Police stop Bobi Wine music concerts again

Sunday April 21 2019

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Kyaddondo East member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. File photo  

By Monitor Reporter

The assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Assuman Mugenyi has directed police commanders, to block all planned music concerts by Kyaddondo East member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

The letter dated April 19, 2019, is also copied to Abtex Promotions, the organiser of Easter Monday show at One Love Beach Busabala; Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander and all regional police commanders

Mr Mugenyi says the commanders must comply because the musician cum politician has always disregarded the set and agreed upon guidelines for such activities.

Last year, police blocked the musician’s Kyalenga Album launch at Namboole Stadium. Attempts to stage the show at his One Love Beach in Busabala, Wakiso District were also thwarted.  

In response, Bobi Wine said they will not sit and watch as their rights continue to be violated.

"We shall resist this impunity," Bobi Wine said in a Sunday social media post.

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He said the latest police move brings the number of blocked concerts across the country to 124 since October 2017.

He wondered why all other entertainers are not required to fulfill any of the police requirements and their shows have not been stopped.

Below is Mugenyi's the letter

In respect to the above captioned subject matter, yours to the Inspector General of Police dated 25th March, 2019, and our subsequent correspondence ref OPS/176/01, dated 15th April 2019.

This serves to inform you that despite the elaborate and clear guidelines well stipulated in our correspondences and the previous meetings we have had regarding the preparations for, the manner, the conduct, the characterises and security demands from your side, the previous concerns have fallen short of agreed upon positions in line with lawfulness, safety and security.

For example, the disregard for the set and agreed upon guidelines has quite often resulted in acts related to public nuisance, violation of traffic rules and regulations and various other misconduct which [is] not only a breach of the law but endangers lives of Ugandans, some of whom are not part of the revellers.

On the 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).

You will, therefore, have to suspend or stop such concerts until such robust public safety mechanisms are put in place to secure the revellers, other Ugandans who may be affected by such concerts and keep law, order, and public safety generally.

Respective territorial police commanders are by copy of this letter informed accordingly. Make sure there is compliance.

Looking forward for a future great coordination and cooperation.

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