Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB) has declined a request by Socialite Frank Gashumba to register the slogan ‘Omalako Jajja Tova Ku Main’ as his own.
The assistant registrar of copyright at URSB Birungi Denis dismissed Gashumba’s application of copyright under registration number UG/C/2023/89 on grounds that there’s no enough evidence to prove ownership of the slogan and that Gashumba is not the author of the disputed works.
Birungi also says that Gashumba was not commissioned, the first objector Hajat Hadijah Uzeiye, manager of the office of the National Chairman at Kyambogo, to develop the disputed slogan.
Frank Gashumba filed an application to URSB on May 18, 2023, to register the slogan ‘Omalako Jajja Tova Ku Main’. However, in June, Hajat Hadijah Uzeiye petitioned URSB not to accept Gashumba’s request on grounds that she is the original author of the slogan.
According to Birungi, the slogan has become part and parcel of campaign messaging associated with NRM youth with an intent of mobilising support for President Museveni and pushing for his 2026 presidential bid.
“I take note of the fact that the disputed works are works of a political character. They are intended for the mobilization of the president and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and have become synonymous with campaign messaging of the NRM and its youth supporters,” he said.
On May 18, 2023, Frank applied for the registration of the ‘Omalako Jajja Tova Ku Main’ slogan. Gashumba claims, he authored the slogan on November 5th, 2022 and later uses it in Campaign Activity for President Museveni.
On the other hand, Hajat Hadijah says, she and her team at the office of the national chairman came up with the slogan. Hadijah claims Gashumba, through his company Sarafina Events Ltd, approached her to participate in an awareness campaign for President Museveni’s presidential bid and offered to help with branding.
Hadijah claims to have launched the slogan on October 19th, 2022, at an event dubbed ‘Omalako Jajja Tova Ku Main’, held at her office in Kyambogo.
Frank Gashumba and Hajat Hadijah are divided on political grounds. The former is a supporter of team Muhoozi Keinerugaba (MK), while the latter is an advocate for President Museveni’s 2026 presidential bid.
The political divisions between the two are believed to be the root cause of the disagreements over the use of the ‘Omalako Jajja Tova Ku Main’ slogan.
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