Uhuru, Ruto mourn John De Mathew

Uhuru, Ruto mourn John De Mathew
File image of Kikuyu Benga musician John Ng'ang'a popularly known as De Mathew. PHOTO| COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and encouragement to the family, relatives, friends and fans of Kikuyu Benga musician John Ng’ang’a popularly known as John De Mathew who died in a road accident last night.

In his condolence message, President Kenyatta described De Mathew as a gifted musician who not only used his talent to entertain but also mentored other upcoming Kenyan musicians.

“As a nation, we were privileged to have had such a brilliant artiste who played a big role in promoting our African cultural heritage through his music. Indeed, we have lost an icon in the music industry. DeMathew championed and played a big role in preserving our cultural heritage,” the President said.

On his part, Deputy President William Ruto described De Mathew as an “artistic, sociable and an eloquent performer,” adding that he mentored many aspiring musicians and campaigned for a platform to empower them.

“Deep condolences to the family, friends and fans of renowned musician John De Mathew. He used his talent to teach us life lessons and convey socio-economic and cultural messages, especially to the youth,” said Ruto.

“De Mathew was a great composer of Kikuyu lyrics, which carried undertones of societal ills, including alcoholism and promoting peace and cohesion in society.”

De Mathew died on Sunday night in a grisly road accident near Blue Post Hotel in Thika.

Confirming the incident, Thika Base Commander Elenah Wamuyu said De Mathew’s car rammed into a lorry near Blue Post Hotel.

The musician was driving alone when the accident occurred.


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