By Ruth Anderah.
The High Court in Kampala has declined to stop police from blocking and interfering with the Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu also known as Bobi Wine’s music shows.
This is after Justice Herriet Woloyo dismissed a case in which Bobi Wine had accused police of violating his rights to work and earn a living by cancelling his musical shows.
Justice Wolayo has thrown out Bobi Wine’s case on grounds that the musician turned politician has failed to demonstrate in his evidence how the blocked music shows violated his rights to work, freedom of assembly, association and speech among other freedoms.
However in his October 2017 petition, Bobi Wine contended that he had lived all his adult life earning a living through live music performances until on October 8th 2017 when police banned his shows while fronting security concerns something the MP claims is in total violation of his right to work and freedoms to speech, liberty and movement.
Through renowned human rights lawyer Ladislous Rwakafuuzi, Bobi Wine argued then that he had lost 300 million shillings for his cancelled shows at Colline Hotel Mukono, Kamuli, Busoga and in Kasese district where he had been invited and paid 20 million shillings by his fellow legislator Jackson Mbaju to perform in Busongora South County.
According to court documents, the claimed 300 million shillings arose out of partial payments music promoters had advanced to Bobi Wine and numerous advertisements inform of banners and posters that were pulled down by police officers and crime preventers.
Bobi Wine then sought prohibition orders against the Attorney General and the then Kampala Metropolitan police commander Frank Mesigwa whom he accused of threatening to end his music career by interfering with his stage performances.