Dozens of artistes from Kabale on Wednesday held a peaceful demonstration protesting what they called being locked out on government funding.
The artists yesterday sent out a petition to President Yoweri Museveni, complaining about 60bn which was supposed to go to the performing artistes association through the Ministry of Gender.
These note that distribution of funds was done only in Eastern, Central and Western region while Kigezi region was left out.
“We thought we would use these funds to improve our industry and be competitive in the country, but we haven’t received it,” reads part of the petition.
The artistes held a demonstration in Kabale town and attempted to march toward the RDC’s office but were intercepted by police led by the Kabale DPC, Brian Ampaire.
Ampaire told the group that they ought to have sought permission before holding the demo.
“There is a better way to do this than simply walking on streets; kindly give me five people preferably your leaders and I show them where to put your petition,” Ampaire urged.