• The DP spoke during the launch of Samidoh Foundation on Thursday night at Parklands Sports Club Nairobi.
• He insisted that artists should shun persons facing integrity issues, including when they make attempts to revive the outlawed Mungiki sect through music functions.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua now wants artistes to lock out people with questionable characters from their events.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua now wants artists to lock out people with questionable characters from their events.
He insisted that artists should shun persons facing integrity issues, including when they make attempts to revive the outlawed Mungiki sect through music functions.
"I want to plead with our artists to be very careful. Do not allow yourselves to be misused and your functions to be hijacked by people of dubious character and bad history. They scare women away from your functions," Gachagua said.
"Please do not be abused by people with questionable character. You know what they did to our youth and what became of our children."
The DP spoke during the launch of Samidoh Foundation on Thursday night at Parklands Sports Club Nairobi.
His remarks come one week after female parliamentarians from Mt Kenya region raised alarm over the resurgence of the illegal group and sanitising of its activities; a move that they said is instilling fear among women.
The charity organization is owned by Kikuyu musician Samuel Muchoki, popularly known as Samidoh.
The Deputy President stated that persons associated with the outlawed group are trying to return to the public through events organised by artists and hijacking the functions to address crowds.
He asked artists to ensure their events are dignified by denying tainted people a platform to speak to the audience.
"They are trying to come back through you (artists) by hijacking the ceremonies.
Leaders and businessmen have started isolating those individuals. We will only appreciate and attend functions where there are women, youth, elders and is dignified seating," Gachagua said.
Recently, the Deputy President warned that the attempt to revive the Mungiki sect will be met with decisive action.
He recalled that at its peak, the outlawed group was known for extortion of business persons, rapes and killings.
In his remarks, the Deputy President further asked artists to embrace a saving culture for a dignified life in future.
"Make hay when the sun shines but also learn to save money because you will not be young forever. When you grow older, you need to have invested your youthful life for the future. Let us pursue talents, make money but also invest because that money will be a blessing to you in old age," he stated.
The Deputy President was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and the Arts Ababu Namwamba, Principal Secretaries Alex Wachira (Energy) and Eng John Mbugua (Transport) and over 10 Members of Parliament and Senators.