Omar calls for arrest of politicians using songs without paying artiste royalties


Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa senator Hassan Omar Sarai has called upon  law enforcement agencies to arrest campaign convoys playing music without paying artiste royalties to the Performance Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK).

Speaking in Mombasa during presentation of cheque to  PRSK in a function attended by several artistes, Sarai urged artists to vote for good leadership and not elect leaders because they have paid them to produce campaign songs.

The Mombasa gubernatorial candidate promised to work closely with local artistes once elected as Mombasa governor in August poll.

“We will ensure as the county government we create a sector to identify talents and nurture young people in Mombasa.” He added.

He also called upon residents to ensure they buy original work from the artistes as a way of supporting them.

Sarai  who is the secretary general of the Wiper party, now wants all Wiper aspirants to make payments to the performance society of Kenya as required by the law.

He led Mombasa Wiper aspirants to make their payments in an event attended by society board members and  officials Hubert Nakitare aka Nonini and David Mathege aka Nameless.

The law introduced to support artists in the country require presidential aspirants to pay sh 400,000 ,governors  sh 150,000,senators sh 100,000  ,woman representatives and Members of parliament 50,000 while members of county assembly are to pay sh. 12,500.