By Dickson Ndugwa
Over the past few days, there has been a looming talk about a lockdown in Kampala and Wakiso over the Ebola virus. This comes after the districts of Mubende and Kassanda were closed for 21 days by president Museveni and also had a dusk to dawn curfew in place.
The news has caused distress among sections of the public and according to comedian Patrick Salvado Idringi, such fear mongering is likely to plunge the entertainment industry into a wave of uncertainty and the last thing the industry needs is another lockdown.
Salvador made the comments at Arcadia Suites during a press conference on Thursday where he unveiled Uganda Waragi as a flagship sponsor for the continental comedy show that makes a return after a 2-year Covid-19 induced hiatus.
” We spent two years in lockdown and we are just on a recovery path. The scientists should devise means other than a lockdown. They should be considerate,” he said.
During the presser, Uganda Waragi announced it would be sponsoring Ugandan comedy shows for the foreseeable future. The brand started off by sponsoring Africa Laughs on this Friday for its 6th season.
Uganda Breweries’ brand manager for Mainstream Spirits, Hillary Baguma said they had partnered with comedy for “exposure and empowerment of upcoming and big comedians.
” Our support to the big comedians like Salvado, Madrat & Chiko, Alex Muhangi, Fun Factory will give a chance to other upcoming acts all over the country to showcase their talent,” Baguma said.
The show that kicks off from 5pm-11pm at the Kololo Independence grounds will have continental acts like Loyiso Gola, (South Africa), Q-Ndube (Zimbabwe), Celeste Ntuli (South Africa), Eric Omondi (Kenya), Gordons (Nigeria) and a list of other Ugandan acts.