Andrew Benon Kibuuka, the president of Federation of Performing Artistes of Uganda (FPAU) has lashed out a t a section of artistes spreading rumor that he received 1 billion shillings from statehouse, a donation meant for producers, but he put the money to his personal use.
Addressing the press at Bat Valley Theater in Kampala this morning, Kibuuka dismissed allegations by Joseph Tamale Mirundi and other promoters who include Andrew Mukasa of Bajo events that he has since put the said money to his personal use.
After threatening to sue the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martins Okoth Ochola over continued cancellation of Bobi Wine’s concerts, music event organizers through the Federation of Uganda Promoters Association (FUPA) met President Museveni and addressed their issues.
According to sources, the president decided to refund them Shs1.2billion through the State Minister for Culture, Lukia Isanga Nakadama and later be handed to the association President, Abby Musinguzi (Abitex) and Kibuuka.
However, the Shs1.2bn handshake has reported caused chaos in the FUPA with some members accusing the leadership of including masqueraders on the list.
According to Benon Kasenene who claims to be the sitting president of FUPA but is abroad, Abitex – the man whom he left in office is only giving money to associates of Bobi Wine.
“I understand that some people masquerading as leaders of music promoters went to Museveni with a proposal to obtain money from him as a refund to promoters that lost money they had invested in Bobi Wine’s cancelled music shows. This money has been shared amongst guys who are closely working with Bobi Wine some of whom have been seen on TVs and Radios regularly shouting People Power,” Kasenene said in a statement.
However, according to Benon Kibuuka, the association is still vetting those who claim to have organized cancelled concerts before issuing out the cash.
He claims the allegations are aimed at tainting the remarkable image he has managed to build over the years.