The Uganda Police Force has again rejected a request by singer tuned politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to stage an Independence Day concert.
‘Osobola Ku Independence’ show was set to happen on October 9 at Bobi Wine’s One Love Beach, Busabala, but police claimed that they have not yet received ‘orders from above’ to okay this concert.
Recently Bobi Wine, also the legislator of Kyadondo East wrote to the police, requesting for a permission to hold the said show, and also promised to abide by the police guidelines.
“I write this letter to notify you on the intentions to hold a music concert at One Love Beach, Busababa in Wakiso District and I am the proprietor of the venue. I request for security for the said concert. On our part we are ready to work with police,” reads Bobi Wine’s letter in part.
But Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga has declined Bobi Wine’s request, claiming that President Museveni told him to choose between music and politics and he refused.
“Bobi wine will not be allowed to stage any music concert. Even the President himself made it clear that he should choose between music and politics, he can’t do both,” Enanga said during a press briefing on Monday.
Enanga also noted that he has not yet received any official communication from his superiors that the concert can take place, and urged the concert organizers to liaise with the concerned police commanders and authorities to clear show, otherwise the show can’t happen.
Despite police’s claims, Bobi Wine is in studio doing rehearsals for this show, and has called upon his supporters to come through.
This will not be the first time Bobi Wine has been denied a chance to perform live since he joined politics. He estimates that about 150 shows countrywide have been canceled including the Kyarenga Concert that almost failed to happen, Boxing Day Busaabala Fest, Kyarenga Extra Concert among others.
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