Maurice Kirya, who was among the few Ugandan artists supposed to run for the Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) Presidential race has quit citing personal concerns.
The Uganda Musicians Association nomination is underway with several artists vying for different positions to steer the association ahead with the most contested position being that of the presidency.
The presidential position is among the most competed for with the likes of King Saha and Daddy Andre being among the top contenders. Meanwhile, Cindy Sanyu, who has been the interim president might still be interested in the top job too.
Maurice Kirya was one of the other contenders competing in the presidential race but he later dropped out citing that he didn’t have enough time to take part in the nominations. In a social media post, Maurice said he wouldn’t be able to pick his nomination letter because he’s currently out of the country.
“I’m out of the country (Uganda) and thought I would act quick and get back ready for tomorrow’s (Monday) nomination process but unfortunately, due to Covid-19 protocols, it hasn’t been possible. I can’t have an early flight as earlier projected,” Maurice posted.
Maurice Kirya Out of the UMA Presidential Race
Given the current circumstances, and how Kirya won’t be able to dedicate time to the UMA Presidential race, he had no choice but to forfeit his hopes of running in the race. It is also reported that since the Afro-Soul star is out of the country, he won’t be able to pick his nomination letter either.
“Therefore, it’s with a heavy heart that I have decided to withdraw my application for the UMA Presidency because I would have preferred to represent myself, to listen to my fellow artists and fellow candidates in person,” Kirya added.
However, despite the current situation, Kirya finds himself in, he has promised to continue working with artists and contribute to the development of the Ugandan music industry as he has always had and looks forward to working with whoever will be elected president.
The Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) is licensed by the National Union of Creative Performing Artists and Allied Workers (NUCPAAW), to represent musicians, producers and artist managers.
UMA exists to protect, promote and preserve Ugandan music, and advocate for the interests of its members to the government, the music industry, the media and the public.