President Uhuru Kenyatta directs the ICT Ministry to meet with music industry stakeholders to resolve rights issues bedeviling creatives.

Speaking at State House Mombasa on Tuesday, President Kenyatta directed the ICT ministry to deal breach of copyright rights in the music industry adding that platforms such as Skiza tunes n viusasa should be eliminated.

Skiza tunes & Viu Sasa to be eliminated- Uhuru Kenyatta
Skiza tunes & Viu Sasa to be eliminated- Uhuru Kenyatta

"Content Service Providers platforms such as Skiza and ViuSasa should be eliminated... all royalties for local content producers to be channeled through one channel," the President said.

Artists’ revenue collection

The Head of State noted that the new system of payment of royalties will help raise revenue for artists from Ksh200 million to Ksh2 billion.

The President said an agreement was reached to have all artists’ revenue collection done by one agency mandated to pay the entertainers after pooling all royalties.

Skiza tunes & Viu Sasa to be eliminated- Uhuru Kenyatta
Skiza tunes & Viu Sasa to be eliminated- Uhuru Kenyatta

Content service providers will be required to channel all payments of royalties through a single centrally-managed account at the national copyright board, and this will enable oversight by the regulator, and ensure that collection and distribution accounts are easily auditable,” he said.