Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu is using celebrity gospel artists to lure voters to his campaign rallies. Tanzanian gospel artist Christina Shushu has been for the last four days, the main attraction at the MP's campaign meetings as he woos voters for a second term.
From Thursday till Sunday, Shusho and local artist Geraldine Oduor entertained hundreds of Mghambonyi, Wundanyi, Mghange and Werugha residents. Her Unikumbuke song is a favourite inspirational hit among Kenyans.
Mwadeghu says he is using the gospel extravaganzas to preach peace and promote local talent. "This is not politics at all. Who knew that Shusho will ever come to perform in our villages? Let's take this positively and identify the talents amongst us and support it," he told the residents.
However, his political critics are accusing him of using the artists to fill up his campaign rallies. Addressing the residents in Wundanyi town, Mwadeghu promised to bring their favourite artists, if they vote for him.
"All other artists that you want me to bring, I will ensure that they come. The first one will come in February, the second in April and the third in June if you elect me as your MP," said the MP.
Mwadeghu urged his constituents to register as voters for the general election in large numbers. "We have 60 voting stations, but we have only received 30 BVR kits to register as voters and therefore some stations will have to be merged.
Let's take the opportunity and register as many voters as possible for the election," he said. Mwadeghu urged the electorate to re-elect him to accomplish his "dream" of a better constituency.
"Development is long term and that is why I appeal to you to give me another term to realise our dreams," he said. The MP criticised the ongoing vetting of political aspirants by youth from the constituency saying they have no mandate to vet any aspirant.
"The only opportunity you have to vet a political leader is at the ballot during the elections. Stop cheating yourselves that you can vet any leaders," he said.
Shusho urged Kenyans to conduct peaceful campaigns to avoid a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence. "My Kenyan brothers should maintain peace because the consequences of violence affect them and their economy," she said.