Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi, a Ugandan pop star turned Member of Parliament and 33 others, including two fellow serving MPs, are facing treason charges in a case that has triggered an international outcry.
They were arrested after stones were thrown at President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy, breaking a car window, as he visited the town of Arua to support the ruling-party candidate during a by-election.
Since entering parliament last year the singer has emerged as a leading critic of Museveni, a 74-year-old former rebel leader in charge since 1986, firing up a youthful population tired of the old guard.
Bobi Wine had scheduled a Concert dubbed Kyarenga for Saturday October 20, 2018 at Mandela Stadium.
The concert was aimed at officially launching the singer’s latest album Kyarenga, which became hugely popular during his arrest in August when he claims he was beaten and tortured by police.
One song on his album, called “Freedom”, contains the lyric “freedom fighters become dictators,” while others hint that Museveni has stayed in power too long.
Bobi Wine on Wednesday accused police of blocking him from holding a much anticipated concert this weekend.In a letter seen by AFP, Uganda’s head of police operations said Wine, was “advised to call off the music show” planned for Saturday as he had failed to make proper arrangements with the venue operator.
The company managing the Mandela National Stadium said in a statement last week that the date chosen by Wine was unavailable.
The singer said, however, that he had already paid a deposit and agreed with the stadium on the date, after being forced to postpone the show once already.
“We agreed with the management of Mandela stadium to have the show this Saturday and on that basis we paid but the police has put pressure on them to backtrack and ensure that they cancel our booking” he said.
The Ugandan singer was during the last week hosted in Kenya by Embakasi MP Babu Owino where they held a youthful rally in Kibera hosted by Kenya’s hip-hop artiste Octopizzo, aiming at supporting and promoting talents among youths
It is said that the concert was likely to attract huge crowds which Museveni doesn’t want hence cancellation of the concert
Written by AFP