Another one bites the dust; Willy Paul takes down corporate CEO as Kenyan entertainers go hard

Barely a month ago, popular comedian and reality TV star Eric Omondi went public and swore, promising that the Kenya Film Classification Board CEO’s goose was cooked and that Dr. Ezekiel Mutua’s days were numbered. His declaration was dismissed as a tantrum, with people making fun of him. The joke turned out to be on them when days later it was announced that Dr. Mutua had been fired. And in what is now turning out to be a Kenyan “me too” movement of sorts, Willy Paul is the latest celeb to take down a CEO.

A while back, the former gospel singer, armed with a panga, threatened Music Copyright Society of Kenya in a video that went viral. In the video, the livid singer promised MCSK officials that their days were numbered, and it was just a matter of time.

Below is a link to the video;

As it is now turning out, MCSK had now gone down!
The Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo) has revoked operating licences for agencies that collect and distribute royalties on intellectual works by artistes for three months or until further advised.

In a notice to the public, Kecobo said the Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp), the Performers Rights Society of Kenya (Prisk), and the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) violated licensing conditions.

The board says that out of Sh114 million in royalties collected as at the end of July 2021, the three collective management organisations (CMOs) distributed only Sh41 million, representing 35.9 percent, instead of 70 percent of the monies, which is about Sh79 million.
“It should be noted that the distribution excludes money received and expensed in the other accounts out of Kecobo monitoring system,” said Kecobo Executive Director Edward Sigei.

“This [the revocation] follows show cause letters issued to the CMOs for non-compliance to the licensing conditions specifically breach of administrative cost limit and diversion of royalties into an undeclared account which operations are unmonitored by Kecobo,” he said.

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