Less than a month after Ugandan singer Bobi Wine won a decisive victory for Kyadondo East and was sworn in as MP, another musician from the East African region has joined Parliament.
Renowned Kenyan musician Charles Njagua, popularly known as Jaguar, is a few inches away from being declared the new MP for Starehe County.
According to results that have so far been recorded by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Jaguar is already in the lead, with over 51 percent.
In fact his opponent rights activist Boniface Mwangi has already conceded defeat.
“The people of Starehe have spoken and l respect their decision. To the Starehe MP-elect, l wish you all the best. God bless you and God bless Kenya,” reads part of the statement Mwangi shared on social media.
The ‘One Centimetre’ and ‘kigeugeu’ hit maker joins a list of celebrated musicians in the region who have become Members of Parliament.
In Uganda musician Judith Babirye won the Buikwe Woman slot in the 2016 elections, while Tanzanian rapper Joseph Haule popularly known as Professor Jay won the Mikumi Constituency parliamentary seat in 2015.
Professor Jay was encouraged to join politics by his close ally and outstanding rapper Jospeh Mbilinyi, aka Mr Sugu, himself is also an MP for Mbeya town.