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Arts Association boss Wasula Suspended Over Fraud

Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has suspended officials of the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) over alleged mismanagement of the organisation’s funds, Chimp Corps report.

URSB said the suspension of UPRS Chief Executive Officer Mr James Wasula and Compliance Officer Mr Dickson Matovu 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,” URSB said in a statement on Monday.

URSB said it was 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.

Officials said the inquiry is intended to ensure that URSB gets to the bottom of the issues within the society.

URSB said going forward UPRS will be required to 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. Kabiito Karamagi 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.

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