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Lift restrictions on music industry, artistes tell govt

Music promoter Bajjo and colleagues addressing journalists about the plight of their industry. PHOTOS | MICHAEL KAKUMIRIZI

A combined group of artistes and promoters have asked government to relax the restrictions imposed on their industry saying they are under an unprecedented financial crisis.

The group that convened at Pope Paul in Lubaga Division on Monday led by music promoter Andrew Mukasa alias Bbajo and Abbey Musinguzi alias Abitex said they are facing hard times and need government to intervene.

“We don’t want government cash outs. We are looking forward to doing our business. So we demand an end to the lockdown,” Abitex told the press.

Abitex said that many of them have lost property to money lenders while others can no longer afford home necessities and health care services.

Aloysius Matovu, a local artiste and poet, said that they are aware about the prevalence of the Covid-19 situation globally “but this will not stop continuity.”

“We feel that continued lockdown is an injustice to the art Industry. Enough is enough, we use our talent to feed,” Matovu said, adding that, “people are squeezed and that is why we artists have decided to enter politics.”

He pledged that once they are given the green light, they will adhere to the set health guidelines by government while operating.

“Once they allow us we will ensure hand washing, social distancing and sanitising” Matovu said.

Promoter Abitex said the five months of lockdown have shattered the entire art industry and businesses like bars and beer companies.

“We believe the President will listen to our plea. If he doesn’t, we will protest in front of the State House,” Abitex said.

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