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.
Bobi Wine Vehicle blocked and surrounded by police along Busabala road on Easter Monday
Gunfire rocked Busabala 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 Busabala forcing residents to wall for about a
kilometer to grab taxis. The officers led by Denis Namuwoza, the Deputy Kampala
Metropolitan Police Commander conducted body searches below 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 Busabala 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,”
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 Busabala 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
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.