Kyadondo East MP Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine on Thursday evening perfomed his famous song titled ‘Kyarenga’ during Parliament’s End of Year Party.
It was an exciting performance that saw MPs and staff join him on stage as they danced the night away.
“This is how we wrapped up the day after Parliament debated and unanimously condemned the illegal banning of our shows by the police,” Bobi Wine later said.
Bobi said it was awesome to see colleague Members of Parliament and ministers from all political parties join him on stage as they danced to “Kyarenga” song.
“Evidence that the barriers between us are most times self-imposed. At the core, we are all Ugandans with more similarities than differences,” he stated, calling upon his fans to join him at Busabaala beach on December 26.
MPs, Gov’t disagree over Bobi Wine’s concerts
On Thursday, Members of Parliament criticized the Uganda Police Force and the Ministry of Internal Affairs for what they call discrimination and abuse of human rights when they blocked shows organised by Bobi Wine.
Members said that Police cleared musical events but later blocked them on learning that Kyagulanyi was lined up as one of the performers.
The MPs, who were reacting to a statement by Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo, said the Police was wrongly using the Public Order Management Act and terming the legislators’ shows as political events.
MP Kyagulanyi, who is a known musical artiste, was on several occasions blocked from holding a show at Namboole National Stadium.
He later moved the event to his lakeside beach in Busabala.
Only recently, a show scheduled for Jinja was also stopped as Kyagulanyi was listed as one of the performers.
Hon. Stephen Kangwagye (NRM, Bukanga) backed the Minister’s position saying that it is only police that can detect crime and has the right to stop a function.
“When police comes in to stop an event, it means it has detected something wrong; police should be allowed to protect us,” he added.
Earlier in the day, event organisers and venue owners petitioned Speaker Rebecca Kadaga saying that Police guidelines were too stringent and that blocking shows left them with heavy losses.
The organisers appealed to Parliament for help to curb the powers of police; to reduce the requirements and to allow Bobi Wine to perform.
Kadaga said, “The organisers invest money in the bookings, events, hiring the musicians and therefore stopping a show or concert affects them gravely.”
“How do you expect an ordinary organiser to know the expected number that will turn up; to control traffic flow and set up routes; and to avail sniffer dogs?” Kadaga asked.
Hon. Jackson Mbaju (FDC, Busongora South) cited a case in Kasese, in October 2017 where even after due clearance, Police blocked a show on the eve on learning that Ssentamu would be performing.
“The police stopped the concert because Ssentamu would affect the security in my constituency; the country cannot be led on such systems citing that these concerts have been stopped because it is the festive season yet my concert was in October,” he said.
Hon. Muhammad Nsereko (Ind., Kampala Central) asked government to allow everyone practice his or her profession outside Parliament.
“Kyagulanyi is practicing politics but he has a profession like many of us here and he should be given the opportunity to practice it without his rights being infringed upon under the Constitution,” he said.
Hon. James Waluswaka (NRM) added that government should not be scared of MP Kyagulanyi’s performances but wait and defeat him during elections.