‘Mt Kenya musicians abandoned us for money when things were very difficult’ – Gachagua
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua strongly castigated musicians from Mt Kenya who didn't align themselves with the Kenya Kwanza coalition during the campaign period last year.
While addressing mourners on Monday, January 23, 2023, in Gatundu during the burial of Pauline Nyokabi the elder sister to Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Investments, Trade and Industry Moses Kuria, the DP slammed Mt Kenya musicians who campaigned for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance coalition in last year's General Election.
Gachagua claimed that all Mt Kenya musicians save for Ngaruiya Junior and Muigai wa Njoroge 'abandoned' Kenya Kwanza for Azimio.
"When things were very difficult, all musicians gospel and secular in this region they abandoned us for money. But this young man and Muigai Njoroge stood for what they believe in," Gachagua said.
The DP further singled out Ben Githae in his tirade, lashing at him while claiming that the musician lied to the 'old man' that he was winning over the hearts of voters in Mt Kenya when he wasn't.
"Mimi nataka kuambia wewe Ben Githae siku ingine sing what you believe in from your heart. Sasa wewe ulikua unaambia huyu mzee atapanda mulima na mulima ni ile ile yetu. Na wewe Githae pia utatubu. You are among the group that misled that mzee that he has climbed the mountain. And I would like to correct you," Gachagua said.
The DP continued lashing at Mt Kenya musicians saying that they thought they could sway public opinion in the region during the election period.
"Your excellency hawa waimbaji wetu, please… what this election taught you, mulikua munafikiria raia ndo wanafuata nyinyi, no. They were only following you when you were singing what they want. Mukafika pahali mukafura kichwa mukafikiria ati nyinyi munaweza peleka raia pahali munataka. No, that's not the case. Your work is to listen to the people and sing what they want then mutakua kwa biashara because mukiimba mambo yenu mufikirie ati raia wanafwatanga nyinyi hapana," Gachagua ranted.