A delegation from the creative industry of Uganda has today, 4th August, met with the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga on what they termed as repressive regulations that are very stringent and can only lead the growing industry to a stunted growth.
“This lockdown helped me catch up on television because of curfew and I was impressed with a lot of performing arts starring Ugandans,” Speaker Kadaga said.
“There has been a lot of development and creativity in what the entertainment industry puts out to the public.”
About a year ago, another delegation of artists approached the speaker on the matter saying that the commission for the copyrights acts has never been put in place, upon which she wrote to the then Minister of Justice, Mr. Kahinda Otafire but received no response. She assured the artists however that the matter is still on-going.
Hon. Kadaga said that Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) brought forward a multitude of regulations that weren’t clearly analyzed and according to parliamentary rules, after 14 days without grievances, the bill ultimately turns into law.
“What I want to assure you is that I am going to take action. I will write to the president proposing that to mitigate such overlooked matters, a Ministry for the Creative Industry should be created. Secondly, I will present this complaint to the ICT Ministry and summon them to elucidate on these regulations. We will revisit these laws and make sure they are suitable for the growth of the entertainment industry.” Rebecca Kadaga said
Artists, musicians, designers, comedians have no representation in parliament or cabinet yet it is a big industry, a responsible minister has to be in place for the artists to express their grievances.
The Vice President for the Uganda Music Association (UMA), Ykee Benda assured the Speaker that the entertainment industry is good business and can be a great contributor to the Ugandan revenue if handled well. He gave an example of Nigeria, saying that revenue from recorded music in the country has been projected to generate $50 million by 2020.