Makueni Members of County Assembly petition the government to arrest musicians
Makueni Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have passed a motion petitioning the government to arrest and immediately prosecute artists for playing a song titled “Ikamba” that has caused uproar in the social media and Kamba community.
The MCAs particularly petitioned the Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i, NCIC Chairman, Francis Ole Kaparo and Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to take quick and decisive action to avert growing animosity between the Kamba and Kikuyu communities, further being fueled by the song.
The motion that was introduced in the assembly by the Majority Leader, Kyalo Mumo, said that the producer Davinaz Pictures and the artist, Isaiah FT Waharaka should be arrested.
The MCAs who adjourned afternoon engagements at the assembly to discuss the motion, lamented that the video circulating in the social media may excite tribal bigotry between the members of the Kikuyu and Kamba communities.
“The song should be banned. The message is directed to the whole of Kamba community and purports that they only feed on mangoes and once season is over, they will resort to feeding on dogs,” lamented Mumo the county assembly majority leader.
The majority leader further said that the Kamba community should be respected, adding that the artists were being used by powerful individuals from central Kenya.
On her part, the nominated MCA, Mbula Mutula, observed that the lyrics in the song was a mockery to female leaders and asked the government to prosecute the perpetrators of tribal animosity immediately.
Mutula warned that they will close Mombasa road if the government does not take urgent action to avert the brewing crisis between the two communities.
“If immediate action is not taken within 48 hours, we will demonstrate and close Mombasa – Nairobi highway to send our message to the government,” warned Mutula.
During the debate, the MCAs accused Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria and Kiambu Governor, Ferdinand Waititu of fueling tribal animosity, particularly against the Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.
“Waititu’s facebook account speaks a lot, he has asked the two artists to run to court and obtain a court order to stop their arrest,” posed Makindu ward MCA Alfred Kituku
Earlier on, there was heated debate in the county assembly that the speaker, Douglas Mbilu had to interject to ask some MCAs to withdraw some remarks that he felt were offending.
The song was released on Sunday and the Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior has written a letter to NCIC chairman, Francis Kaparo and other government agencies to take action on the composers of this song.
By Patrick Nyakundi