cindy sanyu elected vice president of uganda musicians association!

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Cindy Sanyu

by Muthoni Kimani October 2, 2020

Singe actress and female dancehall singer Cindy Sanyu is the new Vice President of Uganda Musicians Association (UMA). Sanyu was voted in by fellow artists after the seat fell vacant following the resignation of UMA president Sophie Gombya in July 2020. Ykee Benda assumed the position from Gombya who quit months into her two-year tenure to run for the position of Lord Woman Councillor in Kampala Central.

Benda congratulated the Ex-Blue 3 singer for the win;

"Cindy is a fighter and strong person. I remember she was among the people that fought for artistes during the Save Uganda music campaign."

Benda noted that plans by the association are on course to unveil Sanyu to the public before she assumes office. Established in 2017 in protest over the handling of artist royalties by the Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS), UMA in June that year petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga. In the petition, UMA accused UPRS of mismanagement, infringement of copyright law and corruption.

"We want him (UPRS boss James Wasula) suspended so that he doesn't interfere with the investigation process like he always does," said UMA spokesperson George Bush Kagoda.

"In the meantime, Uganda Registration Services Bureau can appoint a caretaker as provided under Section 7(4) of the Copyright and Neighboring Act 2006. The Justice Ministry is the line ministry for copyright-based industries and should, therefore, be the one to draw statutory instruments for the regulation of the sector."