Ezekiel Mutua Appointed New Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) CEO

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By Brian Sikulu

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Dr. Ezekiel Mutua has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK).

In a statement released on march 28, 2022, MCSK's Board of Directors named Dr. Mutua as its new CEO effective 25th March. According to MCSK, the former Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) boss emerged top following a competitive recruitment process.

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The Board of Directors explained that the main factor that made Dr. Mutua a perfect fit for the job is his extensive experience in leadership, media, and communications. It listed his achievements from 1994 when he was a trainee editor at Nation Media Group, to 2021 when he was the CEO of KFCB.

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The highlight of his experience was in 2010 when he was awarded the Moran of the order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by retired President Mwai Kibaki.

"The Board of Directors of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS, as its new Chief Executive Officer effective Friday 25th March 2022. Dr. Mutua's appointment follows rigorous competitive interviews in which he emerged top among the candidates who were interviewed," part of the statement from the MCSK Board of Directors read.

Dr. Mutua received the appointment with gratitude and humility, citing that he was happy to rejoin the creative industry. He vowed to promote and defend the rights of musicians adding that he was ready to cooperate with relevant stakeholders in the music industry.

"I have received with profound gratitude my appointment to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK). Happy to rejoin the creative industry, this time not as a regulator, but as a promoter and defender of the rights of musicians," Dr. Ezekiel Mutua tweeted after his appointment.

During his reign as the KFCB boss, Dr. Mutua attracted a lot of attention in the music industry over his strictness in promoting morality. He banned various songs including; the viral 'Wamlambez' from Sailors, Sauti Sol's 'Nishike', Alvindo's 'Taka taka', 'Tetema' from Rayvanny ft Diamond among others.

This strictness created tension between Dr. Ezekiel Mutua and various artists; some of who advocated for his removal as the KFCB boss. Given his controversial stint at KFCB, all eyes are now on the self-declared moral cop as he starts a new journey at MCSK.

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