Moments before his untimely demise on Sunday evening, Kikuyu benga maestro John De’Mathew, reportedly addressed an issuing regarding ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“As a community (Gikuyu) let us not be lied to that the Prime Minister’s post belongs to Raila Odinga. The post can go to anybody from any tribe in Kenya because it is a national post,” he said.
The musician who was vocal on political issues reportedly called out to members of the Agikuyu community to rally behind the proposed Constitutional amendments.
He was trying to allay the fears that the contentious referendum was meant to secure 2022 positions, and said that it would be a seat to help peace prevail in Kenya.
“The system of governance we are clamoring for will enhance cohesion and that will be effective only if we incorporate a Prime Minister’s position in the Constitution. It is the only way to deal with the ‘winner takes it all’ mentality,” he stated.
This was not the first time he was playing dalliance with politics.
He was arraigned alongside other Kikuyu musicians in July 2012 due to a song, Witueti Hiti (You have turned yourself into a hyena) which was said to fuel hate speech.
Matthew was also heavily involved in the Jubilee campaigns in 2013 and 2017.