Uganda: Over 80 arrested at Bobi Wine's concert

Bobi Wine
Uganda's musician and lawmaker Bobi Wine on stage at his 'Kyarenga' concert
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POLICE in Uganda have arrested more than 80 suspects from Bobi Wines’ Kyarenga concert, which was held at One Love beach in Busabala on Saturday, November 10.

The suspects, reportedly detained at Kabalagala and Katwe police divisions, were apprehended on accusations of engaging in offences such as pickpocketing, drug smoking, fighting and being a public nuisance.

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The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, said the security agents would screen the suspects but applauded revellers for being peaceful and respecting the day’s security plan.

Prior to the concert, police had issued strict security guidelines for those intending to attend the concert which was estimated to attract more than 50,000 people.

Make no sense

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports indicated that 43 motorcycles and seven cars were impounded for abusing traffic regulations on the Entebbe highway while going or returning from the Kyarenga concert.

The Kyadondo East MP, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, urged the youth to prepare for the 2021 General Election in advance.

Bobi Wine said the youth should register in time to get their national IDs to qualify as voters.

He said it would make no sense for the youth to cheer politicians when they were not eligible voters.

 Bobi Wine born February 12, 1982 is a Ugandan politician, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, musician and actor.

The artiste turned politician began his music career in 1999, and adapted the stage name Bobi Wine.

His first singles Akagoma, Funtula, and Sunda (featuring Ziggy D) brought Wine success in the East African music scene.

Bobi Wine's music connects Reggae, Dancehall, and Afrobeat styles, often with a socially conscious message.

He was the leader of the group Fire Base Crew. When that group disbanded, he started a new group, Ghetto Republic of Uganja.

He has recorded more than 70 songs over 15 years. In 2016, his song Kiwanican was featured on the soundtrack for theDisney movie, Queen of Katwe