By Jane Nambi
Musicians who do not turn up for their own shows are going to be arrested and face a jail term for one full year, a new law says.
Promoters sometimes advertise the coming of certain artists but during the show, the said artists do not turn up. A new law has been put up to curb them by arresting them for a year and not sing that whole entire time. Every musician in turn will be given a singing license allowing him or her to sing in the first place.
Other laws have come out to say no musician will be allowed to sing in more than one show on the same day and every musician who comes late for his or her show will be apprehended. All musicians will be registered in their laws and given licenses which will be renewable every year.
The laws have been drafted by Federation of Performing Artistes of Uganda headed by Andrew Benon Kibuuka.
Most musicians however have rejected these laws saying the law puts a limitation to their freedom. The current law was drafted in 1943 talks about comedians only, not musicians which according to Mr. Kibuuka led them to change it accordingly.