Election Anniversary: Lesson From Ben Githae

  • Gospel musician Ben Githae sing a song to praise Jubilee Party in 2017
    Gospel musician Ben Githae campaigns for Jubilee Party in August 2017
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  • Three years ago on August 8, 2017, Kenyans in their millions queued in their respective polling stations to cast their votes.

    Though the presidential election was nullified by the Supreme Court, President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner in the repeat election of October 26.

    One  of the most notable elements of President Uhuru Kenyatta's cmpaign was a rally song titled Tano Tena by gospel musician Ben Githae

    Gospel artist Ben Githae pictured with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at State House, Nairobi in 2017
    Gospel artist Ben Githae pictured with President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto at State House, Nairobi in 2017

    When Uhuru's win was nullified, the artist repurposed the song to Wembe Ni Ule Ule, to mean that the president would floor his rival Raila Odinga just as the August 8 poll results had indicated. 

    In a recent interview, Githae stated that he had been criticised by many Kenyans who accused him of misleading them to support Uhuru.

    “I would like to ask my critics this, how daft were you such that a simple man like me from Gatundu could make you support someone blindly? The next time you think I am misleading you do not follow me, however ,I was not misleading you.

    “If another person comes along and you follow them blindly too, will you also cry that they deceived you? If you do, we will know the problem is you and not me. I can’t believe you think a man like me could have confused all of you to vote carelessly in the name of Tano Tena. What is Tano Tena? Didn’t you think before voting?” he wondered. 

    The musician advised Kenyans to think soberly and to make informed decisions in the next General Election.

    Githae also poured water on rumours that he was contracted by Jubilee to produce the song. 

    He explained that he composed the song so that he could have a song to perform when booked for a gig.

    The song later took on a life of its own and went viral until Kenyatta’s campaign planners heard of it and decided to adopt it.

    However, he let it slip that despite being lucky to have the song go viral, President Kenyatta gave him a token of appreciation for it.

    Speaking about the performance of President Kenyatta in the second term, he explained that the same way a person wouldn't abuse their father, he wouldn't want to disrespect the president.

    He added that he was optimistic that Kenya would develop in leaps and bounds in the remainder of Uhuru’s term.

    Watch Ben Githae blasting his critics