Kidum Warns Kenyans With Gunshots Story [VIDEO]

  • Musician Kidum during a past performance
    Musician Kidum during a past performance
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  • Musical legend Kidum has warned Kenyans about letting politicians lead the country down the path of violence.

    In an interview, Kidum stated that he had witnessed first-hand chaos caused by a civil war. 

    He narrated how he watched his brother get shot in the chest and not being able to see him until four years later.

    Watch Kidum narrate the story here.

    "I remember we were home when the rebels attacked the police and they had to retaliate. During the crossfire, my brother was shot in the chest and only realised when we saw him bleeding," he recalled.

    "I tell Kenyans not to think that such violence is only in movies. War is ugly. That bullet went straight through his chest. After that incident we did see each other again until years later because he was taken by medics from the Red Cross and I fled the country [Rwanda]," Kidum added. 

    The Telenovela hitmaker stated that the two reunited in 1999 when he went to Burundi having stayed in Kenya since 1995. 

    The family stayed in Nairobi's Eastleigh area until 2003 when Kidum's brother made plans to travel to Dubai where he has lived since.

    Kidum cautioned Kenyans that while competitive politics are good, unlike a football match, war does not have a definite end and could last years. 

    He also explained that civil chaos strategies don't go according to plan and those who think they have an upper hand and usually suffer the most casualties. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has previously also called upon politicians to tone down temperatures and desist from inciting Kenyans against each other.

    During his most recent rally in Coast, on September 21, he dismissed a section of political leaders saying they were self seekers who cared very little about the wellbeing of the citizens.

    "It is good to desire leadership...but leadership must be about bringing people together. People should come together, love each other and walk the same journey because leadership belongs to the people. When you see leaders throwing words at each other, and abusing others, it is not because they care about wananchi, it is about their interests," the president cautioned. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta with Governor Hassan Joho during a past inspection tour in Mombasa
    President Uhuru Kenyatta with Governor Hassan Joho during a past tour in Mombasa
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