Performing artistes and journalists are set to benefit from President Yoweri Museveni’s wealth creation drive, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa the government chief whip has intimated.
Nankabirwa made the announcement while meeting members of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) at parliament on Friday.
“The president has amended his list of groups doing the same enterprises from 13, to about 17,” she said.
In line with this, Nankabirwa says the president has opened up a state of the art recording studio in Rubaga with the intention of helping upcoming artistes. More machines to fit in the studio she said are in transit.
Besides musicians, Nankabirwa said the president is also looking to support journalists.
The Kiboga woman MP says it is absurd to see media practitioners wallowing in poverty, yet they help key government initiatives.
“You cover activities which are at the heart of government programs. But when you ask whether as Ugandans doing journalism you are included in any of government’s programs, no journalist is benefiting,” she said.
Journalists, Nankabirwa says, must not only stop at rubbing shoulders with big shots mainly ministers but use this opportunity to their advantage.
She added that reporters benefiting from government’s numerous programs cannot obscure their moral principles.
She therefore advised other parliamentary journalists to join UPPAs Sacco as one way of improving their livelihoods.