Singer Willy Paul on Monday asked President Uhuru Kenyatta
to come to the aid of artistes who are suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through a letter on his social media pages, Willy Paul said
the entertainment scene has been badly hit since artistes no longer have events
and are finding it hard to make ends meet.
“The entertainment scene has been hit badly and sadly no one
seems to care about whatever is happening to us... entertainers from other
countries e.g musicians, actors , producers, directors and comedians are
getting help from their governments…here no one is even saying a word.
“The other day you had a press conference and all of us
expected to hear our president’s thoughts on the entertainment scene.
Unfortunately you did not mention a thing,” he wrote.
The artiste added that even established artistes were
feeling the pinch and asked the Head of State to hatch a plan that will help
those in media and arts.
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“We have families that look up to us…right now we’re all home,
not making any money.
“Dear Mr President, I’m just speaking from a musical
perspective, if an established musician can feel the pinch like me, what about
the uprising [sic] who only makes 5000 shillings per gig and they still have to
pay rent and feed their families?
“What about the common #mwananchi who’s
only hope is on mjengo, juakali, watchmen, mama mboga???” he asked.
In recent weeks, the government has asked Kenyans to
practice social distancing to limit the spread of Coronavirus.
All bars and clubs were shut indefinitely and a 7pm-5am
curfew was introduced.
Kenya has now recorded 50 positive cases of the virus and one death has been recorded.