Opondo, in a response to US Embassy statement, questioning why government has been cancelling Bobi Wine’s shows said all leaders are expected to respect standards set by security agencies.
Bobi Wine's car after being blocked by a car tyre cutter at road block mounted by police along Busabala Road on Easter Monday
artists with the exception of the Kyadondo East legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi
aka Bobi Wine are enjoying freedom of performance, according to Uganda
Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo.
"Save for one artiste,
all artistes in Uganda enjoys freedom of performance and the media platforms
are as free. Equally all politicians enjoy free access to these media platforms,”
responding to a US Embassy statement
questioning why government has been cancelling Bobi Wine’s shows.
Ofwono, all leaders are expected to respect standards set by security agencies.
Bobi Wine clashed with police after his Monday Easter extra Kyarenga concert
was cancelled by police.
Asuman Mugenyi, the
Director of Operation Uganda Police Force argued that Kyagulanyi’s previous
music concerts held at his One Love Beach fell short of security guidelines.
further claimed that Bobi Wine shows have severally turned into a public
nuisance, violated traffic rules and regulations and caused other misconducts,
which don’t only breach the law but endanger the lives of other people who are
not even part of his music events.
Bobi Wine had scheduled to address the media at his One Love Beach, Busabala on
Monday but was welcomed by heavy security deployment, arrested and driven to
his home in Magere, Wakiso.
He later addressed
the media at his home and announced that he would be walking to police
headquarters to deliver a letter notifying authorities of his planned protest.
However, he was not allowed by police and military police to leave his home as
It’s in the midst of
this situation that US Embassy released a statement Tuesday morning questioning
The US Embassy questioned government’s motive of blocking rallies and radio
shows organised by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the party’s four time
presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye in the recent weeks.
“Today we join the many Ugandans asking why their government has recently
blocked musical concerts and radio talk shows, disrupted peaceful
demonstrations and rallies, and deployed heavy-handed security forces against
peaceful citizens,” the statement reads.
“Uganda’s constitution guarantees freedom of assembly and expression. We
echo the Ugandan people in calling on the government to respect these
rights. Strong leaders and states do not stifle speech – they allow their
citizens to participate fully and without fear in a vibrant multi-party