The large number of local musicians from Kampala flocking Arua to stage concerts may reduce drastically if the Arua district authorities successfully pass a bylaw strictly regulating their activities.
The Speaker of the Arua district council, Hajjati Hanifa Rizigalla, told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that many of the musicians have gained a reputation for conning the public of its hard-earned cash. She said the musicians are contributing nothing to the welfare of Arua and that the district council is considering taxing them for concerts held there.
Since January this year, more than 30 local and regional artists have visited Arua for weekly concerts. The shows that cost between 15,000 shillings and 30,000 shillings per person attract large numbers of youth who do not have alternative opportunities for entertainment.
The latest singer to visit Arua was Mr. Nice of the Fagilia fame. It is estimated that more than 5,000 people from Arua and neighbouring districts of Nebbi, Yumbe and Moyo attended his concert.
The District Speaker said that since he minted millions of shillings from Arua, it is only right that Mr. Nice and other musicians of his kind pay some sort of tax to improve the welfare of his fans in the area.
On the other end of the country in Busia district, the Resident District Commissioner Robinah Nabanja has announced a war on strip tease shows, locally known as