KAMPALA – National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba has dismissed as “fake news” the media reports that claimed she had asked Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine to apologize to President Yoweri Museveni in order to be allowed to stage his concerts.
Ms. Lumumba took to Facebook on Monday morning to respond to the wide-ranging report which alleges that she made comments.
“My attention has been drawn to fake news posts making rounds on social media alluding to a statement I allegedly made asking Bobi Wine to apologize to the President in order to be allowed to stage his concerts,” he said making it clear that “I never made such statements”.
She then dismissed Spy News reporting as “fake news!”
Mr. Museveni last week called his leading critic, musician-turned-politician, Bobi Wine, an “enemy of the country’s prosperity”.
In an interview with BBC’s Alan Kasujja at the State House Entebbe, the president justified the recent cancellation of the Bobi Wine’s concert.
Museveni also criticised Bobi Wine for urging investors not to invest money into Uganda, wondering why such a political leader can campaign against the economic transformation of his country.
“Mr Bobi Wine went to America and said that people should not come and invest in Uganda. That means he’s an enemy of progress in Uganda. I was in the opposition myself in the 1960s as a member of the Democratic Party. But when I was a member of DP, I could not say ‘don’t build the Masaka-Kabale road because I’m not in the government.’ I couldn’t say that,” Museveni said in an interview with BBC Newsday’s Alan Kasujja held at State House, Entebbe.
Museveni added: “If you’re waging war on our country when you go and tell foreigners that they should not come and invest in our country then you’re waging war on our prosperity. Why then do you want at the same time come and take advantage of that prosperity!”
As Uganda marked its 57th Independence Day celebrations, Bobi Wine, woke up to the reality that he is not free to hold concerts in Uganda.
Kyagulanyi found police heavily deployed around his home and One Love Beach on the outskirts of Kampala.
The police insisted their actions are not political and that Bobi Wine must fulfill concert guidelines before he is allowed to hold a concert.