How Uhuru Plans to Honour John De'Mathew

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  • On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta made a promise to honour the late benga musician John De'Mathew in a big way as he was a close friend.

    The president who was speaking to mourners at the funeral service of the late musical genius.

    He requested the area MP to ensure that a road that was being built in the area has to be completed in time and inform him so as to ensure he will be there to unveil it.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William ruto at the funeraln service
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the funeral service

    The head of state then ordered the MP to ensure that the road is named after John DeMathew as a memorial for his deeds for the community.

    The Head of state showered the late musician with praises as he narrated how he kept calling him and requesting him to deal with music piracy in the country.

    He then complimented the late musician's maturity in understanding the country’s political situation thus knowing what to say and at what time.

     Uhuru also ordered ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru who was also present, to ensure that all media houses that seek to renew their licenses had paid musicians for content aired.

    He went on further to promise that a transfer of Kenya's copyright department from the office of the Attorney General to the Ministry of ICT for better monitoring.

    President Uhuru noted that even some telecom companies were guilty of exploiting musicians, by not paying them for their content. Uhuru warned them that their days were also numbered.

    In his tribute to the late benga musician, the president promised to buy equipment worth Ksh10 million, for the sacco that De Mathew chaired in addition to having the road named after him.

    A photo of the late John De'Mathew
    A photo of the late John De'Mathew