- Eric Omondi delivered his nicely framed bill to Babu and Jaguar, hoping it would stop Kenyan media’s obsession with foreign music and art
- Babu Owino acknowledged the bill but also noted Kenyans had a significant role to play in promoting local content
- Jaguar hoped passing the bill would uplift local musicians still in the game and those to join in future
Young parliamentarians Jaguar and Babu Owino finally heard Eric Omondi’s cry and received him with open arms at parliament buildings.
Unlike the previous week, Eric Omondi showed up alone on Tuesday, November 23, to present his bill to the two MPs who were eagerly waiting for him.
In photos and a video shared on Eric’s Instagram account, the comedian could be seen presenting the Play 75% Local Content bill to the lawmakers, and it was nicely framed.
Speaking outside parliament during the presentation, Eric said this would strengthen the brand and investment, hence stopping the Kenyan media’s obsession with foreign music and art, which has caused discontent and frustration for Kenyan artistes.
“This will enhance local music support for culture preservation and provide local support mechanism that will bring encouragement to our artistes and also avoid millions of shillings inform of royalties leaving the country to be paid to local artistes,” he said.
Babu and Jaguar show support
Babu reacted to the news, saying Kenyans also had to support local artistes before dancing to Nigerian music and promised to push the bill.
“Today at Parliament we received a petition from @ericomondi advocating for 75% of airplay in clubs, local TV/radio stations be accorded to local artists. As Kenyans, we must embrace and support our own local artists before dancing shoki.tutapitisha hii,” he wrote on Instagram.
Jaguar also acknowledged the meeting, noting that he and Babu will push for the bill to be passed, which will benefit current and future artists.
“I together with my colleague Hon Babu Owino will push for the 75% Local Play to our level best. We hope and pray that this will in turn uplift and benefit our local musicians now and generations to come,” he wrote.
Jaguar on Eric Omondi’s release
This comes days after the Starehe MP disclosed that he negotiated Eric’s release from Central Police Station.
Reacting to the news during an interview with Mungai Eve, the singer said he had mobilised with other youthful MPs to wait for Eric and receive a bill he was to present at parliament.
He said when Eric arrived, he informed him that cops stopped him from accessing the parliament.
The lawmaker said police thought the protesters were planning to interrupt Ann Kananu’s swearing-in as Nairobi County’s new governor.
Jaguar added that he was the one who negotiated Eric’s release.
Source: Tuko Newspaper