Bobi Wine, supporters teargassed out of Busaabala
Gunfire rocked Busaabala in Ssabagabo-Makindye Sub County in Wakiso District on Easter Monday morning as police and the military clashed with residents.
It all started after Police decided to cancel the music concert of Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine that was scheduled to take place at his One Love Beach citing his failure to fully comply with security guidelines.
Police mounted several road blocks on all roads leading to Busaabala forcing residents to walk for about a kilometer to grab taxis. The officers led by Denis Namuwoza, the Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander conducted body searches before allowing residents through the road blocks.
The heavy police and military deployment didn’t go down well with residents prompting them to stage protests.
“Government should tell us that Busaabala is taken over by Bobi Wine and Government. We are like captives. I cannot go home because I have been blocked by soldiers,” one of the residents who identified himself as Mustafa told Uganda Radio Network.
Saidat Nakachwa, another resident disclosed to URN how her Easter Monday Celebration was foiled by the security forces.
“We have since last week been wondering why the military was in our area. These roadblocks you see have been on for some days. They ask you where you are going and who you are. We are no longer living like citizens because of soldiers,” Nakachwa said.
Bob Asiimwe, a youth from Busabala Parish said he has been saving some money for the music concert but was surprised that they were being beaten to vacate the place.
“My whole Easter is now messed up. I have been running since morning as you can see. Teargas everywhere. I don’t know why those in authority don’t want us also to be happy. We want to dance. Why can’t they allow Bobi Wine to sing,” Asiimwe said.
Despite several roadblocks, Bobi Wine’s car approached Busaabala Road amidst chants by residents of People Power –Our Power.
He was for hours holed up in his car after meeting a road block. Police used teargas to disperse the noisy residents that had escorted him. He locked himself inside his Prado TX registration number UAX 664F prompting police to tow it using an armored vehicle.
The driver again locked it forcing another stalemate. This time, police broke the windows using pistol butts and pepper sprayed the vehicle forcing out Bobi Wine and his singing partner Nubian Li and others.
Nubian told journalists after the incident that they are crippled financially by the state. “I have been live on Facebook inside the car. You can trace the police officers who broke our car. They tried towing it but failed. That is how they ended up breaking the door and later pepper sprayed inside the car. We have been blocked severally but what I know Ugandans are watching and they will reach a time when they won’t accept this kind of injustice to go on unchallenged,” Nubian said.
Local music promoter Abbey Musinguzi popularly known as Abitex told URN in his mobile police cell that he had invested a lot of money to advertise the show.
“It is a lot of money that I cannot even tell you now. But you can see we are not free at all. I came to make sure my event goes on as planned but instead police had to arrest us. I call up on Ugandans to understand that it is time now to rise up against this unfair government. Today my business is being crippled, tomorrow it is someone else’s,” Abitex said before being whisked away.
Musician Alexander Bagonza better known by his stage name as A Pass decried the manner in, which security forces have continued to block Bobi Wine. His posted a message on his Facebook page, saying Uganda isn’t free for all.
“As a Ugandan not as a musician, I think everyone should have a right to work and feed his or her own family but I don’t think this applies to Bobi Wine and for me this is not right. You refuse a man to hold shows at all cost and even when he wants to make a press conference to address the issue you stop that from happening as well. This is not the Uganda that we want, something must change,” A Pass said.