Music rules: Nsereko rubs salt in artists’ fresh wounds

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Lubaga MP Kato Lubwama (extreme right) with Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko has also spoken out on the new music rules and regulations proposed by the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Government has called upon all artists to register so it can regulated the entertainment industry but they have all refused.

The law requires artists to get a licence to sing in Uganda, get permission to shoot a music video and restricts them from performing on more than one venue on the same night, among others.

While many artists have come out to condemn the new regulations, Nsereko in his comments simply rubbed salt in their fresh wounds.

“When the teachers strike you keep quiet. When doctors and medical practitioners strike your also silent. When Lord Mayor Lukwago was persecuted and thrown out of office you continued to sing at the KCCA carnival,” Nsereko stated.

He went on: “When Dr. Besigye was arrested and detained for over 490 times you kept quiet. When the Public Order Management Act was being tabled you also kept quiet. When people are wrongfully imprisoned and tortured, you keep quiet.”

“When the poor street vendors who support your industry are roughed up, you keep quiet. When the traders are unfairly taxed and locked out of their working places by inhumane landlords, you remain silent.”

He further said that artists who are the mirror to society and should speak out against ills just stay silent when markets are burnt or destroyed plus land evictions of the poor are conducted .

“Finally during the famous TOGIKWATAKO or constitutional Amendment took place, you stayed silent, only to see the very foundation of our constitution be destroyed.”

Nsereko noted that now the sword has been brought to artists’ necks and it’s their turn to face the music.

“We shall come to your rescue because we think this bill is brought by this government in bad faith, with no intention at all to strengthen the music and art industry.”

“However let this be a learning process to you and all Ugandans, that in this struggle we need one another.”

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