The Inspector General of Uganda Police Force Mr Okoth Martin Ochola has said that police will not loosen on the already issued police strict rules on events especially Bobi Wine’s Shows.
The Kyadondo East Member of Parliament also a musician has on several occasions been deterred from performing in music concerts.
In a statement read by Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, Ochola maintained that no event shall go on without police clearance.
Ochola said that the police force shall not deviate from the recently issued guidelines meant to streamline entertainment events that don’t put the safety of revelers first.
“Event Organizers and music managers have equally been guided on the dos and don’ts to ensure everyone’s security and safety especially of revelers,” said Mr Ochola.
Ochola’s Tuesday announcement also reechoed the guidelines that were issued to Bobi Wine when he visited the police headquarters.
In the guidelines, Bobi Wine was advised to always seek police clearance for every concert he plans to perform.
On Friday last week, police stopped a musical show in Jinja in which Bobi was to headline.
Police also raided city hotel located in Jinja town where it was said that musician turned legislator was staying.
Relatedly, the Minister of Security Gen. Elly Tumwine when tasked by the Speaker of Parliament to explain why security agencies have severally stopped Bobi wine concerts, he said that the legislator is currently facing occupational hazards.
“Those are occupational hazards and how would you balance between politics and music,” Gen Tumwine said.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General also tasked all police commanders and unit commanders to map out their areas of specialization as the end of year festivities draw closer.
He asked his commanders to deploy adequately, study profile of their residents and provide security including community engagement.
“I give assurance that our police officers are on the alert to deal with any criminalities expected in the country. They will not hesitate to act decisively against those who violet the law,” Said Ochola.