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Fresh Kid management vow to disregard agreement made with Minister Nakiwala

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Upcoming sensational child rapper, Fresh Kid alias Patrick Ssenyonjo’s manager, Francis Kamoga has said despite the memorandum of understanding the management had signed with the Minister of State for Children Affairs to streamline the young rapper’s new career, nothing much will change.

Clad in full school uniform, 7-year old Fresh Kid alongside his parents, management and a representative from St Agnes Primary School where the former is said to study from, met with Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Minister of State for Children Affairs who had prior invited them to forge a way forward for his budding career. This was after the minister received reports that instead of sending him to school, Fresh Kid’s management had chosen to confine him to recording studios and doing stage performances which infringe on his rights as a child. The meeting was also attended by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana and other officials from the ministry.

Nakiwala told off Fresh Kid’s parents Paul Mutabazi and Madrine Namata and the management for using his talent to pursue their material interests at the expense of his rights as a child, which includes the right to education. She counseled them to send him to school and desist from letting him access bars and discotheques where he reportedly performed from.

“Why should he be the one to take care of the entire family at his age?  I cannot allow this to happen, both as a parent and as a custodian of the law. This will set a bad precedence to other parents and encourage laziness. He cannot be the tool for your financial gain as you continue giving birth”, said the enraged minister.

Mutabazi and Namata had come to the meeting with one of their elder daughters and a baby of about six months had earlier complained to the minister that they have seven children, two of which have already dropped from school. Mutabazi decried he is poor and that their son’s break through was already helping them to cater for the family’s financial needs. They requested that their son be allowed to perform during gigs scheduled during daytime (even when they may clash with his school time table) which the minister instantly objected.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Kamoga, however, maintained that nothing much will change. “Everything will remain the way it has been”, he said.

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