Singers Sheebah Karungi and Rema Namakula were on Saturday hit by hooligans at Thatch Gardens in Mbale town where they had gone to perform.
Thatch Gardens, a popular hangout in the eastern town, described the incident as “unfortunate!”. According to a statement from the management of the bar, some hooligans are were paid to disorganise the event.
By 10pm, all the artistes from Kampala were at the venue, just waiting for the home talents to get done so that they would go on stage.
By Mid night, Topic Kasente from TNS was on stage, after him Kabaako followed on. It was all well. But as Kabaako was on stage, it started raining and people went on the stage to seek for shelter since it was raining heavily, the whole stage was filled up.
The owners of the stage started requesting for people to first move off the stage for the safety of their stage and also create space to enable the next artiste come on stage.
That was Rema. She was already in the parking, just like Sheebah. As people were being sent off the stage, they became violent, some started throwing bottles on the stage, hitting one of the Mcees and the Dj.
At that time, Rema was taken back to the car for her safety. She was scared for her life, the situation was out of hand.
Regardless of the fear, Sheebah was a bit more confident, she asked to go on stage first so that Rema follows. As she was going on stage, someone threw a bottle that hit her shoulder, but still she insisted, “Nina Okuyimba” [I have to sing] with tears in her eyes.
The DJ played her hit song Nkwatako, she stepped on stage, Performed for over 25 minutes, the mood was back to normal, she then invited Rema to join her on stage.
They did a back to back three songs session each, this was all going on well but still, a certain hooligan who had a bottle in his hand wanted to throw it at Sheebah.
Some people tried to stop him, a fight broke up near the stage, at that very moment, Sheebah said: Sijakusobola kuyimbila bantu nga balwaana.” [I won’t sing for people who are fighting].
Together with Rema they stepped off the stage.
“It was a tough ending to an event that had started on a high note! We highly apologise for all the damages and losses,” management said.