Bobi Wine Concert Case Pushed to June

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While appearing before Justice Henrietta Wolayo, Stella Nakamya on behalf of M/S Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates, who are representing Kyagulanyi and the State Attorney Jane Francis Nanfuma asked for an adjournment. The parties argued that the lawyers are in Mbale district where the Constitutional Court is hearing the presidential age limit petition.

Hearing of a case in which Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi sued Kampala Metropolitan police commander, Frank Mwesigwa, did not start today due to absence of both parties.
 
While appearing before Justice Henrietta Wolayo, Stella Nakamya on behalf of M/S Rwakafuuzi and Company Advocates, who are representing Kyagulanyi and the State Attorney Jane Francis Nanfuma asked for an adjournment. The parties argued that the lawyers are in Mbale district where the Constitutional Court is hearing the presidential age limit petition.
 
In October 2017, through Rwakafuuzi & Co. Advocates, Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, dragged  Mwesigwa and the government to court seeking for 300 million shillings in compensation for the cancelled concerts which were scheduled in Mukono, Kamuli, Kasese and Kampala districts.
 
He also accused the Uganda Police Force of restricting his movements within the country.
 
Last year, Mwesigwa cancelled Bobi Wine's show which was supposed to take place at Colline Hotel in Mukono, accusing the MP of uttering words that were inciting the public at his earlier concert at One Love Beach in Busabala.
 
In his letter issued in October 2017, Mwesigwa said the musician turned legislator had failed to differentiate between Bobi Wine the music artiste and Robert Kyagulanyi the Member of Parliament.
 
"We want him to know that there is a difference between Bobi Wine and Hon Robert Kyagulanyi, we have noticed that Bobi Wine has been turning into Hon Kyagulanyi to make political statements at Music shows. That is not what we agreed on," Mwesigwa said.
 
Mwesigwa further went on to say that Bobi Wine had turned his Busabala concert into a political rally when he asked his supporters about their views on the then controversial bill seeking to amend the constitution and remove presidential age limits.
 
Kyagulanyi now accuses the police of witch-hunting him for expressing his political views at the music concerts, saying this is done all over the world and has been done in Uganda before when several artistes were contracted by the ruling party to sing and show support at President Yoweri Museveni's campaign rallies.
 
In his application Kyagulanyi wants an order prohibiting the police from further violating his freedom of movement and allow him to stage his shows without any hindrance.
 
The youthful legislator has been finding trouble with police where his supporters have been arrested on charges of holding unlawful assemblies.
 
In the recent case at Bobi Wine's political office at Parliament, journalists who don't cover Parliament were blocked from accessing his office.
 
Justice Wolayo has adjourned the matter up to June 4, 2018.