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Fraudsters target music, movie vendors

29 January 2014, 16:09 Wilshere

Nakuru - Music and movie vendors in Nakuru town have decried harassment by a group of men claiming to be officials from Music Copy Society of Kenya (MCSK).  

The vendors said that they are normally forced to part with KES 10,000 or risk arrest by AP police officers who usually accompany the men.

According to Patrick Keter, a movie vendor who spoke with the media on Wednesday, the group normally patrols the town using a Probox car whose registration number is KBN 793U.

He said the curtail had also developed a routine of conducting patrols only on Fridays which compels the vendors to give out the money quickly for fear of spending a weekend in the cell.     

Keter said they have tried raising the matter with the local authority on several occasions but nothing has been done so far.

When conducted on phone over the matter, the MCSK director in Rift Valley, Bernard Mukaisi said the group which was extorting money from the vendors was not MCSK.

Mukaisi said all MCSK officers have name tags and that they normally patrol using a van with a sticker of MCSK and not personal cars.

“They must be con men masquerading as our officials because we don’t even own a Probox,” said the MCSK director.

He further urged the public not to give any money to the men and asked that all license fees be made at the official head offices in each town.

Mukaisi said they have not authorized any police officers or musicians to be collecting money on behalf of the MCSK.

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