MTV Music Awards Postponed Because Of Museveni’s Alleged Human Rights Abuses
MTV channel’s music awards due to be held in Uganda’s capital, Kampala have been postponed to a yet to be announced date after revelations documenting alleged election abuses by the ruling party.
MTV’s Africa Music Awards were to be virtually held on February 20, 2021, and hosted by Grammy Award-winning powerhouse DJ Khalid in partnership with Uganda, “The Pearl of Africa.”
But after Wednesday’s report from Uganda’s opposition led by Bobi Wine collating human rights abuses and election irregularities, Viacoms, MTV’s parent company has decided to shelve the idea of hosting the awards in that country.
“MTV Base is postponing the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards. We will keep fans updated as we have more news,” MTV wrote in a statement.
This year’s MTV awards were expected to mark the TV channel’s triumphant comeback after a 4-year break in 2016.
But Uganda’s opposition opposed the idea of having Uganda to host the event.
In a news conference held this Thursday after MTV announced it was postponing the awards, Bobi Wine announced he was happy with the channel’s decision
“It was painful to see MTV was being used to sanitize the oppressive regime here in Uganda.
I am glad MTV is also seeing it and acting in respect of all the rights of artists. It would be such a shame for the MTV Music Awards to be held in Uganda under gunpoint,” said the opposition leader Bobi Wine – whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi.
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