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Do research, Michael Usi tells creatives

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Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi has called on creatives Usi, who is also a comedian, said in an interview Thursday that it was high time creatives remained faithful to their work by researching.

“For instance in theatre, we can only win back the audience when we bring to the people productions that are rich and well researched and this is the same with radio plays, drama series and movies. I have noted at times that we relax and compromise on our work,” he said.

Usi said it was only when creatives research their work that they will be able to stand out and even compete on the international stage.

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The minister then assured the creative sector that the government will continue to put in proper systems aimed at propelling the arts industry in the country.

“We are happy with the strides being made by artists in various disciplines but as I have indicated, we need to strive for quality which is key. As artists, there is also need to work together and not in isolation. For a long time artists have failed to move forward because everyone wants to do things on their own,” Usi said.

Artists have for a long time bemoaned lack of support from the government and currently they are lobbying for the enactment of the National Arts and Heritage Council (Nahec) Draft Bill which will lead to the establishment of Nahec.

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Meanwhile, Nahec Taskforce Thursday once again met the Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs alongside its line ministry and Ministry of Justice as they continue to lobby for the enactment of Nahec Bill.

“It was a fruitful meeting and we discussed a lot as regards Nahec Draft Bill. You may recall that there were some things that the Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs and Legal Committee pointed out that there were some instruments that needed perfection so we are moving towards having the Draft Bill tabled,” Nahec Taskforce Draft Bill Chairperson Maxwell Chiphinga, said.

Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs has acknowledged that the National Arts and Heritage Council (Nahec) Draft Bill is long overdue and that it was high time it was enacted into law.

Parliamentary Committee on Social and Community Affairs Chairperson Savel Kafwafwa said recently that they were determined to make it the draft bill into a law.

“This is a mother council which will be a parasol and so, all stakeholders and councils attached need to be in. Now we are able to move forward and we will call other stakeholders and hear from them otherwise our target is to make sure that the bill gets to Parliament in the next budget meeting in February next year,” Kafwafwa said.

He also said that with the government overwhelmed with so many bills, the Nahec Draft Bill can be considered for the Private Members Bill only when homework is done on the bill.

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