Celebrities play a very significant role in shaping our society. Because of the influence they have, many people tend to listen to them and that’s why politicians from different countries find them really useful.

Gone are the days when leaders would be elected based on merit, nowadays it’s all about money and popularity. In most countries where youth are the majority, politicians usually pay celebrities to perform at their rallies and publicly declare their party/leader of choice.

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Below are just some of the East African celebrities who made a lot of money for endorsing political parties/leaders.

  1. Wema Sepetu – In 2015, the popular Tanzanian actress went public about her support for the current ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM). Shortly after Magufuli won, Wema Sepetu bought herself a brand new Range Rover 2015 on her birthday. 

2. Diamond Platnumz – Just like Wema, the celebrated Bongo star also campaigned for CCM and even made a song for them. He definitely made severals millions for this.

3. Jaguar – Jaguar publicly declared his support for the Jubilee Coalition during its launch at Uhuru Park in 2013.

A few months later, the Kigeugeu hitmaker was appointed to the NACADA board by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Years later he is a mheshimiwa representing Starehe constituency.

4. Ringtone – Gospel singer Ringtone was one of the few Kenyan gospel celebrities who publicly declared the parties they supported during the 2013 general elections.

After Jubilee got into power, the singer bought a Range Rover and started building a house in Karen. He was quiet after King Kaka unleashed the powerful song titled Wajinga Nyinyi.

5. Jose Chameleone, Juliana Kanyomozi, King Saha, Radio and Weasel, Haruna Mubiru, Rema, Judith Babirye, Irene Namubiru, Mun G, Pastor Bugembe and Bebe Cool – In Uganda, the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM) made sure they got almost all the top Ugandan celebrities on their side and they actually won.

As we approach the 2022 general elections, I hope our celebrities will not only run for politicians money, but for the good policies and intentions that they have for this country.