Uganda singer-cum-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu a.k.a Bobi Wine discourages local artistes against begging for financial help from the government but to rather fight against the unfair laws imposed on the industry.
The past few years have seen numerous laws and regulations imposed onto the entertainment industry.
The most notable of those was the Stage Plays and Public Entertainment Act which was hugely discussed early last year.
The Act was not warmly welcomed by most stakeholders in the entertainment industry because of the strict restrictions which were looked at as unrealistic.
That same year, artistes were also irked by government’s closure of public performances and concerts due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Todate, bars remain closed and concerts are limited to just a few people, something which has forced artistes into begging the government to open the entertainment avenues and also help them financially.
Former Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) Secretary General Bobi Wine, however, urges artistes to stand up and fight for their rights rather than begging for government to help them.
During a dinner with a number of entertainers at his home in Magere, Bobi Wine also asked the artistes to fight against the unfair laws imposed onto their industry by the government.
He also mentioned how the UMA has lost vision and turned artistes into beggers yet they are very important people in society.
I recall years back when we started that association with Sylver Kyagulanyi as our Chairman and me as the Secretary General, we never wanted to be beggars but fight for our rights as artists against the unfair laws they had introduced.
It is sad that the association has fallen off the wagon. They have taken out glory as artistes and reduced us to just mere beggars. We have a very important God given talent.Bobi Wine
Bobi Wine boasts a large following across East Africa as an artist and politician following his run for the presidential seat earlier this year.