By Max Patrick Ocaido
KAMPALA. President Yoweri Museveni on Friday night made a rare appearance at singer Bebe Cool’s Golden Heart Concert at Kololo Airstrip.
Gagamel’s Big Size took to the stage at around 10.30pm with an electric performance with his Kyekiganye song and later performed other hits that climaxed with his ‘Love you every day’ hit that left the fully packed house on their feet.
At about 11pm, Museveni checked into the venue to the shock of many revelers who had patiently waited and seemingly lost hope of mingling with their President. During his about 10-minute stay, Museveni thrilled revelers when he declared open bar and ordered everybody should be given free beers. At that moment, excited partiers stormed the serving points, but were served with a disappointment after Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) management denied them beers on grounds that they had not received cash from the President. It was until late in the night that the management accepted to give out drinks after security operatives swung into action.
Nevertheless, the show was well attended and Bebe Cool did not disappoint save for a few hiccups that marred the concert such as a power blackout and harassment of scribes by Bebe Cool’s concert organisers.
In his brief speech, Museveni commended the NRM ruling government for establishing ‘everlasting’ peace and security that has enabled the music industry to thrive.
“I urge our singers to take advantage of the peace and security to grow their talent because if you are in countries like Somalia which have got security issues, you cannot find musicians singing like they are doing here in Uganda,” Museveni said.
The proceeds from this charity concert will be used to finance 5 heart surgeries where children with extremely complicated heart defects will be flown to India for treatment.