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Rose Mwanje Nkaale, the Commissioner in charge of Museums and Monuments at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities says she has seen the photos making rounds on social media but that the act amounts to adulteration of the monument.
The Monument as it looks now.

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A number of people in Kampala City  are still wondering what letter M at the Independence Monument represents.

Over the weekend, photos of the Independence monument designed to form letter M started circulating on social media and some drew a conclusion, the letter represents Museveni.

Even people like Stephen Okwaro, a Boda Boda rider at Collins House who say the letter was put up while they watched still doesn’t know what it represents. He says however that since it is a campaign season, it should be someone campaigning.   

//Cue in: “Its there it…   

Cue out: …what I think”//   

Another City dweller says the letter can only represent Museveni. He says since it is a campaign period, politicians are racing to place poster in strategic locations as they bid for positions in the coming 2021 general elections.  

//Cue in: “Ewo era ndaba…

Cue out: …nebasalawo kyebaagala”//   

Jimmy Nuwagaba is not different from the rest. He also thinks the National Resistance Movement- NRM is the one that put up the letter to represent Museveni, the party candidate for the presidency. 

 

//Cue in: “Eyo gundi letter…   

Cue out: …ya Mukama waabwe”//

However, URN has learnt the letter represents MAMA which stands for MTV Music Africa Awards. Daniel NuweAbine, the spokesperson of Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA, a government agency that is charged with managing the monument told URN in a brief message that “It’s about the MTV award”. He could not provide any details yet.

According to the MTV Africa Music Awards campaign brief seen by URN, the letter is part of the teaser campaign created to excite the public ahead of the announcement of Kampala as the host city of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2021. 

The MTV Africa Music Awards also known as the MAMAs were established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa now Viacom International Media Networks Africa to celebrate the most popular contemporary music in Africa. 

Rose Mwanje Nkaale, the Commissioner in charge of Museums and Monuments at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities says she has seen the photos making rounds on social media but that the act amounts to adulteration of the monument.

According to the Historical Monuments Act of 1968, no person, whether owner or not, is allowed to make alteration, addition to, or repair, destroy, deface or injure any object declared to be preserved or protected.

Mwanje doesn’t know if KCCA has granted permission to anyone to use the monument but is yet to find out.