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MAMA AWARDS KAMPALA: Dj Khaled cancels Ugandan trip after pressure from fans

DJ Khaled, best known for his hip hop and R&B hit anthems (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Grammy® Award-winning global sensation DJ and record executive, DJ Khaled has  pulled down a poster he had earlier made showing his excitement to visit Uganda.

This followed massive pressure from his fans allover the world asking him to boycott the trip in the East African country where they alleged gross violation of human rights including arbitrary arrests,  unlawful killings and torture.

Ugandan authorities recently arrested Nigerian Artists who are  nominees in the Awards.

Uganda also deported legendary singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka and is blamed for suffocating local artistes including  Bobi Wine.

It has since emerged that  DJ Khaleed who was set to host the MTV MAMA awards in Kampala has opted to host the biggest event on African continent virtually without stepping foot in Uganda.

Sources said organizers are still trying to come in terms with that decision.

On Monday, Mr. Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP who has represented Bobi Wine since  2018 also launched a campaign, asking African Artists to boycott the Kampala event.

Lawyer Amsterdam says  he has asked all his friends in many African countries including Nigeria,  South Africa and Kenya to speak to MTV about the necessity of a boycott of any show in Uganda that lends legitimacy to President Museveni at this time.

Citing gross human rights violation and alleged rigging in the just concluded elections, Mr.  Amsterdam said: “I am asking all my friends in South Sudan Nigeria Cameroon Tanzania Zambia Ghana South Africa and Kenya to speak to MTV about the necessity of a boycott of any show in Uganda that lends legitimacy to M7 at this time! #EndSARS #byebyebiya #Kenya #mtv #FreeBobiWineOurPresident”.

Ugandan government, through the Uganda Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities entered a partnership with MTV to have the awards held in Uganda to promote tourism— four years after the prestigious show went on a sabbatical.

The event is scheduled to take place on February 20, 2021 in Kampala, for the first time ever.

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