STATEMENT TO MEMBERS OF MCSK AND AFFILIATE SOCIETIES
(ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE CEO, FORMER DIRECTOR AND STAFF)
As you may be aware, our CEO, former Director and two of our staff members have been charged
with several offenses under CR. CASE NO 1904 of 2015.
WE WISH TO CLARIFY THAT THE MUSIC COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF KENYA (MCSK) IS
NOT A COMPLAINANT IN THIS CASE. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS NOT LODGED
ANY COMPLAINT AGAINST ANY OF THE ACCUSED PERSONS.
The CEO is charged with stealing Kshs 25 million from ABC Bank.
This money was deposited in our ABC bank fixed deposit account through a Board resolution and
was then used to pay members royalties. Our Former Director is charged with stealing Kshs 6
million on 30/04/2015.
This money was withdrawn through a board resolution to pay our members transport allowance
during the AGM held in Embu on 30/04/2015.
For those interested in the truth, you will find the evidence against the above charges posted in our
website (www.mcsk.or.ke) on the 17/11/2015, BEFORE the criminal charges were lodged.
A further charge has been made of conspiracy to defraud MCSK off Kshs 27 million.
We have not been supplied with any facts to support this charge and are unaware of this. We wish
to assure our members that we have not been defrauded or lost Kshs 27 million.
The Board members will be available upon request to meet members within the regions on dates
and venue to be agreed and sent via SMS.
We ask for your prayers and support during this trying time for the Society.
CHAIRMAN, BOD, MCSK
Statement to Members
Greetings. I hope you are all well.
By now you must be all aware of the ongoing saga regarding the charging of MCSK Officials in court on allegation of Fraud and theft.
It was also with great shock that we learnt today that MCSK is deemed in some quarters as an unlawful and unlicensed organisation out to fraudulently obtain money from the public collected as royalties!
No doubt you are all aware of our mandate under the law as a collective management organisation and the great strides we’ve made to ensure that we collect as much as is possible for your benefit. We are also alive to the fact that with our great efforts came many envious enemies and wish to alert you that current tribulations facing the organisation and its officials are directly attributable to our achievements at securing lucrative deals on behalf of members more particularly the recent ‘Safaricom Skiza Tune’ deal.
We are alive to the fact that in our securing this deal with Safaricom many interested Third parties outside the mainstream industry were suddenly left with little or fewer options with regard to exploiting your talents for their own benefit like they have been doing for years.
The above has led to all manner of schemes and machinations with the sole aim of dislodging MCSK from its perch as the top CMO in the Region.
We assure you that at all times we continue to act on your behalf and best interest and we request you to maintain your support and trust in us that you have always had.
The evidence against the false allegations can be found here .
BERNARD A. MUKAISI
DATED: 17th November 2015
We are saddened to announce that officials of MCSK in particular the CEO and some of the directors are to be arraigned in court tomorrow charged with various false and malicious offences.
Our position is that these charges are a culmination of a malicious scheme intended to disable or permanently injure the operations of the organization with a further aim of putting the MCSK and its officials into disrepute. This is ultimately with the aim of discrediting the organisation in the eyes of its members, partners, clients, and the public at large.
We have no doubt in our minds that this prosecution is driven by ulterior motives fomented by business rivalry. We are hopeful that the facts will emerge and the truth will be known as to the matters in question and in particular the persons behind this scheme.
We reiterate that all the said officials have acted above board and shall be vindicated and declared innocent of any wrong doing.
We have issued a statement to our members where we have placed all the evidence to show that the allegations are false and actuated by malice. As an example, the CEO is being charged, with others not before the court, with defrauding the public off kshs 800 million by collecting royalties since the year 2013 without a valid license. We have attached a copy of our license and also a letter from the OFFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, Kenya Copyright Board, which confirmed that we are duly licensed. This evidence has been ignored and we are facing charges as a result of our collections since 2013 allegedly estimated at kshs 800 million.
The full statement to our members and evidence against the false allegations can be found in our website www.mcsk.or.ke.