Ugandan musician Bebe Cool (real name Moses Ssali) has decided to stop performing publicly until further notice after he was “pelted with bottles and stones” at a festival in Kampala on 31 August 2018.
In a video he posted on Facebook of the Swangz Allstar Concert, Bebe Cool stands with outstretched arms as concertgoers throw objects towards him. He is eventually forced off stage by security.
Nairobi News reported that fans took issue with the singer for being “too cosy with the Ugandan government” and “not standing with fellow musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine, who has in recent times been subjected to endless tribulations by President Yoweri Museveni’s government”.
But in his Facebook post from 2 September, Bebe Cool explained that he “had chosen silence as a means to exercise my tolerance for the political events that are currently transpiring in the country”.
“Unfortunately, while at a performance last Friday, I was pelted with bottles and stones by a group of people purportedly because I do not subscribe to their political beliefs,” he said.
“For the safety of myself, family, friends and fans, I regrettably would like to announce that I will not be making any public performances until further notice.
“My prayer is that the current situation in our beloved country doesn’t deteriorate into an unfortunate state. For God and my Country.”
Uganda has been gripped by countrywide protests over the recent arrest and alleged assault in custody of MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine. In August he was charged with treason over the alleged stoning of the presidential motorcade. After being granted bail, Bobi Wine travelled to the United States for medical treatment.