Government Finally Accepts to Create a Ministry for Entertainment, Artists Jubilate

Posted on Aug 06, 2020
By Kiggundu Abraham
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The Ugandan Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is proposing that government considers creating a Ministry in charge of entertainment.

She revealed this last Tuesday while receiving a petition from the performing artistes and industry related players over the delayed implementation of copyrights and the new stringent regulations by the Government.

This is after the artistes and related players complained to the speaker how they lack a political head to address and solve their grievances with utmost ease.

Its here that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga revealed her readiness to propose that the Government establishes a ministry in charge of entertainment so that there can be someone to represent artistes and related players in cabinet and also get somewhere to solve their problems.

"On more than one occasion, I have received complaints from artistes, fashion designers, film actors, writers, etc-- they don’t have a political head; and when they face problems in the industry, they don’t know where to go. Sometimes they go to KCCA; sometimes to the Ministry of Gender; sometimes they come to the Speaker.

Some instructions come from NEMA; others from KCCA; and UCC. There is particular concern that the regulations recently issued by the Uganda Communications Commission, and which were laid before this House, contained very oppressive prescriptions, which I would want the committee of ICT to examine in the same way we supported the Telecom sector to rectify the excesses that were embedded in the regulations. I will be writing to H.E. the President to request that he appoints a minister for that sector.

I want to propose that the govt establishes a Ministry in charge of that sector so that there can be someone to speak for them in the Cabinet and also where they can go to solve their issues," revealed Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.

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