As social media was switched off the whole of yesterday following the swearing in ceremony of his Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, a lot happened in Uganda’s entertainment industry and we are surely bringing you up to speed with whatever transpired and first was the arrest of the three Firebase crew artistes.
According to their president Bobi Wine, the quadruple were doing rehearsals when armed soldiers invaded Firebase studios and started beating and arresting everyone they could set their eyes on.
“As the swearing in is going on, our rehearsal studio in Kamwokya was invaded by armed soldiers and police as young Firebase artists were rehearsing, and others were watching the swearing in on T.V. They were beaten and arrested.” Bobi said.
He however also added that those arrested have not yet been charged but he tried to explain to the officers that the arrested artistes have no harm to society. “Even when I tried to explain that these youth were no harm to society and actually productive members of our community, nobody listened. They were bundled up to into a car, humiliated, and are now detained at Kira Road Police station.”
The arrested artists include: Red Aya, Dex, Wagi, and the CEO of Bigs promotion who had gone to the studio to book the three artists for a small gig.
Bobi Wine said that he received the news while doing an interview with New York Times but also condemned police’s actions saying that he has for a long time worked with the Uganda police to calm down riots and to create peace and stability in the ghetto, as well as to build a good relationship between the police and the common people.
He also warned them that next time they call him to calm down riots in the ghetto, they should first remember their actions towards his people. By press time, there was no information on the where abouts of the members and efforts to get a comment from Bobi Wine and Firebase crew were futile.