Musician turned politician, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) notifying him of his upcoming music concert scheduled for Independence Day at his One Love Beach in Busabala.
In a letter dated September 30 and received on October 1, Bobi Wine says the concert code named ‘Osobola Ku Independence’ will attract ten thousand people and will run from 10am to 11pm.
“I write this letter in accordance with Section 5 of the Public Order Management Act, 2013 to notify you of my intention to hold a music concert at One Love Beach, Busabala in Wakiso district on Independence Day 9th October, 2019. I am the proprietor of the said venue,” reads Wines letter to the IGP in part.
“I also request for security for the said concert. On our part, we are ready and willing to work with the Police to secure the venue as well as the revelers. We shall accordingly comply with any lawful guidelines that may be issued in this regard,” he adds.
Police has previously stopped a couple of the musician’s concerts at the same venue citing failure to fulfill the requisite procedures.
In April this year, Bobi Wine’s Easter festival concerts were stopped by Police on grounds that the organizers did not comply with the safety and security guidelines put in place.
“We want to inform members of the public that despite the elaborate and clear guidelines with the promoters, regarding their preparations, manner and conduct during the concert, as well as the safety and security demands from their side, our intelligence picked up information that the event was still a risk to public safety,” said Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga in a letter in April.
“As responsible citizens, we urge the promoters to take advice and the safety of revellers seriously by suspending or stopping the concerts, until such a time that robust public security and safety mechanisms are put in place,” he added.
It is not yet clear whether the musician has met all the prerequisites for the Independence Concert. Our efforts to reach the Police spokesperson did not yield since his know telephone contact was out of reach by press time.