Ugandan Artists Denounce Proposed Drug Test Law

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25 January 2019

Ugandan artists, led by 2015 BET award winner Eddy Kenzo and comedian Anne Kansiime, are up in arms over the government’s newly proposed laws which will subject entertainers to forced drug tests before stage performances.

The proposed laws will also bar artistes from dressing indecently and performing abroad without permission.

The Sitya Loss hit maker has attacked Ugandan Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development for proposing the new laws, which he says are aimed at taming artistes.

On her part, Kansiime has termed the proposed legislation as laughable and shameful.

Kenzo says the said laws, which will also make it compulsory for artiste to register with the Ministry, were not carefully thought out and not balanced.

Kenzo was quoted by the Ugandan media saying that that the move is politically instigated and that the Ministry ought to have first reached out to the artistes who have greatly contributed to the growth of the entertainment industry in the country to its present state.

He further claimed that President Yoweri Museveni’s government is only seeking to tame artistes following Bobi Wine’s rise from a performing artiste into the country’s most fiery opposition politician.

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