Artists Petition Parliament Over newly set regulations by UCC
Artists have petitioned Parliament over the newly set regulations on arts which they describe as draconian and unfair to the arts industry.
In a meeting with the Speaker on Tuesday 4th August 2020, the Artists through one of their umbrella associations called National Union of Creative and Performing Artistes, expressed their disappointment with the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) for coming up with harsh regulations without consulting widely across the stakeholders.
UCC last week, gazette regulations “Film Documentary and Commercial Still Photography Regulations 2019 and Stage Play and Public Entertainment Regulations 2019”. The objective of the regulation according to UCC were intended to regulate the industry.
The Artists are however concerned that the regulations are not only harsh but also unfair as they directly hinder creativity. The team that was led by Hannington Bugingo, the President of the Uganda Comedians Association called upon the Speaker to intervene.
Bugingo told the Speaker that for long, there is no specific Government entity that is in charge of the Artists. She noted that the vacuum leaves the Artists at the disposal of all government entities like UCC, Kampala Capital city Authority among others. They requested the creation of a ministry in charge of Artists.
The Speaker thanked the Artists for the good work each was doing. She emphasized the importance of creative and performing arts to have a political head and a Commission for easy management.
Kadaga promised to forward the concerns of the Artists to Parliament for action.