President Museveni while speaking to a group of artistes yesterday said that as long as he is the president of Uganda he will not tolerate music shows that are laced with politics and gave a strict warning that in the near future nobody will be shown mercy in case their shows are filled with politics.
This warning was made during a meeting with members of Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners Network at State House, Museveni gave the members who attended Shs2 billion as compensation for losses they suffered after police cancelled music concerts of artiste Bobi Wine, who is also the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, on account that his songs contained political activism.
President Museveni was too concerned about the Message in Bobi Wines Music which he termed harmful music shows that should be put down. He also made it clear that politics in some shows will not be tolerated and warned that he will not compensate anyone in future whose show will be cancelled because of politics,” Tonny Ssempijja, the coordinator of Uganda Music Promoters and Venue Owners Network, said.
He said their State House meeting last Tuesday was intended to fight for the rights of promoters and that before meeting the President, they had several engagements with Gen Salim Saleh, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and other leaders.
Tony Ssempijja who led the members to President confirmed that H.E promised to take their association members for military training at Kyankwanzi in June and thereafter issue them walkie talkies to streamline their tasks.
The cash and other donations from the President came at a time when some promoters, such as Mr Yasin Kaweesa and Mr Ema Serugo, lost their property to money lenders. The two were some of the promoters who hired Bobi Wine for the Kyarenga concerts which were cancelled by police.
According to the reports from the meeting each artiste will be given shs200Million to waiver on their discomfort and any inconveniences they were inflicted with.
The Meeting was coordinated through President Museveni’s brother Gen Salim Saleh who was contacted by Mr Ssempijja.
“The President answered our calls and he will be giving us the money to compensate for what promoters lost during the cancelled concerts between October and December last year,” Mr Ssempijja told the press at the weekend.
The artistes who attended the meeting included the following memebrs Mr Geoffrey Lutaaya of the New Eagles, Ms Mariam Ndagire, Ms Sofie Gombya and Ykee Benda. The music promoters were represented by Mr Andrew Benon Kibuuka and Mr Ssempijja as well as the association of the Umbrella for Ugandan Bouncers Association