Nakuru bar owners and hoteliers vow not to pay music tax.
03 December 2013, 20:59
Nakuru - Bar owners and hoteliers in Nakuru town have vowed not to pay any more taxes to the three music bodies that collect money until January.
The bar owners and hoteliers said that it is not fair to pay three music groups for the same services and that the current economy does not support them to pay so many licenses.
According to Joseph Gichuru, who spoke to the media on Tuesday on behalf of hoteliers and bar owners, he said it is regrettable that the government has not decided among the three groups namely, Music Copyright Society of Kenya, Kenya Producers Association and Music Promoters which body is supposed to be collecting money.
“We have made it very clear that we will no longer continue to pay the three groups our money until the government resolves this matter once and for all,” said Gichru.
Gichuru said they have tried to raise the issue with Kenya Copyright Board to have one music body collecting the fee but they are yet to communicate back.
He said that bar owners from Molo and Njoro have over the years continued to be harassed by the officials from the three copyright groups.
“We have tried holding a meeting with the copyright board who are in charge of these groups but they seem not to be taking any action,” he said.
Gichuru further called on both the hoteliers and bar owners in Nakuru County not to pay anymore music fees until the central government resolves the matter.
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