Rukungiri District Musicians cry for help as COVID-19 lockdown hits hard

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RUKUNGIRI– A section of musicians from Rukungiri district under their umbrella “Rukungiri Musicians Association” have threatened to demonstrate if the government keeps deaf ear on their issues.

Musicians who convened at New Palm Hotel on Monday said they are facing hard times than ever and its high time the government comes in to their rescue.

On 18th March 2020, the Ugandan government innitiated a national lockdown where music concerts and festivals were banned leaving them with no source of income as this was their main source livelihood.

They now want the government to swing into action for their rescue since the COVID-19 restrictions that were put on their industry has pinched their income.

Alex Buhoro, Nanyonga Macu Menzo, Musinguzi Ericana, Mucurezi Muntulive and Smokie Fatie among other musians from Rukungiri District explained that the government has always ignored them in all relief arrangements since the outbreak of the pandemic. 

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Ambroz Tumwijukye the chairperson of Rukungiri Musicians Association revealed that they will demonstrate if the government remains silent on their issue.

Our news desk contacted the Rukungiri district woman legislator Hon. Midius Natukunda Kaharata on the same issue who confirmed that the musicians have not reached out to them as legislators on the same issue.

Natukunda however requested them to follow right procedures of expressing their grievance by first contacting and sharing their issues with responsible leaders. 

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After receiving information about the Musicians plan to demonstrate, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen cautioned them against engaging in criminal activities which will cause them more trouble.

Nsubuga further explained that musicians from Rukungiri district have never consulted his office about the matter thus encouraging them to follow right pass in having their issues solved rather than demonstration.

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Hon. Natukunda on the other hand encouraged the Rukungiri district community to continue observing vigilance as the 42 days of lockdown are drawing towards an end confirming that COVID-19 is still here with us. 

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