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Singer Richard Kaweesa Sues Museveni Over Song

Ugandan artist and music composer Richard Kawesa has dragged President Yoweri Museveni to the Commercial Court accusing him of stealing his song.

In the suit filed through his lawyers of Muwema and Company Advocates, Kaweesa claims he is the author and producer of Museveni’s 2010 campaign song “Another Rap,” which he says he produced by infusing and improving from a few Kinyakore words that were contained in the president’s speech of 9th/October 2010 at State house.

Kawesa accuses President Museveni of unlawfully registering and acquiring copy right on his musical works without seeking his permission

Along the president, Kaweesa is also suing the Uganda Registration Services Bureau for failing to carry out due diligence before registering and granting Museveni copyright to the contentious Hip-hop song in 2011.

The singer now wants court to declare that the President infringed on his copy rights and to order the head of state to pay him in monetary terms adequate remuneration from this song which was once a hit both locally and internationally.

He says he attempted to settle out of court with the president, but his efforts were futile.

He wants to be paid a sum of Shs 5.5 billion.

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