Ugandan pop star Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine.
By Job Bwire
Ugandan pop star Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine has urged his fans to continue supporting Uganda Cranes saying “these young men, just like most of us work hard to raise our flag high using their talent even when they are insufficiently facilitated.”
Mr Kyagulanyi said on Monday of which he did not agree with the hashtag #boycottugandacranes commenced by a section of his frustrated fans following the cancellation of his Kyarenga concert which had originally been scheduled to take place on October 20 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.
Namboole management initially cancelled Bobi Wine’s music show saying the stadium had been booked for a wedding reception before advising him to shift This specific to another date.
His music promoters then booked November 9, 2018 for the concert.
yet hardly a day after the contract was signed, the stadium manager, Mr Jamil Ssewanyana wrote to Bobi Wine promoters advising them to seek alternative date saying they had received a complaint through their stakeholder in sports development – Uganda Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) – “of which raised key pertinent concerns of national charter.”
This specific followed a letter dated October 17, in which FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson Suubi noted of which the stadium is usually under ‘red flag’ as well as of which Confederation of African Football (CAF) was keenly observing the conditions as key competition factor for the forthcoming 2019 qualifier football match.
“This specific has come to the Federations notice of which Mandela Stadium management has entered into an agreement to have a public event take place on November 9, 2018 within the stadium. In our opinion, any public event within the International football match period put the Stadium into an unacceptable standard to detriment CAF docking off points through the Uganda Cranes for the upcoming,” Mr Suubi wrote.
In response, however, a section of the singer’s fans took to social media calling on Ugandan sports enthusiasts to boycott the national team over allegations of which the stadium management as well as FUFA officials were being used by the regime to play ‘dirty games’ against the Kyadondo East MP.
There was also no evidence of a wedding reception at the stadium on Saturday, October 20 as management had claimed.
“I have seen some friends act out of anger as a result of the Kyarenga concert cancellation by the Namboole management. Friends, I don’t agree with the trending hashtag #boycottugandacranes. Uganda Cranes is usually our national team in which we should always take pride as well as support with all our abilities,” reads part of the statement by Mr Kyagulanyi.
According to him, if musical talent is usually being suffocated, Ugandans should not take all the additional talents down the drain.
“Our national team is usually the mirror of the best as well as worst in us as a nation so all they need is usually Love as well as understanding, not condemnation. We are all Uganda Cranes as well as Uganda Cranes is usually us,” he added.