MCAs give Matiang’i ultimatum on controversial Ikamba song


MCAs give Matiang'i ultimatum on controversial Ikamba song

In Summary

  • The song's lyrics query what the Kamba community will eat when the mango season will be over with the the the duo further suggesting they will feed on dogs and wild birds.
  • In the petition, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu were greatly viewed as allegedly fueling tribal animosity against Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.

By Kelvin Silu

The Makueni County Assembly on Wednesday passed a motion petitioning the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Senate to take immediate action against two Kikuyu musicians behind a hateful song.

According to Majority Leader Kyalo Mumo, who moved the motion, producer Davinaz Pictures and the artistes – Isaiah and Waharaka – composed the song Ikamba with an aim of causing ethnic animosity and excite tribal bigotry between the Kikuyu and Kamba communities.

On his part, Nominated MCA Mbula Mutula alleged that the two artistes were being used by top political leaders to gain political mileage, adding that the community would instead register their bitterness the hard way.

“If immediate action is not taken, we will close Mombasa-Nairobi highway and send our message in the depraved way,” said Ms. Mutula.

In the petition, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu were greatly viewed as allegedly fueling tribal animosity against Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu.

“Waititu’s Facebook account speaks volumes, he has called for the two artistes to rush to court and obtain a court order to stop them from being arrested,” noted Makindu MCA Alfred Kituku.

The song, which was played in the Assembly chambers, has lyrics querying what the Kamba community will eat when the mango season is over with the the the duo further suggesting they will feed on dogs and wild birds.

The MCAs ordered for the immediate pulling down of the said music video from YouTube and called for the arrest and prosecution of the artistes for stirring ethnic hatred and spewing scorn to the whole community with no justifiable cause.

The MCAs have since issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the relevant authorities to act on the matter.

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