Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has today suspended Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) chief executive officer Mr James Wasula. The suspension, according to URSB, is to allow for an effective ongoing inquiry into the constitution, workings and financial conditions of the society.
The suspension came hours after URSB accompanied by police raided the offices of UPRS in Kamwokya. UPRS is a collecting society that is mandated to collect royalties on behalf of audio and visual rights owners. It has been collecting money from radio stations and other people who use the music of Ugandan artists, however, artists have been complaining that they haven’t been receiving their dues.
“There have also been a number of complaints from members of the society with allegations of mismanagement of finances and remittance of royalties collected from rights users which URSB would also like to look into critically. This inquiry that URSB has embarked on is intended to ensure that URSB gets to the bottom of the issues within the society. 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,” URSB said.
Also suspended alongside Mr. Wasula is the compliance officer Mr Dickson Matovu. URSB has with immediate effect appointed Mr Kabiito Karamagi and Ms Rita Baguma Birungi of Ligomarc Advocates to temporarily oversee the management of UPRS.