Gachagua Shames Ben Githae For Misleading Raila

Gachagua blamed Githae and a section of other musicians from the region for dumping their natives to chase wild dreams...

Gachagua Shames Ben Githae For Misleading Raila
A collage of Ben Githae and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. /VIRALTEAKE

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua accused legendary musician Ben Githae of selling Azimio la Umoja coalition leader, Raila Odinga, false dreams of conquering the Mt Kenya region during the August 9 polls.

Speaking on Monday, January 23, during the burial of Trade CS Moses Kuria’s sister Pauline Nyokabi in Gatundu South Kiambu County, Gachagua blamed Githae and a section of other musicians from the region for dumping their natives to chase wild dreams sold by the coalition.

The DP told the Tano Tena hitmaker to sing according to his real identity and not to fill the opposition with dreams of conquering a region that he had failed to conquer in past election seasons.

Musician Ben Githae during a past performance. /YOUTUBE

"When things were very difficult, all musicians; gospel and secular from this region abandoned us for money. But these young men stood for what they believed in.

"I want to tell you, Ben Githae, next time, sing what you believe in from your heart. It was you that lied to Raila that he could climb the mountain, yet it belonged to us. You must apologise for that; you're among the group that misled the old man that he has climbed the mountain," Gachagua addressed.

During the same burial, Githae had officially declared that he joined the Kenya Kwanza government at the expense of the Azimio la Umoja coalition, further disclosing that he learnt of President William Ruto's visit through Kuria.

“I visited Moses Kuria on Friday and learnt about your visit. I wondered whether to attend the burial or not. But I had to swallow my pride and come face you.

"When things go bad the only option is to move forward. I am here now, I have left them. I met Kiambu Woman Representative Anne Wamuratha and she asked me why I did not attend today's Kamukunji rally. I told her this is where I belong,” he announced.

He recalled Ruto's speech where he stated that his government belongs to the whole nation, using it as an example to describe how he was like a prodigal son who abandoned his people but was ready to be accepted back. 

“You went to Nyanza and stated 99% did not vote for you and called them for a talk and in your house, I believe you have many mansions. We are only 20% who did not vote for you. Will it really be difficult for you to have a talk with us?” he noted.

During a past interview, Githae disclosed how his friendship with former President Uhuru Kenyatta led to the birth of an unlikely alliance which saw him develop a campaign song for the Jubilee Party in 2017, which President Ruto was a part of as the Deputy President.

"My friendship with Uhuru Kenyatta began way back in 2011 during this trip to the Hague. Back then, Kenyatta and his team would use my song 'Mabataro' (My needs) and that's when our relationship started.

"Fast forward to 2017, Kenyatta tasked his team to sit down with me and craft the 2017 election anthem. In fact, I met the then-president at State House Nakuru, and later met with his men who now incorporated me into the 'Mbele Iko Sawa' faction, led by Moses Kuria," he stated.

Githae then found himself in good books with Raila, but was only going to rework his campaign song if Uhuru had endorsed him for the presidency, which he eventually did, leading to the remixed version of Tano Tena for the Azimio coalition.

A screen grab from Ben Githae's Tano Tena song which was remixed to Wembe ni Ule Ule in 2017. /DAILY NATION