Sometimes an artiste has to take a stance that can either tarnish his image or varnish it.
Bien Aime Baraza just did that this morning after making a controversial post on his Instagram page.
The artiste came out to call out politician Raila Odinga after it was reported that the ODM party leader had gone to Dubai for surgery.
Bein posed a rhetorical question to Kenyans, comparing the gap that exists between the common Mwananchi and influential leaders who can fly outside the country for specialized treatment any time.
His caption read;
Bien’s statement comes hours after Oburu Odinga who is the spokesman for the Odinga family confirmed that the former Prime Minister had flown to Dubai for a minor surgery.
The post was met with mixed reactions. Raila (as many other politicians), is a darling to many Kenyans and can do no wrong and many asked the singer to focus on his music while others agreed with his general sentiment.
Some of the comments are below;
ritzkotut But you went to SA to shoot your videos and we have producers here? What’s your point? Decry police brutality, poor governance and push for better healthcare, don’t always look for a scapegoat for the poor choices Kenyans make at the ballot.
a.l.v.i.n.___ I hope one day y’all will start blaming your government for your problems, and stop blaming private citizens aka “rich men” for public problems. The government (aka the president) collects your taxes, not rich men.
valrain Start using local producers, talents and creatives as well. Shoot your videos in Kenya. Hire Kenyan models and actors promote from within as well. Empower locals too. Ya’ll are always in SA taking money there instead if using it at home where it is most needed.
kizazimavazi Very bold statement but true.. it takes balls to speak your truth freely.
owuorlorna “The rich man” has nothing to do with police brutality whatsoever.. Gwachana na baba priss. Hiyo lesson iko Civics form 3:)
esalimba_brian What else should we expect we voted for the wrong leaders and tolerate the imputy so accept whatever happens till 2022.
kijanayamungu Wachana na baba wewe.
theeventskahuna So sad 😞
dennis_nk Situation imekuwa chafu kwa ground. Kweli Kenya has two tribes the haves and the have nots😢
_creisy The kenya we live in today😢,,,it’s time for a revolution
cherotich_ramadhan Bitter truth
psalms91guy The game is always fixed bro..they will always win and the other team will always lose..we are our own cheerleaders.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to entertainers speaking about politics; They are either urged to totally abstain from the process or they are encouraged to use their platforms for change.
Bob Marley is an example of a musician who used his music to speak about social and political ills, while Michael Jordan is the direct contrast-a sportsman who has abstained from making political statements.