A week after one quarter of top boy band Sauti Sol, Bien-Aime Baraza, sensationally claimed that government’s ‘studio mashinani’ project was their idea, Sauti Sol has now apologised to President Uhuru Kenyatta over Bien’s post, saying the President probably did not know that his juniors took up and implemented Sauti Sol’s idea as their (government) own.
Bien–Aime- Baraza had on Friday last week taken to Instagram to rant after the official launch of the ministry of ICT outfit that seeks to grow talent in youth and create employment in the creative arts sector for talented youth across the country.
The Sauti Sol singer said, persons they shared the idea with last year, after meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta on December 29, 2015, implemented their idea without involving him and without his consent.
Baraza was also angered by the fact that artistes from Jamaica were invited to launch the project yet there were Kenyan artistes capable of steering the project and mentoring young and talented Kenyans across the country.
“On December 29, 2015, I had the honor to meet with His Excellency the President in State House, Mombasa. The agenda was Kenya Music Industry and Youth. I and my @sautisol brothers shared a proposal called Studio Mashinani with His Excellency. It was an extensive project involving Music studios, community radio, ICT 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 Youthfund office. We teamed up with Raphael Obonyo @raph_obonyo Cedric Kadenyi tighten the whole proposal with budgets and standard operating systems for the project.
“The Proposal was sent to the relevant parties. Only to wake up today a year and some months later to see the project being launched countrywide by a Jamaican artist! Not even a Kenyan!”
Sauti Sol took to their official Instagram page on Saturday, March 25, to send their apology to Uhuru after Bien’s statement was “wrongly interpreted by the media”.
“Beyond this, we would like to issue a sincere apology to our President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, for a statement which led to his goodwill and intention being wrong interpreted by the media. Again, we would like to reiterate Bien’s statement that he (Uhuru) had no hand in this as deals with millions of national issues and it is something he probably delegated.
“He was gracious enough to give us an audience, listen and support our proposal. It was not Bien’s intention to otherwise negate his kindnes and are ready to issue this apology in person,” said Sauti Sol.