We won’t allow them to poison students’ minds, minister on banning musicians

The Minister of State for Gender and Culture Peace Regis Mutuuzo said the decision to ban secular musicians from performing in schools still stands because allowing students to mix with worldly performers is not good for them at that age.

Sheebah Karungi performing at a school function

The minister, who was speaking at the launch of the Miss Curvy Africa Contest at Mosa Courts in Kampala, said that if secular performers are banned, schools will support school-grown talent.

“We don't want to kill the talent of the children in schools. When we were in school, we used to perform. So, why should we kill the talent of young children? Let them entertain themselves. There is a person whose art is secular,.. and beyond scope of children, it has nothing to teach them,” the minister explained.

"Musicians have their own space, let them use that... I think there was an oversight, teachers were not well-guided. Music has information that could change a child's life in a second. If you come and show an adolescent kid your private parts, they become active,” she went on.

"We can teach students how to sing. they can even entertain themselves. We don't want to kill the talent of the children in schools... we don't want secular performers to ruin our students. Let's identify talent at a young age. we shall sit down and discuss the type of entertainment that's appropriate for children.”

The Ministry of Education and Sports on August 1 directed schools to stop musicians from performing for students, citing a growing trend of seminude performers filmed lighting up school functions.

The development attracted mixed reactions, with some musicians like Cindy, who heads the association of musicians, saying regulating how artistes perform is fine and others like Sheebah Karungi, saying it's not their mandate to decide how students live their lives.

Minister Mutuuzo said people shouldn’t look at the ban as against the growth of musicians because the government has allowed debauched events like Nyege Nyege to happen.

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