Rapper Khaligraph Jones on Sunday August 23 pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to reopen clubs and restaurants so artistes can start earning ahead of his highly anticipated presidential address this afternoon.
Tagging the President’s official Instagram page in his plea, Khaligraph revealed that youths are suffering from depression.
Uhuru announced all bars would be closed indefinitely in his last address on July 27 to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The President also banned the sale of alcohol in restaurants and eateries for 30 days.
According to Khaligraph, this has heavily impacted artistes’ income, given most rely on performances to survive.
“Kindly on behalf of the creative industry of Kenya, we are requesting you allow us to get back to work, allow for the reopening of clubs and restaurants, measures and precautions shall be taken to ensure COVID-19 doesn’t spread further,” he wrote.
“The youth are suffering from depression in silence. Kindly look into this matter. Also, some of our hits songs are going to waste. People want to see Femi One and Mejja perform ‘Utawezana’.”
He then shared a photo of Raila Jr, urging him to talk to his father Raila Odinga.
“@railajunior1 Gathee ebu bonga na mzae wako Mr Agwambo Raila Amolo Odinga. Mwambie aongee na Uhuru Kenyatta watufungulie country turudi kazi, rada chafu sana, watu wanaumia,” (Talk to your father Mr. Raila Odinga. Tell him to tell Uhuru to open the economy we get back to work. People are hurting) he wrote.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address the nation on Wednesday afternoon August 26, his 11th presidential address since the arrival of COVID-19 in the country in March.
Kenyans expect the President to lift all the COVID-19 containment measures with the number of new infections having reduced exponentially in the past one week.
Top on the expectations of Kenyans will be lifting of the nightime 9PM-4AM curfew which has been in effect for almost six months since March this year.
The President is also expected to give direction on the reopening of nightclubs and entertainment joints.
In April, Uhuru directed the Sports and Culture ministry to set aside Ksh100 million to cushion artistes from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
In May, artistes were asked to submit proposals on artistic production for consideration for the Sh100 stimulus programme.
“All interested artistes, musicians and actors are invited to immediately submit their proposals on artistic productions for consideration by the ministry,” said Culture PS Josephta Mukobe who called for applications.