Kikuyu musician Muigai Wa Njoroge summoned over controversial ‘Ino Migunda’ song


Kikuyu musician Muigai Wa Njoroge summoned over controversial 'Ino Migunda' song

In Summary

  • Kikuyu Benga musician Muigai wa Njoroge has been summoned to appear before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission following the release of his controversial single "ino Migunda".
  • A letter drafted and delivered to the musician notes that some lyrics in the song have been calculated to be 'threatening and insulting' and likely to affect the harmonious existence of Kenyan communities.
  • The musician who is known for his hard-hitting numbers has been asked to appear before the commission on June 26 at their upper hill office.

Kikuyu Benga musician Muigai wa Njoroge has been summoned to appear before the National Cohesion and Integration Commission following the release of his controversial single “ino Migunda”.

A letter drafted and delivered to the musician notes that some lyrics in the song have been calculated to be ‘threatening and insulting’ and likely to affect the harmonious existence of Kenyan communities.

The musician who is known for his hard-hitting numbers has been asked to appear before the commission on June 26 at their Upper Hill office.

“Take notice that pursuant to section 29 of the NCI act, summons issued by the commission must be obeyed as if such summons were issued by the High Court,” the letter reads.

The commission further noted that the musician will be cited for contempt of court should he fail to appear on the said date.

The song which was released in June and which has garnered over 600,000 views highlights what the musician terms as the oppression of the poor by those in power.

In the song, the musician says that Kenyan freedom fighters fought so that Kenyans could have land, but the land has in return been grabbed by a selfish few.

Further, the song tackles the issue of Kenyan political dynasties, noting that the lineage of “oppressors and those who inherit power’ will soon come to an end.

“There will come a time when the common man will not tolerate your oppression anymore,” he sings in part.

At the same time he condemns the recent demolitions in Kariobangi saying they were wrongly executed especially during the pandemic.

“Despite Coronavirus and heavy rainfall you demolished the houses of the poor. Was it that urgent?

“Couldn’t the project wait? Some deeds are beyond the devil’s imagination,” he sings.

Further, Muigai in the song appears to say the son of a peasant might be the solution that Kenya needs.

In one of the lines, he claims that some forces fixated on power were tarnishing a local politician’s name including distributing poisoned food to to scuttle his food-distribution drive.

“You tarnished the name of the peasant’s son and even went ahead to poison your people…you value power more than our lives,”

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