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Creative and performing arts need a ministry, says Speaker Kadaga

The National Union of Creative, Performing Artistes and Allied Workers led by Ms Halimah Namakula, take a group photo with the Speaker of Parliament Ms Rebecca Kadaga after presenting their petition. PHOTOS | PARLIAMENT PRESS

The creative and performing arts need a political head and a Commission so they know where to run to in case of challenges, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said.

According to the Speaker, there is no Ministry directly concerned with the artistes and therefore nobody owns them.

The Speaker said after receiving a petition from the National Union of Creative and Performing Artistes of Uganda over a set of regulations under law for the arts Industry announced by government last month.

“I have received a petition from the National Union of Creative and Performing Artistes of Uganda. They are aggrieved about some laws and regulations that they say are hurting the music industry. The artistes say they weren’t consulted as key stakeholders. I have noted that there is no Ministry directly concerned with the Artistes…nobody owns them. The creative and performing arts need a political head and a Commission so they know where to run to. I will forward their concerns to Parliament for action,” Kadaga tweeted on Tuesday.

On May 28, with the stewardship of UCC, Parliament passed the Uganda Communications Film, Documentary and Commercial Still Photography regulations 2019 and the Stage Play and public entertainment rules 2019.

The regulations have since sparked public outrage as they represent an encroachment on the liberties and very foundations of art as an industry that thrives on freedom of thought and creativity.

The disgruntled artistes reasoned that it would be even more dangerous to allow UCC to breach the privacy of all its users and to monitor their activities without reasonable cause.

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