End of An Era & New Dawn at KAMP

Until September 2014, the leadership of collective management organisations (CMOs) was almost entirely female (with the exception of MCSK). However one interesting feature about the Chief Executive Officers/General Managers of all four CMOs in Kenya was that they were all trained lawyers.

This month, things have changed.

The Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) has announced the appointment of a new General Manager (GM) to replace out-going GM, Ms. June Gachui (featured above).

The new GM is Mr. Clifford Wefwafwa Mabele who holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi and a BSc. in International Business from USIU-Africa. His work experience includes positions at Roberts Communications, British American Tobacco (BAT) and Nzoia Sugar Company. His expertise is in Sales and Marketing.

Mabele’s stay at Nzoia Sugar appears to have been tumultous with media reports (see here) indicating that he was suspended by the company along with four senior managers. The media report reads in part:

“Five top managers of Nzoia Sugar Company have been suspended. Patrick Murambi (human resource), Munoko Maurice (harvesting), Godfrey Wanyonyi (finance), Wanyonyi’s deputy Charles Mokaya and marketing manager Clifford Mabele were suspended. (…) Speaking to the Star yesterday, the company’s public relations manager, Joseph Kawa (….) Mabele was suspended for giving out tonnes of sugar to companies and individuals close to him that did not pay up. His case is pending in court.”

Nonetheless it appears that KAMP has decided that Mabele, a non-lawyer with no apparent experience in the music and entertainment industry, is the right man to steer the CMO in charge of representing the powerful record labels and owners of sound recordings.

As for former GM June Gachui, she has already established a name for herself in legal, media and entertainment circles. June runs a successful IP consultancy firm, JGIP Consultants (check out JGIP’s swanky website here). Aside from her IP firm, June is already a household name as a singer, actress and emcee in Kenya (check out June’s personal website here).

Here’s to new beginnings!

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