By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Singer Eric Opoka alias Eezzy, Ministry of Health, and the Uganda Communications Commission the government regulatory body of the communications sector in Uganda have agreed to produce an improved version of the “Tumbiza sound” this time calling for strict observance of COVID-19 guidelines.
It all began two weeks ago when the Director-General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health Dr Henry Mwebesa wrote to UCC claiming that the song was causing misinformation among different audiences and subsequently creating complacency among the public.
In the song, the singer says that Covid-19 should not stop people from enjoying life and the Ministry of Health should quarantine people inside bars for fourteen days.
Now, yesterday the singer, UCC officials and Ministry of Health in their meeting at the UCC offices in Bugolobi greed Ministry of Health will guide him with improved lyrics of the song to sensitize the public about Covid-19.
Dickens Okello, the strategy consultant to Eezzy said that Ministry of health would meet the cost of improving the song.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the spokesperson Ministry of Health says that they have agreed to guide the artist in the next song, and his song will create awareness. It is not clear when the production of the song will start.
“We are going to support him technically by highlighting the message he should put in the new version of the song,” Ainebyoona says
He added that, about banning the old version of the song, UCC will have to pronounce itself on the directive, especially now that there has been an agreement. Ainebyoona added, “We shall also support his talent, going forward,”