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Youth in Kenya set to profit extremely after this major event
By Nicholas Awuor | Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 11:54 EAT
Charles 'Jaguar' Kanyi receives his certificate

Youth in Kenya should be proud of Charles 'Jaguar' Kanyi and John Kiarie after the won MP seats for Starehe and Dagoretti South respectively

Both Jaguar and KJ were artists, one producing and appearing in music videos while the other was an actor during Daniel arap Mo's regime

Finally, calm is being witnessed in several parts of the country after a bruising election that saw the return of President Uhuru Kenyatta who beat his age-old political nemesis, Raila Odinga, of the National Super Alliance (NASA).

NASA has contested the outcome and vowed to expose what they have termed "computer-generated" results.

However, far from the madding crowds of cheers and jeers against or for the two leading politicians, a salient event occurred that is yet to receive its deserved prominence. Youths got a massive boost through the election of John "KJ" Kiarie and Charles 'Jaguar' Njagua.

Kiarie is the new MP for Dagoretti South while Njagua will represent Starehe in the National Assembly. Both are key figures in Kenya's entertainment industry.

Kiarie was once part of Redykyulass, the first performing troupe that satirised the KANU regime with rib-cracking jokes complete with exaggerated costumes and dance styles mimicking retired President Daniel arap Moi.

It is therefore historically sound to say that KJ among others like Nyambane (Walter Mongare) and Mdomo Baggy (Maurice Ochieng) helped to expand the democratic space when it was risky to do so.

Consequently, his win is not confined to the people of Dagoretti but exptends to all Kenyan youths using art to challenge the status quo. I hope he does not disappoint. On the other hand, musician Jaguar has been instrumental in churning out hits that resonate with youthful aspirations such as 'Huu Mwaka', 'Kioo' and 'Kigeueu.'

Both KJ and Jaguar must avoid the NASA-Jubilee wars that are threatening to derail the country's progress and continue uniting youths through art.

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