Performing Artists Petition Kadaga over New Legislation

The Federation of Performing Artists of Uganda (FPAU) has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga challenging the proposed regulations to guide the entertainment industry.

The proposed regulations require artists to register with the Gender Ministry, submit lyrics for their songs and scripts for film and stage performances for approval and documentation, secure a valid practicing certificate for performances and stay clear of illegal drugs.

According to State Minister for Culture Peace Mutuuzo, lyrics that contain offensive language, personal vendetta and plagiarism will be thrown out after the review.

However, the proposals have sparked outrage among players in the entertainment industry,Veteran artists Andrew Benon Kibuuka, Miriam Ndagire and Rubaga South MP Kato Lubwama jointly submitted the proposal this morning saying that the artists were left out of the entire process.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga pledged to support the cause of artists through appropriate legislation.

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