President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he was unaware of most of the challenges faced by Ugandan artistes until he started tackling issues involving Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi.
President Museveni said Wednesday that he was shocked to learn last year, about how Ugandan musicians were being exploited by music promoters, and almost earning nothing from their works.
“It is really amazing to find that the people who manage this sector don’t see these challenges,” said President Museveni at the launch of the National IP Policy and SIMPO Registry.
“It was only recently when they told me about this…the other day when we were having issues with our son Bobi Wine when he was making some trouble and we shut down his concert at Busabala; that is when we got into all this.”
The president noted that he got to learn about the exploitation of local artistes as he intervened to support organizers that had made losses from the concert cancellations.
Through last year, security agencies cancelled a number of music concerts organized by Hon Bobi Wine citing among others safety of the concert goers.
Bobi Wine had previously disregarded the advice from Police not to use the concerts as political rallies.
Following the cancellations, President Museveni handed out Shs 2billion as compensation to the organizers of the concerts.
Speaking today at State House in Entebbe, Museveni faulted government officials and security organs for not providing protection to local artistes and other inventors.
“It was when I came in to help these organizers that I got to learn about this gap…that we are protecting goats and cows and pigs (from thieves), but somebody could steal my song and use it and I am not protected.
The National Intellectual Property Policy and Security Interest in in Movable Property Registry System (SIMPO) was launched under the theme “Creating Unlimited Possibilities for Innovation and Credit Access.”