KAMPALA – Few weeks ago, the old board of the Uganda Performing Right Society (UPRS) was disbanded and the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) in conjunction with Uganda Registration Services Bureau had decided to form a new board that would help to steer all the arts-related issues.
Earlier last week, a special general meeting was held where some names were submitted to the board and among these was Swangz Avenue boss Julius Kyazze’s .
Several reports, however, indicate that Kyazze turned down the offer and part of the things that influenced his decision was his busy schedule which he said would not make him settle down for a position on UPRS board.
“They had contacted me earlier but I told them I would get back to them, which I didn’t do unfortunately, so maybe they thought my silence was some kind of approval so they included my name and when I tried getting back to them, I didn’t succeed but the truth is I am so busy and cannot find time for them,” Kyazze said.
Kyazze also apparently emphasized that for one to be considered for a position on the board, he has to formally submit his interest in writing asking for the particular position, something he didn’t do.
This is not the first time the Swangz CEO is turning down an offer of the kind in the music industry. Years back, he was selected to be the chairman of the Ugandan Musicians Association but he submitted his resignation after just a few months in office.
By the look of things, the revamped Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) will have to look for someone else to fill a top position on the board.
In July, the James Wasula-led UPRS board that had lasted too long was disbanded by the Uganda National Culture Forum citing discrepancies in how the body was managing artists’ loyalties.