Police Speaks on Bobi Wine Namboole ‘Kyarenga’ Concert Cancellation
Police Can’t Guarantee Bobi Wine Kyarenga Namboole Concert
Uganda police has broken the silence on reports of the cancellation of Bobi Wine’s planned Namboole ‘Kyarenga’ concert.
Last week, rising politician, singer and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine announced he would hold a concert for his song ‘Kyarenga’ at the Mandela Stadium Namboole.
If he succeeds in holding the concert, Bobi Wine will be the second artiste to do in about two decades since Lucky Dube sang at the stadium’s inauguration.
Days after Bobi Wine’s announcement, police spokesperson Emilian Kayima was quoted as saying the force would not allow both Bobi Wine and Robert Kyagulanyi at Namboole.
Kayima’s statement, which the force has made before, implies that Bobi Wine should only come to sing, not to talk about politics.
Bobi Wine is a leader of People Power, a loose movement of Ugandans demanding for the exit of three-decade president Yoweri Museveni.
It is only eight days to Bobi Wine’s October 20 concert.
And police says the singer-turned-MP is yet to make a formal request to the force on holding the concert at Namboole.
On Thursday, Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango told reporters in Kampala that someone had verbally told the police about the Kyarenga Namboole concert.
The officers at police had advised ‘Bobi Wine’s messenger’ to make a formal request.
He added that police would not be compelled to allow the concert.
“It is not a guarantee that when they request us, we shall allow,” said Onyango.
Onyango also sought clarification on the charges at the ‘Kyarenga’ concert.
“Some people say that the concert is free while others tell us that it is at a fee,” said Onyango.
Nambole Stadium Management has also reportedly denied receiving payment from Bobi Wine Kyarenga concert organizers.