Musicians split over John Nzenze burial funds

Twist legend John Nzenze. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

What you need to know:

  • One group says Sh300,000 was raised but officials put the figure at Sh60,000.
  • It has also emerged that the fight over the contributions, three months after the burial of the twist legend, could be linked to the MCSK national elections slated for next year.

Just how much was raised by musicians towards twist legend John Nzenze’s funeral and what amount did his family get?

This questions have caused sharp divisions in the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) western chapter.

One group says Sh300,000 was raised but officials put the figure at Sh60,000.

It has also emerged that the fight over the contributions, three months after the burial of the twist legend, could be linked to the MCSK national elections slated for next year.

Nzenze died of cancer at St Elizabeth Hospital, Mukumu on May 30.

He was buried at his Kaptech home, Vihiga County, on June 13.

During the burial, family members said MCSK only provided a hearse and coffin, leaving them to meet funeral costs since the medical bill was settled by the National Hospital Insurance Fund.

A group of musicians, led by Mr Emmanuel Musindi, is demanding that the society explains how the “Sh300,000” was spent.

The benevolent kitty was chaired by MCSK western chapter chairman Silvanus Opaka, popularly known as Sila wa Sila.

Mr Musindi who is based in Kakamega, has intensified calls for the resignation of Mr Opaka’s group.

The MCSK chapter has an estimated 300 members.

“The leadership of MCSK has kept us in the dark on the matter,” Mr Musindi said.

Mr Opaka said some musicians “are not happy with my growing popularity”.

“MCSK does not raise funds for funerals. It is members who mobilise collections through welfare teams,” he said.

“The MCSK elections are usually very charged. This is an agenda that is being driven by some populists.”