Jumwa emphasized her support for a collaborative approach across government entities to address challenges, but clarified that oversight of CMOs falls within her ministry’s jurisdiction. While she appreciates Kuria’s input, Jumwa noted her ministry’s dedication to enhancing the music sector’s organization and efficiency in the country.
“I like the zeal of my colleague and friend Moses Kuria and in the spirit of one government approach this opinion is valid. However, my ministry through the State Department of Culture, Arts & Heritage is in charge and is working on streamlining the industry,” Jumwa said on X.
“There are ongoing discussions with stakeholders in the industry to streamline it. Once discussions are concluded, the ministry will pronounce itself on the next course of action. Asante.”
Speaking on Sunday, Moses Kuria revealed the government’s intention to propose amendments to the Copyright Act with the aim of establishing a government-operated Collective Management Organisation(CMO). The CS added that copyright fees and royalties will be paid through the e-Citizen platform, just like all other state services.
He noted that once enacted, Kenyan artists will be registered and will have individual accounts where they can also track how much money is collected by the CMO.
“The government is spearheading amendments to the Copyright Act to create a government-run Collective Management Organisation. All music, copyrights and royalties will be paid through E-Citizen,” Kuria said on X.
Aisha Jumwa Fires Back at Kuria: Royalty Collection Issue is in my docket
Aisha Jumwa to Kuria: The issue on royalty collection is in my docket