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Artistes Petition Ministry Over National Theatre Management

Ugandan artists have petitioned the Gender and Culture Ministry saying there is need for them to be represented on the board that manages the National Theatre.

Speaking on Ddembe FM’s Saturday entertainment show ‘Talk and Talk’ hosted by presenters Kasuku ,Jenkins Mukasa and Eddie Ssendi, reknown actor Phillip Luswata said they have petitioned the Ministry through Permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana.

He says artistes are not happy because most of the people that have been put on the board that manages the Theatre have little knowledge on issues relating to music, dance and drama.

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Phillip Luswata, one of the petitioners

“We have petitioned the Permanent Secretary over the matter. As artistes we need to get someone to represent us on the board. He should be an actor, actress or performer with experience in this business” he said.

Luswata noted that the national theatre needs people like them who can manage it professionally.

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The National Theatre which is the apple of discord

He further added that there is need for an investigation into the revenues that the place generates through rent and revenue collected through the car park.

“The Theatre and its parking make over Uganda shillings 400 million annually. We want this money to be used in its refurbishment,” he stated.

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Pius Bigirimana, to whom the petition was lodged

Apparently, the Theatre lacks facilities that meet international standards, a situation that has forced many performing groups to move to private theatres and other entertainment venues.

Mr Robert Musiitwa, the Uganda National Cultural Centre PRO noted that though there are issues with the management of the theatre, they cannot be solved in a day.He called upon artistes to find means that will help the harmonising of these issues, without necerssarily running to the media.

 

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