“Bobi Wine is an artiste. This [politics] isn’t singing. If you are an artiste, go to Suzanna and Nakulabye” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the 15th March 2019
Again and again, the ones who oppose the Presidency and his reign are blocked from their functions. After the Athens Promotions have been informed by the authorities on the 19th April 2019, two days ahead of the scheduled Kyarenga Extra Concert on the 22nd April at One Love Beach, Busalaba. If you ever thought the authorities would relent and make it possible for Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi to keep his career. Your wrong. This is continuing to stop him performing. So, in the end, he just have to become a full-time politician and fight with legislation.
This has been a persisting problem, which have occurred again and again. This is what the Police Force does, as they have rules and regulations that is used to stop the Opposition from gathering. While the President can stop at a round-about without any pre-warning and make a rally. While his opposition will be forced with tear-gas and arrests. If not, they are not allowed to entertain the idea of meeting up. That is why they are blocking the Kyarenga Extra at his own property. An property, they have previously allowed it and there was no insecurity or violence there.
It doesn’t matter how much the Athens Promotions, the Firebase Entertainment and the rest of the team around Bobi Wine are applying. They will fall short, because they are on the wrong side of the aisle.
This is the misuse of the Public Order Management Act (POMA) as they can portray it whichever way they want. But the reality is that they are stifling the opposition and their possible ways of earning a living. For a President just last month, saying that Bobi Wine should stick to singing. Kinda hard to that, if your concerts are most likely blocked or suspended? If they are not allowed to happen or the authorities blocking the venues?
Therefore, the President should be warned that the political musician, might turn into a full-time politician and become even more savvy in that field. As your blocking his revenue stream. He will hit harder at you, the cattle-rancher turned self-styled life-President. Maybe, he should go there and hang-out with his favourite cows? Instead of silencing the Republic where his been reigning over for 33 years?
Well, this is just one of plenty of problems in the Republic. Just the proof of how vindictive and aggressive the Police Force and authorities are against their dissidents. That they are not even accepting a concert on your own land. This is the sort of thing that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) have normalized. They are continuing to do it and surely thinks its cool. While the reality will sooner or later hit them. When they have blocked enough political gatherings, enough political actors and also their inner-party work. When the people think its enough…
When that time comes, I don’t know, but this sort of actions. Will cause an effect, as people can react to the continues attack on their freedom and liberty to even participate or have leaders who can be leaders for them. They are awaiting the blessing of the Republic to build their political parties and engage the public. Because, if they start to hold rallies, radio-interviews, concerts, inner-party meetings or even party conferences. They can all be shut-down, either will on-air or before it even happening. This is just what the Police Force is up-to.
Therefore, Bobi Wine isn’t an exemption, but yet another Prime-Example of how the NRM and their Police Force is operating. Peace.
Letter from the Police: