Uganda’s renown dramatist Philip Luswata was yesterday arrested at parliament while protesting the alleged sale of national theater to a private developer.
The protest was running under the hashtag #SaveNationalTheatre on social media.
Luswata was rushed to the Central Police Station in Kampala and put behind bars.
Luswata and other artists claim that there are plans to sell off or demolish the Uganda National Cultural Centre which they say will stifle art in the country.
Luswata in a statement promised a public protest on 31st August against the theater give away which he actually executed.
He had warned that if his protest does not give the desired results, then he would eat humble pie and walk away with his tail coiled between his legs.
Renowned comedian Kansiime Anne and Charlie Muvax, another fine artist who always exhibits his pieces at National Theater also protested the giveaway.
Government has since refuted this and said there are only plans to renovate the theater and redevelop unused land on which the theater sits on Parliamentary Avenue.
This is to be done through a Public Private Partnership agreement.