The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has issued a stern warning to its members regarding the emergence of a breakaway group known as the “New MUSIGA.” In an official press statement, Acting President Bessa Simons expressed concerns about the formation of this rival union, describing it as a deliberate attempt to sow confusion among MUSIGA’s members.
Citing MUSIGA’s constitution, specifically Article 7.4.1, Simons emphasized that membership in the union is exclusive to professional musicians who are not affiliated with any other rival body of musicians. The press release highlighted the illegitimacy of the “New MUSIGA” and called on all well-meaning musicians to denounce such actions.
Furthermore, Article 7.7 of MUSIGA’s constitution, which addresses conflicts of interest, was quoted to underscore the prohibition against holding membership in any musicians’ union that undermines MUSIGA’s legitimate interests or those of its affiliates.
Acting President Bessa Simons made it clear that any member who joins the breakaway group will automatically forfeit their membership in MUSIGA. This stance serves as a warning to those contemplating aligning themselves with the “New MUSIGA.”
The timing of this press release coincides with MUSIGA’s upcoming elections, set to take place on August 8, 2023. As the union prepares for this important event, it seeks to maintain unity and solidarity among its members, discouraging any attempts to fragment the organization.
MUSIGA’s statement sends a strong message to its members, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the union’s constitution and promoting the collective interests of Ghanaian musicians. By discouraging the formation of rival unions and reaffirming its commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of its members, MUSIGA aims to preserve its integrity and continue advocating for the betterment of the Ghanaian music industry.