Presidential Aspirant Decries Intimidation, Asks for Security

  • An image of State House in Nairobi.
    An image of State House in Nairobi.
  • Renowed Gospel musician Reuben Kigame claims he has received threats from an unknown person to drop his presidential bid ahead of the August 9 polls.

    In a TV interview on Monday, February 14 night, the Enda Nasi hitmaker revealed that he received a voice note on his WhatsApp during the wee hours of the night directing him to shelve his political ambitions.

    Kigame stated that he reported the matter to officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who are investigating the matter.

    Musician Reuben Kigame poses for a photo with his wife Julie Kigame

    "Last week I was at the DCI to report a threat that I got through an audio message on my WhatsApp from an anonymous number telling me to drop out of the race because the seat is reserved for certain people.

    "He threatened that if I wanted peace, I needed to drop out of the race. What was staggering is that he stated that the presidency is decided by some dangerous mafia," he stated.

    Additionally, he called on the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and DCI boss George Kinoti to provide him with security stating that all presidential aspirants also needed to be protected by the police.

    “All I can do is turn to the government and its agencies so that they investigate the matter. What they do with it is not my preserve. I can say that they received me very well. They took my phone and scrutinised it for a couple of hours.

    “Mine is to hope that beyond the investigations, presidential candidates can be accorded the security that they need. For me more than others, I consider myself vulnerable.  I would say to Mutyambai and Kinoti that if I have the security early, I will be grateful,” the musician stated.

    Kigame insisted that he would pursue his ambitions despite the recent security scare, further promising one thing to Kenyans if he was elected on August 9 as the country's next president.

    "I promise that the first thing I will do after being sworn in is to sing for you because nothing stops me from doing what I love. Even after I lose or win, this is one thing that I will continue to do," he stated.

    The renowned gospel artist stated the he still awaits a report from the police regarding their investigations. Kigame launched his bid for State House on January 22 at a function in Luanda, Vihiga County.

    "I will be President for all. My priority would be to ask, have they eaten, do they have medicines, do they have jobs? They are first human before anything else," he stated then.

    The Inspector General of the police, Hilary Mutyambai
    The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at a special seating held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26, 2021