Ugandan Artists petition parliament for selling off National Theater land.

Ugandan Artists petition parliament for selling off National Theater land.

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A group of artists from the arts and culture fraternity has petitioned Parliament, seeking for a halt into redevelopments at the Uganda National Culture Center (UNCC).

The center currently houses the Na­tional The­atre, na­tional crafts vil­lage and the Nommo gallery on Plot 4, Vic­to­ria Av­enue.

The group led by Charles Batam­buze and lo­cal drama ac­tor, An­drew Benon Kibuuka, pre­sented the pe­ti­tion to the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Re­becca Kadaga on March 27, 2017, said gov­ern­ment should not privatize the development of UNCC but should fund its development  from pub­lic resources following the original de­vel­op­ment plan.

Batam­buze said the orig­i­nal plan al­ready got the re­quired ap­provals and stake­holder sup­port and if gov­ern­ment is un­able, the board of trustees of UNCC should ap­peal to the pub­lic who in­clude the arts and cul­ture fra­ter­nity to fi­nance de­vel­op­ment of the cen­ter.

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