Not over yet? Veteran gospel musician Reuben Kigame puts Bahati on blast


Bahati will be a guest on Citizen Television’s 10 Over 10 show Friday, September 16.

The question of his conduct during Jubilee Party official launch, where he sat on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s seat while performing, will be key among the issues he would address.

But until then, veteran gospel artiste Reuben Kigame has expressed his displeasure at “Bahati unseats Uhuru” conduct.

Last Saturday, President Kenyatta literally stood from his seat at the Jubilee Party launch in Kasarani and let gospel singer Bahati sit on it as he sang the song Mama to Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. Bahati, in a mild moment of excitement, threw his legs up in the air while seated on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s seat, and in another incident, Bahati placed his feet on DP William Ruto’s table.

Mr Kigame took to his official Facebook page Thursday, September 15 to voice his gripe:

“Last Saturday at Kasarani did not go well with me in the area of entertainment. I will not recount the details of the music performances, but someone certainly got carried away and displayed both immaturity and disrespect to the Office of the President, the position of the First Lady and public etiquette in general. Even those who are high on something naturally keep off from certain things or are kept away to ensure limits,” said Mr Kigame.

“The so-called “gospel musician”, Bahati, was the most embarrassing of them. To him, I send the words of Proverbs 23:1-2: “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is put before you, and put a “knife to your throat” if you are given to gluttony.” What did Bahati want to achieve by displacing the President during a song and trying to sing to the First Lady?

“Call it performance! Call it guts! Call it a bad upbringing! It was bad and wrong. And who is Bahati’s mentor? Who is his pastor or bishop, if he is a Gospel musician? Bahati, you need to learn etiquette and self-control whether you do “gospel music” or otherwise; and Gospel music includes self control,” said Mr Kigame.

Kigame also criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail.

“As for the security detail of His Excellency, hmmmmmh!… Just what if…! You failed badly. You must protect all our dignitaries well, and the fact that President Kenyatta loves the youth and people of Kenya in general enough to freely mix with them, his outgoing nature must not be abused and the presidency in and of itself must receive its share of protection. I was not amused!”

Bahati has since apologised to President Kenyatta and the entire nation.

“The truth is I got really emotional and whatever I did could have gone out of hand. I truly love the President and I was only acting like a child would with a father. I am truly sorry to the President and all Kenyans who felt I did something wrong,” Bahati told Standard’s Monday Blues.


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