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Uganda Performing Rights Society CEO Falls in Corruption trap, Suspended

Mr. James Wasula

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

These persons are the Chief Executive Officer Mr. James Wasula and the Compliance Officer Mr. Dickson Matovu.

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.

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.

Further, in accordance with the section 75 (4) of the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act 2006, independent professional caretakers, Mr. KabiitoKaramagi and Ms. 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. The activities of the Caretakers shall be supervised by URSB and the Members of the Board of UPRS.

During this period, URSB is going to be in constant engagement with all stakeholders and urges them to cooperate with the Caretaker. The regular activities of the Society are expected to continue smoothly and URSB calls upon all stakeholders and Ugandans generally to support this process.

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