Rising political figure and musician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine has criticized US entertainment star Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian for visiting President Yoweri Museveni.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on Monday met Museveni at State House, Entebbe and discussed working together to promote Uganda’s tourism and arts.
During the visit, Museveni gifted his guests with copies of his ‘Sowing the Mustard Seed’ book.
In return, Museveni received a pair of Yeezy trainers from West and Kim.
Yet, even with the potential boost to Uganda’s tourism, Bobi Wine still found fault in Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s State House visit.
Bobi Wine Explains Why He Thinks Kanye West Should Never Have Visited Museveni
Bobi Wine told Jason Burke of UK’s Guardian that the singer was “hobnobbing with a president who has been in power now for 32 years and restricts any freedom, a country where opposition activists are tortured and imprisoned”.
“I’m a musician but I am not allowed to stage a show in my own country because I disagree with the president. It is very disappointing,” Bobi Wine further told The Guardian.
Bobi Wine’s statement alludes to a decision by Namboole Stadium management to cancel his’Kyarenga’ concert.
Namboole Stadium has written to Bobi Wine’s event managers informing them that there will be a wedding in the stadium on October 20, the day earlier scheduled for the concert.
On Tuesday, Bobi Wine told his fans authorities were frustrating him, admitting the show hung in balance.
“We have done everything required of us by law but it is apparent that the people in authority are doing everything possible to frustrate the concert,” said Bobi Wine in a statement issued on Tuesday.
“As things stand, the concert has been left in balance. A lot of money and time have been spent in advertisements and preparations.”
He also warned authorities on provoking him.
“Dear fans and friends, I am not sure when or whether the Kyarenga Concert will happen,” he said.
“But I advise those in authority to desist from these provocations. I am a Ugandan artiste with a legitimate right to stage a concert.”