Bishop Kaggwa hits at police over Bobi Wine concerts

John Baptist Kaggwa, the Bishop of Masaka Catholic Diocese has decried the selective enforcement of the Public Order Management Act.

In his Easter message to Christians delivered at his official residence at Kitovu in Masaka Municipality, Bishop Kaggwa noted that Uganda Police Force is falling short of its public expectation of being impartial while enforcing the Public Order Management law.

The Bishop’s comment follows the continuous disruption of public meetings mainly organized by opposition politicians including musical shows by the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentemu alias Bobi wine by the police force.

He asked Police and its sister security agencies to be considerate and sensitive while applying the public order management laws to allow the citizenry equal space to associate freely and enjoy their freedoms.

“We are noticing that freedom of assembly is not all that granted as per our Constitution. Some [politicians] cannot meet their people, their party members, they cannot make public rallies, they need police to give them a license to associate. This is contrary to our Constitution, but we are praying that the Police should be considerate in this aspect,” Bishop Kaggwa said.

“We have entertainment which is part of human freedoms; people have the freedom to be entertained by anyone they please. But some of the entertainers, those talented people have not been given have not been given their full rights to exercise their talents,” the prelate added.

Bishop Kaggwa spoke as the police wrote to Kyagulanyi blocking his Easter Monday Easter Concert at One Love Beach Busaabala near Kampala.

The MP, who recently declared his ambition to unseat President Yoweri Museveni, had planned a countrywide tour with the concert dubbed Kyarenga Extra which the police have now stopped.

Kyagulanyi has insisted that he will go on with the planned concert despite the developments.

“Three days ago, they [Police] wrote to us giving us a litany of requirements. We invested huge sums of money to meet their demands, some of which were unreasonable. This was in addition to what we have invested in advertising and preparing the show. I think they thought we would fail to meet them. When we did and submitted them, the responsible officers started hiding themselves from us,” Bobi Wine said in a Facebook post.

This is the 124th of Bobi Wine’s concerts to be blocked by the police since October 2017 when his anti-government campaign gained momentum.