On Tuesday, singer Kevin Kioko Bahati alias Bahati and his Manager Lawrence Munyao aka Weezdom testified against former-signee Peter Blessing in a case he was sued for obtaining Sh2, 039, 000 through false pretense while at EMB Records.
Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi, at Milimani law courts, Bahati said Blessing signed a contract to be managed by EMB Record back in 2019, with an agreement that all returns from his music will go back to the label.
The Mama hit-maker went on to accuse Peter Blessing of illegally leaving EMB Records, without honouring the contract he had signed.
“He knelt in front of my car and asked me to help me boost his music career. He told me he could sing and asked for my support. After which I would recoup my investments from his performances and music sales.
I used to pay his rent, bought his clothes and even the food that he ate, I paid for it.
He has been earning through performances and getting other benefits from the music we recorded for him without our knowledge, this has caused us losses because we are yet to recover our expenditures on him,” Bahati told the Court.
Testifying against Blessing, Bahati’s manager Weezdom added that EMB records had invested over Sh2 Million on Peter Blessing hoping it would recover the money but he ended up exiting the label prematurely.
Following the Tuesday, hearing the case has now been pushed to February 24, 2021 when an investigation officer will testify before the prosecution closes the case.
In January, Peter Blessing was released on a cash bail of Sh200K, after being sued by Bahati on grounds of obtaining Sh2, 039, 000 through false pretense while at EMB Records.
The charge sheet read; “Peter Munyaru you are charged with obtaining money by false pretense, between the 4th of July 2019 to the 5th day of January 2020 at EMB Records in Nairobi. Obtaining Sh2, 039, 000 from Kevin Kioko by falsely pretending that you were able to produce music videos, with the said EMB records.”
In February, Bahati said that he decided to counter Peter Blessing’s demand letter that had been served to him through his lawyers from Karanja, Mbatiey and Associates Advocates.