By Mukose Arnold Anthony
Artists led by a one Sserugooti Swaib Kajjankemba the director Mulago theatre kings has issued a notice of intention to sue government and Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA over the propped re-development of the national cultural center/theatre
In a document dated june 19 th received by KCCA and attorney general on 20 th as seen by pressug, Sserugooti through his lawyers of Nalukoola, Kakeeto advocates and solicitors requested the board of trustees of the national cultural center to avail them with minutes in regards to the proceedings which resulted into the decision for redevelopment of the land, the law under which such proceedings were conducted, copies of the proposal from the investors, consent of the regulators including but not limited to the Kampala Capital City Authority, copy of the proposal plan and any other information relevant to the matter at hand so that they can rely in seeking legal redress .
In the same document also copied to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga, attorney general, IGG and KCCA ED jeniferr Musisi, Sserugooti further demands for halting of all the intended developments until he is accorded the opportunity to peruse the above documents without further ado and failure for the board to adhere to their demands in the letter as per the access to information act, artists are to drag the board of trustees in courts of law.
It important to recall that on June 7 th , the management of the Uganda National Cultural Center (UNCC) ordered all tenants to move out of the National Theatre and according to reports, all occupants have been given until the end of June to vacate the premises
The 60-year-old building if the status quo remains as is being reported will be pulled down and replaced with a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose complex as part of new redevelopment plans.
The National Theatre was constructed in 1957 and it is estimated that the Uganda national cultural center (UNCC) generates annual revenue of Shs 2 billion ($557,580) from the National Theatre, though its claimed that the new project could bring an annual estimated revenue of Shs 50 billion ($13,939,500).