Watch: Omtatah warmly received at Shujaaz Concert in Uhuru Park

Piece by: PERPETUA ETYANG
Politics

• The senator hoped onto the stage, waved and swung in sync with welcoming song to loud cheers.

Okiya Omtatah
Image: The Star

Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah received a warm welcome at the Shujaaz Memorial Concert held at Uhuru Park on Sunday.

The concert honored protesters who lost their lives during the anti-Finance Bill demonstrations over the past two weeks.

Thousands of Kenyans, led by Gen Z and Millennials, gathered in large numbers to pay their respects.

Omtatah, a prominent critic of the now-repealed Finance Bill 2024, was met with loud cheers, highlighting his popularity among the people.

Unlike some of his peers in the National Assembly who supported the bill and faced hostile receptions at public events, Omtatah was celebrated.

Footage shared on social media showed Omtatah being mobbed by a crowd as they made way for him upon his arrival at Uhuru Park.

He took to the stage, waved to the crowd, and danced along to Eric Wainaina's "Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo," eliciting wild cheers from the audience.

The Shujaaz Memorial Concert also attracted people beyond the Gen Z and Millennial demographics.

The event began with the mounting of white crosses bearing the names of those who died during the protests and those still missing.

Several artists entertained the crowd, including Khaligraph Jones, Bien, Fena, Nameless, Octopizzo, Charisma, Juliani, Eric Wainaina, Sarabi Band, Graffiti Band, Mutoria, and DJ Moh.

Other performers included DJ Double Trouble, Field Marshall Band, Njerae, DJ Lordiwn, MC Kwambox, MC Kibunja, and MC Njoria.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja approved the use of Uhuru Park for the memorial concert.

Kenyans turned out in large numbers, carrying and waving Kenyan flags as they were entertained by various artists.

July 7 is also a significant day in Kenya's fight for the country's second liberation, providing an opportunity to reflect on Kenya's history.

This day is commemorated annually in memory of July 7, 1990, when nationwide protests demanded multiparty democracy in Kenya.

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