President Uhuru Kenyatta recently announced that artists in the country would be receiving Ksh 100 million as royalties!
The news spread like wild fire on social media as online users couldn’t believe that the president chose to allocate the money to artists; and not the less fortunate suffering now that most are out of work due to the COVID – 19.
Seeing how negative people were reacting towards the money given to artists, actress Catherine Kamau decided to step in and defend herself and the many artists from Kenya. Through her Instagram page the lady went on to write saying;
Why is there so much bile about this ? Please make me understand. I know so many artistes who are almost sleeping hungry or houses closed because of this pandemic , yet still you turn on your radio or tv and they put a smile on your face 😔! AMA labda wewe si wa locals (as the bourgeoisie say ) Mimi Niko Sawa and I thank God and will continue to Entertain , but najua wengi wanahitaji this help . Let’s be human . Thank you my president @ukenyatta God bless you 🙏🏿…
Government paying its debt to artists
In another post the lady went on to acknowledge that indeed there were better things to do with the money; however the Ksh 100 million was part of the debt the government owed the artists.
She went on to say;
1. I have been made to UNDERSTAND that the bile is About PRIORITIES and not ARTISTES getting paid their Dues .2. PLEASE NOTE: an ARTISTE is not only the performers you see on social media or any other media . We have MILLIONS of them in this country and most of them are not as privileged as you may think.
3. Part of this fund is actually money OWED
to Kenyan artistes as ROYALTIES.
That being said I hope the Fund gets to all deserving artistes!! I also hope the government will equip all departments involved in fighting this pandemic with adequate funds . In short @ukenyatta we all deserve to feel include .
I will continue to play my part in my community which has been To educate on the fight against covid 19 and to also give to my brothers and sisters . My Apologies if the post came out as insensitive.
This too shall pass , Stay safe 🙏🏿
This morning she however apologized and thanked everyone who helped her understand the situation out here for most Kenyans still trying to adjust to the new lifestyle.
Mama K went on to lastly say;
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Thanks to everybody reaching out , Weeh that was a looong day ! Thanks to each one of you who explained their views and opinions without necessarily being insulting. Focusing all my energy towards the work my team and I have been doing in my community . Haya twende kazi lets FIGHT this thing together. Thank you .
August 16, 2022