15th October, 2018
Last night I returned to Uganda after a very successful trip in Nairobi – Kenya. I am very grateful to Kenya for the warm brotherly welcome. Later, I will send out a special message of thanks to the people of Kenya and specific individuals who made our visit memorable.
I know that many of our friends are anxious about the status of our KYARENGA concert which stands scheduled for this Saturday. 20th October.
Upon return to the country, I had a meeting with our team to evaluate and make final decisions about the concert.
As you are all aware, there have been several hiccups in our preparations. These problems have been caused by the inconsistency and lack of transparency on the part of Uganda Police Force. For the past three weeks, the event organizers have been tossed up and about by the police. Indeed, over three weeks ago, we approached the police and informed them about our intentions to hold the concert as required by law.
We agreed and made payments to the Namboole Stadium management, and made a booking for the 13th of October. That was our initial date of choice for the show. After making a deposit on venue fees, the Managing Director of the stadium called requesting us to change the date because there was going to be a match between Uganda Cranes and Lesotho on the date we had booked. Even when we had already recorded adverts mentioning the 13th, we decided that a game involving our national team was very important and it was fit and proper for us to let them access the stadium. We then agreed with Namboole Management and rescheduled our concert for the 20th of October. We started advertising.
Once again our team went to the Police headquarters in Naguru with a written request for the Police to clear the show and provide security on that day. On arrival, the police officers in charge of recieving and filing letters refused to stamp on it to indicate that it had been recieved. Even when we insisted that we needed this for our records, they persisted. Days went by and when we followed up, the team was advised to meet the Director of Research in the Police about the same!
Our team went ahead with other copies of the letter to the Director of Research (Mr. Ochom) who sent us to the Inspector General of Police. The team went to the IGP’s office and he sent them to his assistant who then sent them to afande Asuman Mugyenyi.
At this point, these guys started speaking a different language.
The team was asked to get written clearance from Namboole stadium first and when they approached the Namboole MD for the letter, he in turn asked them for police clearance!
It is a day later that we saw a letter on social media addressed to us from Namboole saying that the 20th of October was also booked for a wedding. We asked for a copy of the letter if it was legitimate and it was not given to us.
The team also visited the Kampala Metropolitan Police office and the KMP head, Moses Kafeero referred them to his assistant. His assistant told them to go to the Chieftaincy of Military intelligence (CMI) if they wanted any information concerning police clearance of the Kyarenga Concert!
My team went back to the Police headquarters on Friday last week and they were told to go back today at 10am on condition that I appear with them in person. When they told me, I decided to cut short my trip to Kenya to attend this meeting today. To my dismay, when my team reached the Police headquarters this morning, they were told that the IGP was out of town. I resorted to making phone calls to him all day today but the person who picked my calls kept telling me that the IGP was in a meeting at the Police headquarters board room since 8:00am.
We have done everything required of us by law but it is apparent that the people in authority are doing everything possible to frustrate the concert.
As things stand, the concert has been left in balance. A lot of money and time have been spent in advertisements and preparations.
Dear fans and friends, I am not sure when or whether the Kyarenga Concert will happen. But I advise those in authority to desist from these provocations. I am a Ugandan artiste with a legitimate right to stage a concert.
I just have to ask after the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party President was scheduled to meet with party leadership for an internal meeting with the party leaders of Kasese today. However, he was blocked from entering today and was ordered to travel back to Kampala. The Police arrested him on the spot after blocking the road. Also because of lack of gas, they dropped him off in Fort Portal and further released him.
This is in the same month, the same Party President haven’t been allowed to accessing Kumi, Bukedea and Soroti. Therefore, he will struggle to meet and greet, but also access the party, as is his duty as the Party President.
If the police in these instances are using the Public Order Management Act of 2010 as reference, the law states that the internal gathering to discuss party organization and internal affairs, does not mean it is a public meeting and therefore, does not constitute the use of the law in question. This is in the explanation part of law.
What was happening today and earlier in the month, have been internal party gatherings and functions of the party, to discuss the way forward and how to organize their efforts. This has not been public meeting or rallies. Today was a meeting with local party leadership where the President of Party could also reside to follow.
Clearly, this is problem to the state, since they are now blocking the Party President to do his functions and follow his party. This is part of the paradigm, as the NRM are allowed to everything without any consequences, but the FDC have to be burned. This is yet another prime example of this. Where now Patrick Oboi Amuriat is now paying the price and cannot do his elected job.
What is weirder in this manner, did the police ever do this to Rtd. Gen. Mugisha Muntu? Did they stop him from doing his job and such? They stopped a few rallies in the Ankoli in the running up to the General Election, but at that point, the Police is stopping everything associated with Besigye. However, I cannot remember the Police crashing Muntu’s internal party work or even arresting at the FDC Headquarters, where others was taken away, but not him.
That was a side-note, but shows the difference of leadership and what it cost. It costs for POA to be who is and what he represents. Clearly he is striking a nerve and paying the price. As they are not allowing him to meet his own party leaders in the districts of Kasese, Bukedea, Kumi and Soroti. Who knows, which else districts they will block him from accessing?
Secondly, what is illegal with what POA is doing? To what extent and what rights has the security forces right to do this to him?
Certainly, with the knowledge of this police force and this leadership. This is not the last. Not the final straw. This saga will continue. Peace.
That the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the Police Force and the Namboole Stadium Management are a bunch of cowards. They are small belittled entitled men and woman, who doesn’t see their weakness and their lack of tolerance. They cannot even stomach a concert of a pop-artist and a Member of Parliament. However, the same party can show-up everywhere and do whatever they pleases. But if your a voice in the other direction. Than, you have to be silenced by the authorities.
Earlier this week in the media, there was talks and mentions from the Police Force, who the Observer reported: “Police casts doubt on Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga concert. Kampala police commander says they can’t allow the Oct 20 concert because Namboole stadium was already booked for other events. Police also says organisers haven’t sought clearance” (the Observer, 11.10.2018).
We have heard this sort of stuff before, than that was about the venues Dr. Kizza Besigye was showing up to hold rallies, that was closed and sealed off. For all the same reasons. We have all been here before.
On the same day, it is revealed that the management of the Stadium also sent Fire Base Entertainment and Bobi Wine a letter, explaining that the Concert wouldn’t be happen on the scheduled date. That suddenly a Wedding is happening and that the Stadium Management is also following that the event wasn’t cleared with Police. Clearly, the management have been foretold and following direction from above. Finding ways to stifle the possible concert, that Bobi Wine and his company had already booked for. If he hadn’t booked through his company and his people, they wouldn’t have made the posters and prepared it.
This is just a charade of ignorance from the authorities, as they don’t think we haven’t seen this action before them. That they are using the Public Order Management Act (POMA), the Anti-Besigye Act as the cancer to society it is. To settle the score with their mortal enemies.
Let us all, together when discussing this matter. Call out the Police, NRM and President Museveni for what he is. They are COWARDS. Weak little cowards, the small kid who wants all the toys and doesn’t want to share. The little cry-baby that cannot share the candies, but keep it to themselves and even eat it all until it vomits. That is what the authorities are in this manner.
They cannot manage to see, the MP do his profession, they cannot manage to see him run his business and do this thing. Not like the government are stopping the MP’s doing their farms, owning their petrol stations or whatnot. Why stop Bobi Wine?
Because they are cowards. They cannot manage to see their loosing face and loss of the power of the people. They are maybe blocking him right now, but his ideas and his words resonate with the ones the NRM (Museveni) wished they could gather themselves. They can only bribe and lie to the public, that is why they fear Bobi Wine and his agenda. Just like they fear Besigye and his vision too. Peace.