Kenyan Singer and Sauti Sol band member, Bien Aime, on Friday, March 17 told off the government for allegedly hijacking a project they had conceived.
The ‘Studio Mashinani’ project launched by the Jubilee administration recently, Bien alleges was his project.
The singer took to his Instagram to share his sentiments hours after the project was launched.
The singer, through his post said, the Mashinani project was originally an idea he had presented to the President in 2015.
Below is his full post:
“On December 29,2015 I had the honor to meet with His Excellency the president in statehouse Mombasa. The agenda was Kenya Music Industry and Youth. Myself and my brothers shared a proposal called STUDIO MASHINANI with his excellency.
It was an extensive project involving music studios, community radio, CT centers and libraries with the spirit of community service. We were further instructed to give the proposal to Bruce Odhiambo who was at the time chair of the youth fund office.
We teamed up with Raphael Obonyo and Cedric Kadenyi to tighten the whole proposal with budgets and standard operating systems for the project. The proposal was sent to relevant parties. Only to wake up today a year and some months later to see the project being launched countrywide by a JAMAICA ARTIST, NOT EVEN A KENYAN.
I am not in any way implying that the president has a hand in this because he deals with millions of things and this may just be one of those that he delegated. I feel so robbed. I plan to make everything public soon. Just so that the ones who want to, can learn from it, “said Bien.
The project was launched Friday, March 17, 2017 by ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, as an initiative of the Ministry of Information, Communication Technology.