By Watchdog reporter

The management of the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC) has denied having plans to sell the National Theatre to a private developer.

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“The National Theatre is not for sale,” Mr Francis Ojede said at a press conference in Kampala on Sunday.

“We are going to redevelop it such that it meets the required,” he added.

Artistes have opposed plans to redevelop the National Theatre saying that was a ploy to sell off the land in the prime area of Kampala.

One of the leading actors Philip Luswata last month protested against the plans to redevelop the cultural centre saying, management should focus on improving services and bolstering the quality of art in Uganda.

During the Sunday press conference, Mr Ojede dismissed rumours that the Theatre was up for sale, saying, he has all land titles of the place in safe custody. He also said he will bring them out on the day the minister of gender and culture will address the artistes and other stakeholders early next month.

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Ojede said that the management decided to build a futuristic ultra modern cultural centre to cater for needs of all stakeholders in cultural development.

He said the new structure would have three auditoria for over 3000 people. The three auditoria will be for straight drama, concerts and opera.

The new centre will also have a resource centre, art and craft space, food court, language centre, dance studio, media centre, among other things.

Ojede said the plans would be developed using the private public partnership model. He denied having a developer in place already.

 

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