Police have blocked Bobi Wine’s kyarenga extra concert that had been scheduled for Easter.
In a statement dated April 19 2019 to the concert organiser Abtex promotions, Police said despite the ellaborate and clear guidelines well stipulated in the previous meetings, the manner,conduct and security demands from the organisers side as well as the previous concerts have fallen short of the agreed upon positions in line with lawfulness, safety and security.
“On that background therefore Uganda Police will not be able to secure your planned concerts and will not risk them to be carried out in any unsecure environment(s).”
Following the development Bobi Wine has posted on his Facebook page condemning Police for taking such a cowardly decision.
We have just received this letter from the Uganda Police Force stopping all our scheduled music shows – including the one scheduled for tomorrow at One Love Beach, Busabala. They have been playing ping-pong games for over a month since we wrote to them. Three days ago, they wrote back to us giving us a litany of requirements. We invested huge sums of money to meet their demands, some of which were unreasonable. This was in addition to what we have invested in advertising and preparing the show. I think they thought we would fail to meet them. When we did and submitted them, the responsible officers started hiding themselves from us! Last night, they intercepted the trucks which were carrying the machines for the show. Today, this is the letter they gave to us- no show. Please remember, all other artistes are not required to fulfill any of these requirements and their shows have not been stopped. This brings the total number of our blocked concerts across the country to 124 since October, 2017.
We shall not sit and watch as our rights continue to be violated. WE SHALL RESIST THIS IMPUNITY.