Music promoter Abbey Musinguzi, also known as Abitex, is seeking compensation of 70 million Ugandan Shillings for financial losses resulting from the cancellation of the ‘Nkwakyo Festival.’
The festival was meant to feature singer Patrick Mulwana, also known as Alien Skin, as the main performer.
However, Alien Skin recently made a public announcement stating his decision not to participate in the festival.
In a letter dated August 14th, Abitex, represented by the legal firm Lunar Advocates, expressed their intention to take legal action.
They state that they had a prior agreement with Alien Skin to pay him 100 million Ugandan Shillings for his performance at the concert.
A partial payment of 10 million Shillings was made upfront, with the remainder to be settled later.
Abitex’s lawyers explain that the deposited 10 million Shillings was sent in installments via mobile money to Musa Mawejje, Alien Skin’s manager.
They express disappointment that the cancellation of the Nkwakyo Festival occurred just days before the scheduled event, without any prior notification.
This sudden cancellation, according to Abitex’s lawyers, caused economic losses, mental distress, embarrassment, and harm to Abitex’s reputation as an event promoter.
The legal notice outlines that in addition to the artist’s fee, Abitex had incurred several other expenses such as audio and video advertisements, banners, public address system rentals, and other media costs in preparation for the event.
Abitex’s lawyers are demanding a total of 71.5 million Shillings within seven days from the receipt of the notice. This amount covers the losses and damages incurred due to the festival’s cancellation.
Additionally, they request 6 million Shillings as reimbursement for the legal fees associated with their services. Failure to comply with these demands could result in legal action being taken against Alien Skin.