KAMPALA. The much-anticipated concert for singer-turned-politician, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, hangs in balance as police say they have not yet received official communication from the organisers.
Slated for October 20, the concert is expected to host hundreds of revellers from across the country.
Deputy Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said police were yet to receive written communication from Mr Kyagulanyi and his team about the show, whose adverts are already running on radio, television stations and social media.
“No written or verbal communication has been received by us. The organisers know the procedures and they should follow those procedures,” Mr Onyango said.
The Public Order Management Act (POMA) stipulates that organisers of any gathering including processions, rallies and assemblies must be cleared by office of the Inspector General of Police.
Asked on whether police would allow the concert to proceed if they receive last minutes communication, Mr Onyango said: “That would be decided after we have received the communication. But as of now we cannot talk about an event that has not been communicated to us.”
Namboole Stadium Manager, Jamil Ssewanyana, declined to divulge information on whether Mr Kyagulanyi or any of the organisers had booked in their office. “I cannot comment about that. The transaction between clients and us are private. And if the matters involve police, you should speak to police,” Mr Ssewanyana said.
However, online publications had earlier quoted Mr Ssewanyana saying Namboole management was not aware about the music show. He reportedly said they would ask for clearance from police if Mr Kyagulanyi or organisers approached their office for the concert venue.
Efforts to speak to Mr Kyagulanyi’s elder brother, Eddy Yawe, who is reportedly behind the concert, were futile, as his known contact was off. The Kyarenga concert would be Mr Kyagulanyi’s maiden music show ever since he returned from the U.S where he spent three weeks undergoing treatment for injuries, allegedly inflicted on him by Special Forces Command (SFC) solders on the last day of Arua Municipality by-election campaigns.