Hot news today coming out of the Kenyan High Court, as Chief Justice David Maraga is set to form a ‘bench to hear’ petition regarding ownership of one of the best songs on the Inception soundtrack: track 7, entitled ‘Mombasa.’
The county and national governments of Kenya have both claimed ownership of the song, with the national government arguing there is a strong public interest in Kenya as a nation having broad ownership over the compelling Hans Zimmer track, whilst county governments are quick to point out the port of Mombasa, on which the song is based, is firmly in their jurisdiction.
The song Mombasa, whilst not employing 7000 people, is an important touchstone for those who are a fan of Christopher Nolan’s compelling blend of sci-fi action and intellectual rhapsodizing. Certainly this case will be followed with keen interest.
Explanation below, for those who aren’t well caught up with current Kenyan news.
Chief Justice David Maraga is set to form a bench to hear petition seeking to place Mombasa port under county government after High Court referred the matter to him. The case has the potential to shake up the relationship between counties and national governments over the control of key economic institutions. Should the petition succeed, the county government of Mombasa would take over management and operations of the port, which employs 7,000 people and generated Sh38 billion in revenue last year from handling goods traded between East Africa, the Great Lakes region and the rest of the world.