A singer turned politician, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine by his stage, has said he will go ahead to hold his Easter music shows even if police have not responded to his notification he sent to them more than a month ago.
Bobi said he notified police in time to deny them the legroom to have excuses of not being notified as it has been the norm on several occasions when they blocked his shows.
“I hope the whole world is following. We notified police about six weeks ago and they are pretending to come out to say we did not write to them in time. We shall hold that concert with or without their reply,” he said.
Police did not come clean on whether they had received Bobi’s letter of notification or not as the deputy police spokesperson, Ms Polly Namaye, referred us to Kampala Metropolitan Police to comment on the matter, State owned media states.
“This matter should be handled by the police spokesperson,” she said.
Mr Patrick Onyango, the spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Region, said: “If they have referred you to us, let me check if there is a letter to that effect?”
According to schedule, Bobi Wine is expected to hold his concerts at One Love Beach in Busabala in Wakiso District on Easter Monday.
However, the Ugandan law states; Act. Section 5 of the Public Order Management Act says: “An organiser shall give notice in writing signed by the organiser or his or her agent to the authority officer of the intention to hold a public meeting, at least three days but not more than 15 days before the proposed date of the public meeting.”
It’s reinforced by Section 6 which states: “Upon receipt of a notice under section 5, where it is not possible to hold the proposed public meeting for some reasons; the authority shall, in writing within 48 hours after receipt of the notification, notify the organiser or his or her agent that it is not possible to hold the proposed public meeting and the notice shall be delivered to the organiser’s address as the notice of intention to hold a public address.”