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Pastor Sempa Joins Kiganda In Denying To Pay Gospel Artistes UPRS Money

Makerere Community Church lead pastor, Martin Sempa has joined his voice with Bishop Kiganda’s in saying that gospel singers shouldn’t be paid as UPRS directed.

Sempa said that God’s work cannot be paid for. He used himself as an example saying that he doesn’t commercialize his sermons and so should the music.

Pastor Sempa further said that there is the ministry and serving in the church and therefore one should look for where they fall. The pastor also praised his fellow pastor Kiganda for fighting for the church.

Sempa said that what Kiganda is trying to do is fight for these artists because even UPRS doesn’t pay them.

He furthermore said the church will devise means to see how they can pay these singers.

“I was informed by pastor Kiganda that UPRS is demanding us to pay these artistes. But this is God’s work they are doing the same as us who preach. I think the artistes should start labelling the music they do for commercialization and that one for praise and worship. There are songs for instance we sing in church, at functions, some artistes have gone ahead to use them. UPRS also has it’s own issues of defaulting the artistes. I think we shall come up with a way on how to pay them,” pastor Sempa said.

He also said that at least these days performers get paid on stage by well-wishers unlike in the past.

A large section of gospel artistes and some pastors have been embroiled in a conflict for some time now. This was after UPRS decreed that everyone including Churches who play these singers music will have to pay them.

The pastors vehemently disagreed with this saying they won’t pay for God’s work.

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