“Meanwhile, 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,” Bobi said.
He said the artistes found in the studio were beaten and arrested.
They have not yet been charged.
“Even when I tried to explain that these youth were no harm to society and actually productive members of our community, nobody listened.”
He said the artistes 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 come to book these artists for a small gig.
“I was actually there doing an interview with New York Times [reporter Anne Whitehead] when this happened.”
“Many times, I have 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.”
In his message to Uganda police, Bobi said next time they call him to calm down riots in the ghetto, they should remember how they have treated his people.