Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has lashed at police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, for saying security did not raid his One Love Beach in Busabaala last night.
While appearing on NBS television Wednesday morning, Kayima said, he doesn’t know if anyone was arrested or “the place being cordoned off”.
Bobi Wine responded: “It is shameful if the police spokesperson doesn’t know that more than 40 policemen and soldiers were deployed here last night to stop the concert, this shows the state of our police.”
Bobi Wine said he had two shows on Tuesday including one at Ggaba beach which were also cancelled.
“The Boxing Day concert being cleared is the duty of police, we have been having it for the past 10 years, it’s police that haven’t played their part.”
He added: “Although we were disturbed last night, we are here still going on because we are citizens and we are entitled to be serviced by police.” The force they used last night would have been used secure this concert, Bobi Wine suggested.
He said the Ggaba beach show was also disrupted and blocked by soldiers and police the moment they learnt that he was one of the artistes going to perform.
“A few minutes past midnight today, hordes of soldiers have been dropped by military trucks in Busabala. They surrounded my premises at One Love Beach, where we were organising a Boxing Day show later today.”
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The soldiers reportedly ordered the stage and sound engineers to bring down the stage and pull down all materials put in place for the show.
“They arrested my employees including the kitchen staff and all the people who were preparing to sell merchandise at the show.”
Security apparently sent away his guests who were lodging at the Beach and ordered all people out of the premises.
“As we speak, the premises are completely cordoned off as if it’s a crime scene!! I’ve not stopped receiving calls from my staff and neighbours who are in too much fear, as these actions are being carried out in the deep of the night.”
He said all this was being done despite Parliament’s resolution last week declaring that blocking his shows is unconstitutional, has no basis in law, and should be stopped forthwith.
One Love Beach staff speak
Victoria W Bagaaya, a Journalist, News Anchor at NBS television talked to a one Mbabazi, an employee at One Love Beach, who confirmed thus:
“It was coming to midnight when we saw a group of policemen and soldiers around this place; they ordered me and my staff members to leave the beach.”
“Within a blink of an eye, the whole beach was surrounded by policemen and soldiers, all the beach gates were surrounded. They asked me to get the security guard and they ordered the sound ram to put the stage and abandon their work.”
Mbabazi went on: “These soldiers kept on getting calls from different people with different instructions. Some of them informed us that they were on duty.”
Mbabazi assured Bobi Wine’s supporters that the show will take place because everything is in place.
Bagaaya too reported that some revellers have started coming through and activities to make sure the concert goes on are underway.
But Kayima says they will be ready to disperse the revellers who turn up.