Uganda: Police come under fire for blocking Bobi Wine music show

Police have come under fire from the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), Ms Betty Aol Ochan for blocking the Boxing Day Kyarenga music concert that was organised by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias His Excellency Bobi Wine.

The annual concert was scheduled to take place at the MP’s One Love Beach Busabala in Wakiso District.

Heavily armed police officers backed by armoured vehicles and water cannons were deployed at the beach in the wee hours on Boxing Day and dispersed the organisers and people who had turned up for the show.

Ms  Ochan said on Thursday that the decision by police to block Bobi Wine’s concerts is unacceptable and unethical.

“We [Parliament] seem to be wasting time. Our resolutions are not taken seriously especially when they do not politically augur well with the President [Yoweri Museveni],” Ms Ochan said.

She advised Bobi Wine to sue individual police officers who have been commanding a clampdown on his concerts.

Police have this year blocked at least six shows involving Bobi Wine.

Last week, under the stewardship of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked government to respect Bobi Wine’s economic rights.

Ms Kadaga directed Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odongo to respect the Constitution and exhibit fairness when it comes to okaying different concerts.

Recently, police asked music show organisers to seek clearance from the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The letter to the IGP, according to the new guidelines, must clearly indicate the expected number of revellers, available crowd control measures and the capacity of the organisers to handle emergencies, among other requirements.

However, Ms Kadaga questioned the guidelines, saying it is unreasonable to expect an organiser to know the expected number of people who would turn up, to control traffic flow and set up entrance and exit routes as well as availing sniffer dogs.

By Daily Monitor

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