Music promoters in Uganda who lost money as a result of police banning Bobi Wine’s music concerts in various parts of the country are battling for money amounting to over Shs500M, which was reportedly given to them by President Yoweri Museveni as compensation. Our moles have learnt that after meeting the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga a few days back and handing her their petition, it is said that she agreed to forward their case to President Museveni and indeed she did. After perusing their petition, the President is said to have ordered his office to disburse over Shs500m as compensation to the promoters. The money was picked by Andrew Benon Kibuuka, the head of the Performing Artistes Association and Tony Ssempijja, who heads a city body builders association. However, several promoters who include Balunywa, Abbitex, Andy Mukasa of Bajjo Events and others are accusing Kibuuka and Ssempijja of allegedly pocketing their dime. Abbitex, Balunwya and Mukasa claim that Kibuuka and Ssempijja are not music promoters and have never organized any Bobi Wine concert, hence they have no right to claim even a shilling. However, when contacted for a comment, Kibuuka retorted: “Currently I’m very far in the village, wait till I return. On his part Ssempijja said : “I have organized a meeting for all promoters on January 12th, 2019 at Calendar Guesthouse. Whoever is aggrieved should come to that meeting and express their grievances. BY KITS MIIRO.
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