The Uganda Police have advised self proclaimed Gheto president, gladiator and singer Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to call off his Kyarenga album launch that he had scheduled this weekend.
In a letter dated October 16, seen by Nile Post, Police claim that the singer has not made any arrangements with the management of Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, where he had targeted to hold the event.
“The management of Mandela National Stadium- Namboole, has availed us with a metric of events they plan to host from September, 2018 to January 2019, but does not include the above music show,” the letter by Asuman Mugenyi on behalf of IGP reads in part.
The letter has an attached program which shows a series of events lined up, including; weddings, a game of Uganda Cranes Vs Tanzania, corporate games, among others.
“You are therefore advised to call off the music show since you have not made any arrangements with the management of Mandela National Stadium to host the music show on 20th October, 2018,” the letter continues.
Bobi Wine frustrated
Bobi Wine yesterday expressed frustration towards his Kyarenga concert by security forces, specifically the police.
The singer said that despite trying all legal procedure to have the concert on its scheduled date (20thOctober) at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, it is apparent that the people in authority are doing everything possible to frustrate the concert.
Bobi Wine blames the police for inconsistency and lack of transparency as they have tossed his event organisers for three weeks now despite clearly stating their intentions for the concert in time.
“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 receiving and filing letters refused to stamp on it to indicate that it had been received. 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,” he continues.
He alleged that the team were continuously tossed from the IGP office, to his assistant, then to Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero, again to his deputy then referred to CMI before finally being asked to seek written clearance from the stadium.
However, on reaching the stadium, the MD asked that they go back and seek letters from police who this time asked the Bobi Wine be available physically to achieve intended results.
“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.”
he management of Mandela national stadium, Namboole last week advised Bobi Wine to get an alternative date to hold his Kyarenga concert at the venue other than on October 20.
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.
Now Bobi Wine claims that the stadium management is playing Ping-Pong with the security yet his team already finished the required procedure.
“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.”
When is the concert then?
“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. 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.”