Lawyers of an artiste have written to Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni telling him to pay Shs 5bn for his campaign song dubbed ‘Another Rap’.
Through his lawyers of M/s Muwema and Company Advocates, Kaweesa has requested Museveni to ‘compensate’ him for using his song.
Kaweesa argues that his song helped Museveni win the hearts of many voters, thus accumulating billions of shillings in royalty fees.
“This song also became a popular ringtone which obtained on all mobile telecommunication platforms and enhanced the top of the mind awareness of your brand to the Ugandan populace while making billions of shillings in royalty fees in the process,” Kaweesa writes to Museveni.
“It is the reason we hold that the politico-commercial value and mileage you extracted from the said song is very substantial and indisputable.”
The royalty fees payable to Kaweesa have been estimated at Shs 5bn, according to the artiste’s lawyers.
Close to 10 years after Museveni used the Kaweesa’s song to make his ‘Another Rap or Mp’enkoni’, Kaweesa says he will not be stopping the three-decade president from using the song.
“Our client considers that it would be unfair to take away the copyright ownership of this song from you at this stage and will therefore not be seeking the cancellation of its copyright registration which is in your names unless it becomes necessary,” Kaweesa’s lawyers further write in their notice to Museveni on October 30.