bobi wine Osobola independence concert blocked
Police officially blocks Bobi Wine's Osobola independence concert. File Photo

The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Martin Ochola has officially cancelled Bobi Wine turned politician’s Osobola independence concert slated for 9th October 2019, the same day Uganda celebrates its Independence Day.

In a letter dated October 2, 2019, which was released to the Kampala Metropolitan Police on Tuesday 8th October, 2019, Ochola said that the Kyadondo East legislator and the People Power leader, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine failed to meet the required guidelines

According to IGP, below are the given guidelines which Bobi and event organisers failed to meet that include;

  1. Medical care
  2. Public security
  3. Crowd control
  4. Traffic control.

“This serves to inform you that the notice to the Inspector General of Police has remarkable deficiencies, which do not guarantee the lawfulness, safety, security for the public and organisers,” the letter reads in parts.

“Regretfully, therefore, the staging of the said concert cannot be allowed to proceed until the concerns raised above are satisfactorily addressed,” Ochola added in the letter.

Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, commenting on the matter said that since most police officers will be keeping law and order at the Independence day celebrations in Sironko District and other official venues, the IGP was right to cancel Bobi Wine’s arranged music show, because police officers’ would not adequately handle the two occasions at a go.

“Besides, Police would not be able to fully provide the requested security as our main effort will be on securing the National Independence Day celebrations in Sironko District.”

On September 30th, Bobi Wine wrote a letter to Police requesting clearance for his Osobola independence concert to happen on 9th October, at his One Love Beach Busabala and promised to comply with Police’s arrangements.

“I also request for security for the said concert. On our part, we are ready and willing to work with the police to secure the venue as well as the revellers. We shall accordingly comply with any lawful guidelines that may be issued in this regard,” Bobi Wine said earlier in the letter.

Onyango further stated that police cannot permit an event that failed to meet the stated guidelines take place, for the good of the citizens of Uganda.

He, however, asked the public not to waste their time and money to go to the Osobola independence concert at One Love Beach Busabala today the 9th of October 2019, because the concert won’t happen.

“We advise members of the public not to waste their valuable time going for the show in Busabala, because it will not be there. You can do something else instead of wasting time going to Busabala,” Onyango said.

But despite the cancellation of his arranged music show, Bobi Wine did not stop his rehearsals at his music studio at Firebase, in Kamwokya a Kampala suburb.

Bobi Wine says he has not officially received any letter from police stopping him from holding the music show.

He adds that preparations to have the Osobola independence concert are ongoing as arranged.

“We shall be in Busabala, that’s where we spend our time mostly on holidays and we have a concert there. We have our security as police’s mandate is to protect all Ugandans,” Bobi Wine said.

In May 2017, Bobi Wine, the music star in Uganda turned politician and formed a pressure group, People Power Movement against the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party.

Ever since then, the government has frustrated his music career with over 125 music shows cancelled, alleging that he did not meet the required guidelines.

On his April 22, Busabala Concert, Field Forces Unit (FFU) officers brutally harassed Bobi Wine to the extent that his car windows were destroyed, using a hammer and sprayed him with pepper spray.

Last year in December, Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odongo when tasked to give clarifications’ on continuous blocking of Bobi Wine’s concerts by legislators, he responded that the continuous ban on his music shows is because he uses them to advance his political views against the government in power.