By Ivan Mwine
Celebrated Ugandan dancehall king King Saha real Mansur Ssemanda, is the new president of the Uganda Musicians’ Association (UMA), after he was elected to the position during elections that were held Sunday at the National Theatre, in Kampala.
King Saha beat off stiff competition from fellow singer Cindrella Sanyu aka Cindy, who was also wanted to head the Association.
The two picked nominations forms for the UMA presidency on Saturday ahead of the elections on Sunday from which King Saha emerged victorious.
Saha is set to replace the outgoing Association president Wycliffe Tugume aka Ykee Benda, whose tenure expired a few days ago.
Ykee Benda, who took over from Sophie Gombya, assumed the UMA presidency on September 8th, 2020, with Cindy as his Vice President.
However, his tenure has been marred by lots of scandals that mainly rotate around the misappropriation of funds given to the Association by government in a bid to uplift the lives of Ugandan musicians.
UMA started up as a breakaway faction from the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS), as a umbrella body aimed at bringing together all associations of musicians and creative arts performers in a bid to have a collective bargaining voice.