The Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Pius Bigirimana has today inspected renovation works at Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) popularly known as the National Theatre.
Bigirimana was led to the tour of the works by UNCC Executive Director, Francis Peter Ojede who showed the PS the progress of renovations work inside and outside the cultural building. The PS said he was impressed by the work being done and called on the contractors to speed up the exercise so as to be able to beat the deadline ahead on JAMAFEST which will be hosted at the venue as well as at Kololo Airstrip and Hotel Africana.
Bigirimana, impressed by the ongoing works at National theatre said the work must be finished by end of this month to give way for JAMAFEST which starts on 7th September.
“We are trying to make sure all the venues where the fest is going to take place are clean. I am impressed by the work being done especially the quality of materials being used which is good and choice of colours is on point. This national will not be destroyed like some people have been saying, no one is going to change, the theatre is here to stay, national theatre will remain the way it, the structures will remain the way they, we are only renovating and cleaning up,” Pius told the press.
Ambiguous Construction Company Ltd was contracted to do the work at a cost of UGX 3bn.
Peter Ojede said the works are on course and the people will be able to enjoy the festival without any disturbances.
JAMAFEST is East Africa arts and cultural festival. The First festival was held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2013 while the second was in Nairobi Kenya in 2015. Third edition is scheduled for Kampala, Uganda this year.