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MP Jaguar: I did not ignore Eric Omondi in Parliament

He called for consultations, not marching to Parliament

In Summary

• Jaguar said he supports Eric's agenda but the comedian used the wrong approach

Comedian Eric Omondi with MP Jaguar
Comedian Eric Omondi with MP Jaguar
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Starehe MP Charles Jaguar supports comedian Eric Omondi's agenda in his bid to push for 75 per cent airplay of local content on Kenyan media.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Jaguar said he agrees with Eric's agenda but the comedian used the wrong approach for his noble proposal to be adopted by Parliament and entrenched into law.

"I support whatever my brother Eric is pushing and his agenda. It is a fight we have been having for the longest time. But I think the route Eric is taking is not the right one," Jaguar said.

He explained that he had talked to Omondi a week before and agreed to work together amicably in highlighting it and getting it to Parliament. "I had a meeting with Eric a week ago and we had agreed we will have a stakeholder meeting so we can come up with the right proposal that will help artistes and push for the airplay."

Jaguar then advised Kenyan musicians to adapt to the changing scenes in the industry, adding that his music lost popularity after Sauti Sol started hitting.

"There was a time I was an A-lister in Kenya, then after some time, I realised Sauti Sol have defeated me. Why did I accept? I even stopped singing because I saw the competition from Sauti Sol, I cannot compete with them. And there was a time I used to advise Sauti Sol," he said.

"When I released 'One Centimetre', they released 'Sura yako'. I tried to catch up by doing a remix with Iyanya, they did a remix, too and finished me," he said.

He acknowledged that he cannot match the top musicians in Kenya right now. "Even today I cannot compete with Otile Brown."

"I used to attend Nameless and Jua Cali concerts, that time they were big. When I released 'Kigeugeu', I became top. So you either rebrand yourself or leave it. When I saw something else I can do, I decided to join politics."

Eric Omondi was on Tuesday arrested after he tried to stage a demonstration outside Parliament in a bid to push for 75 per cent airplay for local content on Kenyan media. He was later released.