A few days after police and other security organs stopped Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s annual Boxing Day Concert for what they referred to as failure to comply with security guidelines, Uganda Law society, an umbrella Association bringing together all legal practioners in the country has come up to condemn Police’s actions against the musician who doubles as Kyadondo East legislator.
In a letter dated 28th December 2018 signed by Law Society President Simon Peter Kinobe, he revealed that these actions are not only illegal but also unconstitutional.
“Article 40 of the constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides every Ugandan a right to practice one’s profession and trade.”
He went ahead and pointed out Article 21 of constitution which provides that all persons are equal before the law and all spheres of political, social and cultural life thereby asking Police not to be discriminatory in enforcing the law.
“Police has powers to enforce the Public Order Management Act (POMA) but this mandate should not be carried arbitrarily,” the letter read in part.
He thus assured the members of the public that Uganda Law Society will continue to monitor the situation as it will not hesitate to undertake any appropriate avenue and legal redress to ensure that citizens enjoy the liberties guaranteed to them by the constitution of Uganda.
Ever since Bobi Wine joined politics, most of his shows have been cancelled by security organs accusing him of mixing up politics with music, something that was addressed to the floor of Parliament before it went for its vacation.