Government has recommended that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) be entered between seven-year-old singer, Fresh Kid and his Manager, to spell out the responsibilities of each of the parties.
On Thursday, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Pius Bigirimana, met Patrick Ssenyonjo (Fresh Kid) and his Manager known as Francis Kamoga to discuss modalities of engagement to ensure that the young talent’s interests are safe guarded.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry, “Bigirimana agreed with the team to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that stipulates the roles, responsibilities and interests of each party”.
“He revealed that among the many aspects to be itemized are the percentage of sharing proceeds from performances, the commitment to continue with school, hours for performances and hours reserved for resting to avoid exploitation,” the statement further reads.
The meeting was also attended by Fresh Kid’s father Paul Mutabazi and his mother Madrine Namata.
Bigirimana was categorical on the need to ensure that the 7-year-old sees through the scholarship offer he got to study at Kampala Parents School of Ruparelia Group.
The draft MoU is to be reviewed in the coming days before the official signing takes place.
While at the meeting, Fresh Kid got chance for a moment in the Permanent Secretary’s official seat where he expressed gratitude at the gesture and promised to study hard to become a Permanent Secretary besides his musical career.
Fresh Kid’s parents and the promoter appreciated the consultation saying it was a great step to formalizing the partnership between the two entities.
The development comes at time when there has been a salty relationship between the singer’s family (and Management) and the Minister for Youths and Children Affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi for what they call overstepping her mandate in her attempt to regulate Fresh Kid’s music career.
Nonetheless, some fans have been expressing fears over the likelihood that the young singer could be exploited (including financially) since he is not mature enough to make his own decisions.
Fresh Kid took over the Ugandan musical scene at the start of the year after releasing his popular song ‘Banteeka’. His latest single ‘Bambi’ in which he please with the Minister has also become a favorite for many, with 270,000 views on YouTube since April 3.
His latest stride has been a nomination for an International Award in the Carolina Music Video Awards 2019. The awards are scheduled for July 20 2019 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame High Octane Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina.