kololo Grounds.
There were also performances during Thursday night’s vigil at Radio’s home in Makindye, Kampala, attended by thousands of people.
Burial will take place in Nakawuka, Wakiso district on Saturday.