Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze has castigated President Museveni’s government for turning a blind eye as the Country’s most valuable international human export – Edirisa Musuuza aka Eddy Kenzo, is stranded in the high Coronavirus risk Ivory Coast.
In her long message to the government, which was also shared on her Facebook page on Thursday 26, the veteran law maker faulted the regime for caring-less for the music and showbiz industry despite the fact that it plays a very big role in raising the country’s flag to the outside world and bringing in foreign revenue. She adds that besides Kenzo, there are many other Ugandans stranded in other risk countries and appeals to the Ministry of foreign affairs to intervene.
“Our star, the only one we have as a Country in that category is stranded in Ivory coast after the lockdown of countries due to Coronavirus got him there. There are so many other people stranded like Eddy Kenzo and we send our sympathies to them,” Nambooze appealed.
She expressed frustration that despite her numerous cautions to the country’s leadership on the handling of music and showbiz, there has been reluctance from the government which she says is the reason why even high profile artistes like Kenzo find themselves in such situations. She further said that proper handling would inform the Country’s top stars and entertainers to have professional managements which would ensure they take cautious decisions without risking their lives.
“We haven’t taught our young people how stars are supposed to behave. We haven’t raised a demand on them to be managed by proffesionals,” she retorted.
Acording to Nambooze, these artistes should be treated with national diginity whenever they travel abroad because it’s more of a service to the nation than it’s for their individual importance.
“When they go for international tours these young people fly our contry’s flag which means that they are on National duty…they bring both fame and money to our Country. They are the unpaid ambassodors and real assets for Uganda,” she added while stressing the need for government to always take charge.
Reffering to Kenzo’s Thursday statement on how he found himself in Ivory coast in this period when Coronavirus is ravaging nations, Nambooze said absence of a professional management is to blame for the star’s current predicament since the sitya loss hit maker feared to be sued or being made to refund concert organisers that’s why he found himself in the current situation.
“If Kenzo was under a serious management he wouldn’t have travelled for an international concert in this period. His fear of getting sued by the organisers of the tour is out of incomprehension of the principals of the law and this is why we should demand that stars of Kenzo’s calibre must be supervised by a team of professionals,” says Nambooze.
She went further to refer to the law of contracts whereof she explained that in the event of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, the Country’s sole BET award winner should have been advised that by law, failure to execute his contracts in Ivory Coast would have been excusable hence he wouldn’t have needed to expose his life to his present risk in a foreign country.
“In the law of contracts, an act of God is interpreted as an implied defense under the rule of impossibility or impracticability. If so, the promise is discharged because of unforeseen occurrences, which were unavoidable and would result in insurmountable delay, expense, or other material breach. No person can sue the other upon a breach resulting from an ACT OF GOD and am alerting all people not to allow others to harass them over contracts flopping due to the Coronavirus,” she explains.
She added that since Kenzo is a rare type of talent for the country, she finds it so cruel when government plays indifference in face of the star’s cries for help.
“To Uganda,I say that we dont have many people of Kenzo’s type. Its so cruel of us to pretend not to hear his appeals,” she further asserted.
Eventhough Nambooze admits that it maybe late now for the government to execute an evacuation for the fear strikened father of two, she advised the Country’s Foreign Ministry to liase with her counterpart in Ivory Coast to ensure the safety of “Kaana ka mbata” for the Country can’t afford to bear the consequences should he get a problem in a foreign land.
She concluded by further calling upon Foreign Minister Sam Kuteesa to reach out to Ugandans who maybe stranded in various Countries and arrange with or request Governments where they are to ensure their safety.
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