Bobi wine holds concert as Babu Owino is banned in Uganda

Ugandan musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, sings on a stage in Busabala, suburb of Kampala, Uganda./COURTESY

Kampala, UGANDA: Ugandan musician Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine held his first concert after his arrest and detention in Uganda.

The Kyadondo member of parliament finally held the much awaited Kyarenga concert on Saturday at the One Love beach front in Busabala.

The concert was initially set to take place at the Namboole Stadium on Saturday, October 20, but was postponed after Bobi Wine’s team was denied necessary permits to use the facility.

Musician Eddy Kenzo also performed at the concert which was attended by several members of the opposition and had heavy police presence watching on.

“I take pride that my supporters have travelled miles to come to my event amidst fear of arrest or intimidation by the security,” Wine told AFP during a stage break.

“With such support it will be foolish of government and the leadership not to listen to the voices calling for change of leadership,” he added.

Bobi Wine was charged with treason in August, over the alleged stoning of Museveni’s convoy after a campaign rally in the north-western town of Arua.

The 36 year old accused the Ugandan security forces of torturing and beating him while in custody, allegations the Ugandan authorities denied. He received treatment in the US.

Meanwhile Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has been banned from setting foot in Uganda.

This is after the Ugandan minister of Internal Affairs Haji Abubakar allegedly wrote to Kenya’s Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma accusing Babu of undermining President Yoweri Museveni’s government.

In the letter dated 8th November, Abubakar claimed that Babu Owino was working with Bobi Wine to undermine President Yoweri Museveni.

“The purpose of this letter is to make it known that Honorable Babu Owino is officially declared as persona non grata within the borders of Uganda and will not be permitted entry without special clearance from the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” read the letter.

“Any person found aiding or abetting the violation of this directive will be in contravention of a legal order and will be liable for prosecution,” it continues to read.

Babu Owino hosted Bobi Wine when he visited the country last month and has been very vocal in condemning the treatment of Wine by the Museveni government.