The management of Mandela national stadium, Namboole has advised Robet Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine to get an alternative date to hold his Kyarenga concert at the venue other than on October 20.
Following his return from the US for specialized treatment, the singer cum legislator announced he would hold a live concert headlining his latest track titled ‘Kyarenga.
“We shall be live in concert at The Mandela National Stadium NAMBOOLE on the 20th of October 2018. Gates open at 7Am,”the singer posted on his social media accounts on October 3.
Since the announcement, there has been speculation over the concert with police distancing themselves from having cleared the concert.
However, in an October 11 letter, Jamil Ssewanyana Mpagi the Managing Director for Namboole has said the stadium has been pre booked to host two events on the same date as Bobi Wine’s Kyarenga concert.
“Kindly note the stadium has two pre-booked events namely Uganda Athletic Federation workshop from 15th October to 26th October and a wedding ceremony on 20th October 2018,” read part of the letter.
The stadium management emphasised that they had communicated the same position to Bobi Wine’s contact person, Yasin Kaweesi to indicate to them that the venue had already been booked for other functions.
“We advise you to choose another date for your event subject to the events schedule of the stadium and event clearance by the Uganda Police Force.”
The development comes a few days after Ssewanyana said that Bobi Wine had not fulfilled the requirements to hold the concert in the stadium.
“They approached us and we asked them to get a police clearance because for any function to be held here (at Namboole), they must first get clearance from police,” Ssewanyana said on Wednesday.
Asked whether the organisers of the concert had not made any advance payments, Ssewanyana said he could only accept or deny after crosschecking with the stadium finance department.
“I can’t deny or accept. You ought to speak to the organisers of the concert to tell you more because we asked them to get a clearance from police but have never returned to us,” the Namboole stadium Managing Director said.