• Celebrities who already have tickets include; Mathare Aspirant Bahati, Imenti South Aspirant MC Jessy, Lang'ata apirant Jalang'o, Woodley Kenyatta Golf course Ward, DNG Ngibuini among others.
• Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie sponsored The Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in February this year
This 2022 General Election cycle has seen more and more creatives declare their interest in various elective seats.
Among those who already have tickets include; Mathare Aspirant Bahati, Imenti South Aspirant MC Jessy, Lang'ata aspirant Jalang'o, Woodley Kenyatta Golf course Ward, DNG Ngibuini among others.
There has, however, been a concern on whether those who have been in office before brought an impact on the creative industry.
In February this year, the National Assembly passed the Copyright (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which was partly sponsored by a creative, Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie and Homabay Women's Rep, Gladys Wanga.
The bill underwent a number of amendments giving copyright holders and musicians more power and control of their works.
According to the Bill, copyright holders and musicians will be entitled to not less than 52% of the revenue generated from the sale of their music through ringback tones.
"What I am attempting to do is give enough lee-way for the artists as they go to negotiate and to have enough maneuvering space," John Kiarie said.
Starehe MP Charles Kanyi alias Jaguar took to social media to celebrate after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed it into law.
Jaguar said he was part of the lawmakers, who through various engagements saw the Bill go through.
Rapper Prezzo was among creatives who blasted Jaguar for not standing with artists during his five-year tenure as a Member of Parliament.
"Do you want to tell me that in Starehe where he (Jaguar) presents there are no artistes? The tongue is a very strong weapon, so before you utter a word, you need to think before you speak," he added.
Later on Defended himself saying he did not go to parliament to defend artistes.
A few creative told Word Is they need more representatives in parliament.
While speaking to Mpasho.co.ke, Jessy said that besides serving the people of South Imenti, he plans to table the Creative Industry Economy Bill and sponsor it in parliament.
"I am known as a comedian but I don't have an identity," he said.
The Creative Economy Council of Kenya, he says, will give artistes an identity.
"Journalists have a media card from the Media Council of Kenya and all other professions regulated by the government," he said.
"It will be a regulator of the industry so that comedian Eric Omondi does not need to go and camp outside Parliament to push for airplay. We don't need all that all drama."
Comedian Njugush said;
"We need people who have the pain points for all sectors. Whose talking about sports? When do our sportsmen go unpaid and without training kits and proper facilities? We need people who've been through it."
Njugush added that creatives who joined politics had zero impact on the entertainment industry in particular as their focus was on the needs of their constituents.
"...art and entertainment don't make it to the top of their list."
Gospel singer Daddy Owen said some creatives tried but they need more than just one politician in parliament.
"I was once on the board of a musician organisation, the creative industry has deep-rooted problems than what meets the eye. Young vibrant politicians who see the value of the Creative Industry in the economy and to young people in society."
Actor Dennis Mugo alias OJ said nobody has the deep stick to measure what even veteran politicians have accomplished.
"My point is that just because someone is a musician actor or whatever doesn't mean that that status should be used for criticism or a basis to either disregard or regarding someone. Voters need to listen to the issues being articulated."
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