Kenyans have since taken to social media to react to a now viral video of popular Reggae DJ Kriss Darlin kneeling before Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga.
The DJ on Sunday went down on his knees while addressing Mr. Odinga during a rally organized by ODM in Kibra to unveil candidates that have expressed interest in succeeding deceased area Member of Parliament Ken Okoth.
“I have heard that there are many young men in Parliament fighting Baba (Raila), allow me as their fellow youth to go fight them in there as you wait to fight in 2022,” said the Jamrock host to the veteran politician while on his knees.
“Let them shoot me, if it means that you remain and lead in 2022…I ask that you hold my hand Baba…” he added, to massive cheers from the crowd, as he stood up to shake the hands of Mr. Odinga and other ODM officials present including Secretary General Edwin Sifuna.
"Wacha nipigane na wanaokupiga Bunge Baba…" says Kriss Darlin as he kneels before Raila Odinga, pleading for ODM ticket in Kibra MP race pic.twitter.com/ILtudjP7JB
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) August 25, 2019
DJ Kriss Darlin is now among 26 aspirants set to battle it out for the ODM party ticket in nominations set for Saturday, ahead of the by-election slated for November 7, 2019.
Taking to Twitter, a section of Kenyans castigated the reggae DJ for his actions, while another faction supported him.
Outspoken Kenyan songstress Suzzana Owiyo, for instance, stated that “I don’t see the problem in kneeling down. Kriss Darling needed to prove himself at the moment” adding that “In a podium like that & being new in the game, you must find a way to be different.”
Bel Akinyi reiterated the singer’s comments saying “…politics is about strategy, that kneeling has now made Kriss Darling the talk of town, you must stand out.”
Others such as Denogrant however said: “It would make more sense if Kriss Darling knelt before the Kibra people and not Raila Odinga.”
“You must now teach your children, that whatever it is, they must never bring themselves to the abyssmal low Kriss Darling happened yesterday,” said Kenneth Okwaroh.
Below are more of the reactions:
Don't blame Kriss Darling blame the voters because of this all sycophancy they will still vote him. Reason being he will fight for Baba If given the Ticket.
— Captain Dominic (@CaptainDominicO) August 26, 2019
Issa a fact whoever Raila will bless to take up the Kibera seat will take it. If that is the only way a youth like Kriss Darling will be Mp then let him kneel forever.
— Billionaire (@TheBillyhFactor) August 26, 2019
Do you remember when was this? When Mzee Daniel Moi was in power this trend of kneeling before a politician was there. They say when you go to Rome do what Romans do. Our brother Kriss Darling is doing what has been there since 90s. But Kibra Constituency residents will decide. pic.twitter.com/MrXUlc7IXp
— Team William RUTO 🇰🇪 (@TeamWiliamRuto) August 26, 2019
Kriss Darling knelt down my friends, in short baba stopped reggae, I repeat baba brought reggae down on its knees.
— Victor Ooko (@victorooko) August 26, 2019
Kriss Darling carries the aspirations of the youths. I don't know why Kenyan youths are so jealous when their own vie for a top seat. Support Kriss and stop this witch hunt.
— Box king (@ArnaudMush) August 26, 2019
— Kenneth Okwaroh (@Okwaroh) August 26, 2019
Someone tell kriss darling he don't have to kneel for raila, kneel before almighty GOD and ask Kibra voters to vote for u period. pic.twitter.com/1CIn9OOpAO
— The Mnur Feruz (@Mnurferuz) August 25, 2019
Kriss Darling has amazing PR. Now all of a sudden he is the talk of town. Unfortunately the Jaguars have soiled the seat for celebrities.
— Alvin Otema (@OtemaKE) August 26, 2019
Kriss Darling you have embarassed the youths of this nation and kibra specifically by kneeling down before @RailaOdinga
Someone tell the youths to wake up and stop worshipping these thieves.#accessdenied
— Lord of War and Thunder (@manywelecaleby) August 25, 2019
Kriss Darling has already shown bad leadership sign. Even if he wins in the nominations,Kibra people should not elect him for he will never serve them but only the master.
— Lydia Bulimu (@bulimu_lydia) August 25, 2019
Kriss darling or whatever the name is has a very poor approach to politics he thinks baba will listen to him just because he knelt lmao watu walikufa wakimtetea na bado alipiga handshake
— Ka Parcel (@Gicherengo) August 25, 2019