Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has come out to point that the police agency has frustrated his effort to hold his concert.
The concert dubbed “Kyarenga” was slated to take place this Saturday 20th at Mandela National Stadium.
“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,” said Bobi Wine.
He revealed that for the past three weeks, the event organizers have failed to obtain clearance and have been tossed by the police despite informing the agency about intentions to organize the concert.
Regarding the venue, Bobi Wine states that he agreed and made payments to the Namboole Stadium management, and made a booking for the 13th of October as his initial date.
“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,” said Bobi wine.
He added that they later agreed with Namboole Management and rescheduled the concert to 20th of October.
In his statement, Kyagulanyi noted that he took effort to formally notify the police to clear the show and provide security.
“On arrival, the police officers in charge of receiving and filing letters refused to stamp on it to indicate that it had been received,” he said.
“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 AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi.”
He added that his team was later asked to get written clearance from Namboole stadium first and when they approached the Namboole manager for the clearance letter, he in turn asked them for police clearance.
“It was a day later that we saw a letter on social media addressed to us from Namboole saying that 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,” Bobi wine revealed.
Bobi further stated that his team visited the Kampala Metropolitan Police office and the KMP head Moses Kafeero referred them to his assistant who told them to go to the Chieftaincy of Military intelligence (CMI) if they wanted any information regarding 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 8:00 am.” reads part of the statement.
“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,” he said.
“A lot of money and time have been spent in advertisements and preparations,” he added.