• Petitioners want singer dropped from BET awards
On June 9th 2017, Diamond Platnumz released the song 'Acha Nikae Kimya' which translates to 'Let me stay silent'
Four years later, this song is haunting him. Tanzanians have filed a petition to BET asking them to drop the singer from the Best International Act nomination.
The petitioners have accused the singer of not calling out the government when celebrities were being kidnapped as he is said to be a friend to some government bodies.
This song was released when celebrities were calling out the government for allegedly torturing Tanzanian celebrities.
Tanzanian rapper Nay Wa Mitego was arrested by the government after he was accused of insulting President Magufuli in his song Wapo. After his release, Nay wa Mitego took to social media, in a panic, to let the public know that his life was in danger.
Just before that, many other celebrities were arrested over what the government cited as curbing drug barons in the country among them Wema Sepetu, TID and Vanessa Mdee.
To add to that, a popular Tanzanian radio station called Clouds FM was attacked by unknown mercenaries and their equipment damaged and dismantled. The station is known for shedding light on these injustices.
Rapper Roma Mkatoliki and three other people were kidnapped from their studios by 'unknown people' for three days where they were tortured and later dumped kilometres away from the studio in the wee hours of a Sunday morning.
Talking to the press, the rapper was hesitant and seemed fearful about revealing the contents of their interrogation during the period they were held hostage by this overt group.
Funny enough, when asked about the disappearance of the rapper, a Tanzanian commissioner cited that the rapper would be found on Sunday, and indeed he was found beaten and tortured on that Sunday.
Just before the rapper was found, a hashtag was created by fellow Tanzanian artistes to call out the government for allegedly holding the star hostage.
Even after his release, the rapper cited that his life was still in danger.
While other celebrities were calling out the authorities, Diamond released the song saying that he was still young and was going to just keep quiet and go to sleep.
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