Tanzanian singer and husband to Ugandan celebrity Zari Hassani, Diamond Platinumz will be taking home a whopping $ 30,000 after a few hours performance at this year’s Kampala City Authority (KCCA) carnival.
The Authority headed by Executive Director Jennifer Musisi reportedly paid the Tanzanian artiste, Nasseb Abdul Juma commonly known as Diamond Platinumz $30,000 (about Ugx 108m) to perform at the carnival.
During the Wednesday’s heated council meeting at city hall, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago wondered why the event, whose theme is hinged on cultural diversity, would have a musician from a foreign country yet Uganda has many upcoming artistes whose talent would be boosted by the same event. He vowed not to attend the event.
He added: I find it abnormal that you are paying all this money to a single artiste at the expense of our local artistes. I understand the event is being sponsored by the private sector, but why do we spend all this money to one musician?” .
However, Mr Samuel Serunkuuma, the acting deputy KCCA executive director told council that the institution has no powers to determine which artiste to bring to the carnival because the choice is made by the private partners who sponsor the event.
“All the money that will be used in the city carnival was donated by the private partners and this makes it had for us to dictate on what must be done. However, we look forward to having the next city carnivals to be sponsored by the central government and this will help us streamline the whole exercise,” he said.
The Kampala City Carnival started in 2012 as a platform to rally city dwellers together and celebrate the city. KCCA says the festival is aimed at preserving history and tradition and strives to stimulate the local economy, entertain and involve the community and visitors in a fun–filled atmosphere.