Bobi Wine’s much anticipated Nambole Concert, dubbed ‘Kyarenga’ set for October 20 hangs in a balance after Uganda police denied knowledge of the show.
Addressing journalists on Thursday at Police Headquarters in Naguru, the Deputy Police Spokesperson SP Patrick Onyango said that none of the organizers has thought clearance from police.
Onyango revealed that an unidentified person made communication to the security agency verbally and was advised to forward it formally. He called on the organizers to request and get permission from police, noting that “It is not a guarantee that when they request us, we shall allow.”
Denis Namuwooza, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police commander says police will not allow the show because the venue had already been booked for other events.
Emma Sserugo of Emma Promotions, the organizers of the concert say they are doing all that is necessary to acquire clearance from police.
He observes that they are currently engaged in meetings with different security agencies to reach a harmonized position. He appealed to Ugandans seeking to attend the concert to come for the show and not politics.
Jamil Ssewanyana, the managing director of the Namboole stadium confirmed that Bobi Wine’s Fire Base Crew booked the venue for the concert on October 20th, but as part of other requirements, the organisers are expected to obtain clearance from police.
Ssewanyana confirmed that the venue has other events scheduled for the same day. He however says they have capacity to host all of them as long as they are cleared.