The newly appointed sports and culture minister Joseph Habineza urged artists to start thinking of paying taxes in future instead of keeping asking for government assistance.
“Musicians should start thinking of paying taxes from the money they earn from music but not always think of asking for government assistance,” says Minister Joseph Habineza.
The minister made the statement during the handover over ceremony with the outgoing minister Protais Mitali..
He said that the government will continue to support artists to produce quality music which is professional and able to generate income to the government.
“Like other musicians do in some countries like the United States of America they do pay taxes , for years, artists have been asking for government funding to support them boost their music, now it’s the right time to think of paying taxes “ Habineza said.‘
The minister revealed that the government is in final stages planning to construct a multi-million national theater with high tech equipment’s and expected to cost Rwf400 million.
Habineza is one of those ministers that have ever been close to local musicians with passion.
Musicians were also urged to devote time to their music and make music that sales outside Rwanda, so that they can also start reaping from other countries as well as investing in their motherland.
Minister Joseph Habineza has been widely known for his activities that promoted sports and music activities during his reign as the minister of youth and sports before he was sent to Nigeria as Rwanda’s High Commissioner in the West African country.