By Mable Nakibuuka
The organisers of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) have announced that the cancellation of this year’s global event, which was set to be held in Kampala, Uganda, citing the political tension in the country currently.
The MAMAs were set to be held in Kampala on February 20th at the Independence Monument and were to be hosted by celebrated American disc spinner Khaled Mohammed Khaled aka DJ Khaled.
However, due to the current political tension in the country which culminated from the January 14 presidential election, in which National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine lost to National Resistance Movement’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the organisers of the awards have since decided to postpone the event until stability and tranquility return to the country.
It should be noted that the fate of MTV holding the MAMAs in Kampala has been hanging in balance ever since violent protests broke out in November last year following the arrest of Bobi Wine, which resulted into the death of over 50 innocent civilians who were reportedly shot dead by armed security operatives.
Matters worsened following the controversial presidential elections, results of which were rejected by Bobi Wine, who maintains that the election was rigged and marred by a lot of malpractices.
He has since petitioned the Supreme Court seeking a cancellation of the impugned election and organisation of fresh polls that exclude the NRM candidate and incumbent president Yoweri Museveni.