At least 11 people have been detained by police for pelting bottles at Bebe Cool during Cindy’s Boom Party concert over the weekend at Lugogo Cricket Oval, according to police.
“The suspects were arrested by our covert officers that were within the crowd. They are detained at Jinja Road Police Station,” Police spokesman Fred Enanga said on Monday.
The arrests come in the wake of numerous attacks targeted on the local artistes who have openly exhibited their support for the ruling National Resistance Movement party. Early this year, Big eye, one of the open NRM supporters was pelted with objects while performing on stage at Spice Diana’s concert at Freedom City Namasuba. The singer was later on admitted to Hospital after sustaining mild injuries. No arrests were made.
The perpetrators of this trend accuse the artistes for the ban on Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi’s music concerts for what they claim to be political reasons.
The report comes shortly after Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba faulted police for not doing enough to protect singers who support NRM from violence from the opposition. Bebe Cool is a known supporter of the National Resistance Movement Party.
“How could Police and the bouncers at Cindy’s concert allow a few hooligans to hurl bottles at one of Uganda’s greatest artistes? The same hooligans beat up women (on Women’s Day) for simply loving Presdent Museveni and Bebe Cool. We expect a lot better next time from Uganda Police Force,” he communicated on twitter.
Mr Linos Ongompek, the President’s envoy in Agago District says the arrests were long overdue and wondered how police could fail to protect the supporters of the party in power. “This is just ridiculous. How on Earth would supporter of NRM fail to feel at ease for supporting a party which is in power,” Ngompek said in a telephone interview with this news website, adding that young people should desist from using the peace brought by NRM against others.
CP Enanga said they aren’t going to allow pelting of artistes with bottles at events.
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