John De’Mathew asked Kenyans to support creation of Prime Minister’s position moments before death
Felix adhekoyibo.|Aug. 20, 2019
- Benga star said PM’s position would belong to all Kenyans and would promote inclusivity
-He made known his desire to see Kenyans co-exist peacefully regardless of their ethnic
-The icon also advised upcoming musicians to be humble if they were to succeed in the
-He widely used his many musical tours this year to preach the need for peace and unity to his fans
Shortly before his death on Sunday, August 18, Kikuyu benga musician John De Mathew made remarks that emphasized the need for a referendum and the significance of creating a Prime Minister’s position in the country.
In what would fatefully turn out to be some of his last words under the sun, De Mathew also articulated his deep desire to see Kenyans co-exist peacefully, regardless of their ethnic backgrounds.
Speaking during an interview in the sidelines of a fundraiser held in Gatanga in support of fellow musician Peter Kigia’s ailing daughter, the icon advised upcoming musicians to be humble and cooperative if they were to succeed in the industry.
But he then suddenly shifted gears to national leadership and the looming referendum, advising Kenyans not to be misled to believe that the possible creation of a Prime Minister’s position was meant to benefit opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The musician explained that the creation of a Prime Minister’s position will be critical as part of a new system in Kenya that will promote cohesion.
The benga legend stated everyone stood a chance of benefiting from the amendments and the interpretation should not be skewed to one person.
De Mathew stressed that Kenya will enjoy great stability as a result of peace emanating from inclusivity.
The benga maestro was perhaps concerned by politicians who have been doing rounds preaching
against a mooted referendum that is expected to address deep-rooted problems that have been affecting the country.
Notably, some politicians are increasingly invoking Raila’s name in their campaigns, dismissing the Building Bridges Initiative as a selfish mission with the sole intention of making Raila the premier.
Markedly, this was not the first time De Mathew was preaching peace during his outings. During a series of musical tours he held this year, addresses to his fans would never be complete without a message on peace and unity.
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