I am sorry to my children, gospel singer Bahati speaks out after a month of silence
Gospel singer Kevin Kioko, better known as Bahati, has come back into the limelight after a three-week hiatus, following threats he allegedly received from undisclosed persons within Kenya’s lucrative gospel industry.
For the last 21 days, he stayed away from the public limelight. Speaking to Citizen Digital, the Barua singer said he had gone to his village in Makueni to introspect, fast and pray.
While taking time for spiritual nourishment and soul-searching is not something that he regrets, Bahati is sorry that this took him away from his children: Rose, Purity and Morgan.
“Sorry to my daughter (Rose) in school. I could not answer calls at such a time because I have always spoken hope to you, but that’s what I didn’t have at this time of pain. Remind Morgan and Purity that I am okay and I love them,” said Bahati.
Nonetheless, the Barua star says he cares for his children – and would do anything he could to ensure they live a comfortable life.
“I have seen poverty and I know how it feels sleeping on an empty stomach. That’s why I can’t stand to see my people go through the same pain. Yes. I don’t have enough. I’m still young, still got a life to build, still struggling to get there…but because I know what poverty means, I still share the little with you my people,” he added.
The multi-award winning gospel sensation has dispelled claims that he adopted his children to gain publicity. He says he chose to take them in because he needed to give back, especially after the hardship he faced when he was young.
“That hard life taught me to share, giving even when it’s not enough. But hurts to see it getting twisted every time God sends me to help the people He’s put into my life. For the Past 21days I have shed silent tears from a heavy heart. I can’t believe that what I do for the sake of love is what they use to fight my calling,” expressed Bahati.
Through this trying time, Bahati has learned the importance of silence: “Yes, I have learned to be quiet. God told me ‘Son, be still and focus on what I called you to do.’ But, I am human too. I chose my silence when I heard Morgan ask me ‘Daddy mbona wanasema sisi sio watoto wako?’”
All this pressure drove the Machozi singer to tears.
“For a moment I shed a tear in front of my son thinking is it really worth doing all I do? I know many of you here are parents kindly tell me this… Is it really worth committing your lifetime to adopt a child to seek sympathy?” posed a solemn Bahati.
Is it really worth paying all this tuition, medical bills and upkeep because of a name? Why then do they go to an extent of using my innocent kids as a way of bringing me down? Only I and my angels know how we survive. They are the only people who can tell you Bahati struggles to his level best to make sure there’s something on the table,” he said emotionally.
Bahati adds he has been running a hospital which he has kept as a top secret.
“For the last year and half I have been running a hospital to help parents of kids living with disability around the slums of Kayole – but have I spoken about it? Have I ever posted screen shots of how much I pay doctors monthly? Have I ever asked anyone for sponsorship? Then why is this happening to me?” he posed.
The acrimony he received drove him away from the public, Bahati says.
“In pain, I just took time off to ask God if this is worth my pain and He just made me realise this is just the beginning; my work has not yet started,” he said, adding he has not quit music as sections of media reported. “I am still here to do what God called me to do; I am still here to fight for what I believe in.”
Speaking in an interview with Radio Maisha on Friday morning, Bahati said he did not want to respond to his critics, so he decided to ‘hibernate’.
“I am new and young in the industry; I don’t have enough experience I would use to react to negative energy from critics. I have never faced such a challenge; I was clueless. Everything that was being rumoured about me was false. There’s no month in my life I consulted God like I did in January,” Bahati said.
The singer has released a new song Itakuwa Sawa which mirrors his life through challenges.
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