The National Union for Botswana Artists (NUBA) is conscious of the public outcry about the Botswana Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) as a part of the activities to celebrate Botswana 49th independence anniversary.
However, a call to boycott the event offers no solution to the issue at hand, let alone growing public opinion about BOT50. What we at NUBA demand is a thorough investigation on the matter and constructive dialogue to build consensus and restore public confidence in the overall management of BOT50.
NUBA is appreciative of Government's relentless support to the arts, which has been carried out in good faith. What is however disturbing is the poor monitoring of the custodians, which often lead to poor implementation of important projects like BOT50. Given the BEMF saga, we advise the Minister responsible for Youth, Sport and Culture to immediately sanction the probing of BOT50 and take appropriate action. As we carry out this investigation, we should bear in mind that consensus building, unity and national pride should prevail.
Raymond Buti Malinga
(NUBA – Spokesperson)