Renowned Ugandan musician-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi (aka Bobi Wine) has been reportedly banned from performing at music shows after Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Frank Mwesigwa allegedly sent out a notice stating that the singer used “words that were inciteful to the public”. The musician has had three shows cancelled in October, reported Music in Africa on 19 October 2017.
The police commander said in a public statement that Bobi Wine has been going against police orders to refrain from using the musical stage as a place to hold political rallies. According to the notice, he is under investigation.
“It is ridiculous to use my music as an excuse to try and intimidate me. History has shown us different musicians who have used music to express themselves. They say my music is too political yet there are some Ugandan artists who are doing their music freely despite having publicly shown support for the ruling party in many ways including composing songs for them,” the musician, who became a member of parliament in July 2017, said.
The musician has taken legal action against the police commander and the government, and is seeking Shs 300 million (approx. 71,500 Euros) in compensation for his cancelled shows, reported Ugandan news source The Observer.
This is not the first time the musician has caught the attention of authorities. In 2012, the Uganda Communication Commission banned one of his songs, which tackled various problems people were facing in capital Kampala.