Gospel artist Kirk Franklin and his band encountered rioting crowds in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in Africa two weeks ago. The riot reportedly arose from rumors that a political figure had been arrested.
Coming from a lunch event at the home of the country’s vice president, Gilbert Bukenya, Kirk Franklin could see the “energy” in the crowd and heard that some people were being shot, according to his YouTube report. (Watch below). He and his entourage sought refuge at a local police station.
Kirk was riding in a car, but others with him were on a bus, which was pelted with stones. After entering the bus to check on his team, a police officer began shooting rioters from the bus.
On the YouTube video, Kirk said: “I was so scared … but I’m coming back to Africa. This won’t be my last time … God’s grace.”
Vice President Gilbert Bukenya did all in his power to see that Kirk Franklin’s show at Nakivubo Stadium take place, despite the chaos that engulfed the city on Thursday and Friday. He offered his own security and by 4p.m. the show kicked off with a sizable number of people – mostly pastors and their followers. The security outside the gate was more like that guarding State House as Military Police, Uganda Police and the Army kept an eye on the agitated crowd outside the stadium.
On stage Kirk thanked people who maneuvered the riots and made it at Nakivubo. He rewarded them with a very energetic performance and allowed them to make special requests. He spent 10 minutes praying for the nation and said that he is in Uganda because he loves the country even though he considered not performing due to the riots.