Ykee Benda celebrates UPRS suspensions

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Ykee Benda celebrates changes at UPRS

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Following the suspension of James Wasula the CEO of Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) and Dickson Matovu the Compliance officer musicians have come out to applaud the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).

Yesterday, Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) acting under powers contained in Section 75 of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, 2006 as Uganda’s National Intellectual Property Office and the National Copyright Information Center has suspended two officials of the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS).

Singer Ykee Benda (Wycliff Tugume) took to twitter to celebrate. He wrote: “Thank you URSB for this big step. We as Uganda Music Association (UMA) couldn’t be more proud and grateful…This day will go down in history as the day Ugandan Music was changed forever,” he wrote. 

The suspension of the above officials is to allow for an effective ongoing Inquiry into the Constitution, Workings and Financial Conditions of the Society in accordance with the above provision of the law.

It is also intended that going forward UPRS will handle its affairs within the strict confines of the law, transparently, with good governance standards as well as achieving the objectives of its establishment in the interests of its members and all other stakeholders.

Further, in accordance with the section 75 (4) of the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act 2006, independent professional caretakers, Kabiito Karamagi and  Rita Baguma Birungi of Ligomarc Advocates have been appointed in consultation and with the cooperation of the Board of Directors of the Society to temporarily oversee the management of UPRS.

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