Besides the 400 million shillings that most artistes are fighting for, President Museveni had earlier on before the dinner pledged 400 million shillings at an event dubbed “Ekyepukulu” at Namboole stadium on the 26th of July this respective year when he was invited as the chief guest but no one is talking about that amount.
This makes 800million shillings as the total amount pledged to the art industry by the president.
Last Thursday morning, an emergency artiste meeting was organized at the national theatre by Andrew Benon Kibuuka, who is the president of the Federation of Performing Artistes in Uganda and James Wasula, the CEO/General secretary of the Uganda performing right society but most concerned artistes didn’t turn up. Bebe Cool, Jose Chameleone, Juliana Kanyomozi, Irene Namubiru, Hajji Haruna Mubiru, King Saha, Mun G, Radio and Weasel, Judith Babirye and others who attended the dinner at Munyonyo shunned it.
The meeting was aimed at clarifying on the total amount pledged and what it should be used for in case it finally comes and Kibuuka said some of the money will be used to build music headquarters to benefit all artistes. “If the pledged money comes, we are planning to use some of it to construct a music headquarters in Uganda where all musicians will benefit in one way or another. To set the records straight, this money is not for musicians only but all performing artistes like comedians, film actors and dancers among others.”
He also added that the money will be safe and available only to the registered artistes because the Sacco already exists. “The artistes Sacco was started four years ago and the offices are situated at National Theatre so if the money comes through it will be safe and available to only those registered. Registration is only 30,000/=.”