Kenyans go to the polls on Monday to elect new leaders.On Thursday, Kenyan celebrities took to the stage at Uhuru Park to call for peace during and after the elections.
The event titled Chagua Peace Day was headlined by top artistes like Eric Wainaina, Suzanna Owiyo and Juliani.There was a special appearance by Ghana's reggae sensation Roki Dawuni.
According to Eric, who was recently appointed a Unep goodwill ambassador, the event was organised over a period of one month. "Kenyans should know that we are bigger than that one shirt we wear for a politician. After the elections and especially in April, we plan to continue preaching peace as one country. The challenges we face are bigger than these politicians."
Suzanna of the Kisumu 100 fame said, "We should continue with this spirit after the elections. This is a reminder of the national accord signed by the two principals back in 2008; there's need for unity."
Juliani and Sauti Sol both emphasized that jobless youths are vulnerable to political incitement.A passionate Juliani said, "People don't understand their power. They can create the strategies required from politicians and not the other way round."
Willis Chimano echoed Juliani's sentiments, saying, "You cannot compare 50 bob to a life."Radio Africa Group stations Radio Jambo, Classic 105 and Kiss 100 were the media sponsors.
Meanwhile, Transparency International Kenya held their 'I Run For Integrity' campaign in Nakuru and Mombasa.The audience were treated to thrilling performances by the six campaign ambassadors working with TI-Kenya to champion the message of integrity: Jua Cali, Sanaipei, Rabbit, Avril, Ala-C and Marya.
At the Mombasa penultimate show, there was a breathtaking show as the ambassadors had a joint performance of the campaign anthem.
'I Run For Integrity' campaign aims to impress upon the youth the importance of leadership and integrity for peace."Youth can be drivers of historic social change," said Priya Chana, director of Kenya Believe It.
"For instance, in the 1960s in Europe and the USA, youth movements and the rock artistes stood up and shook the system. Non-discrimination, and gender and race equality, went from being causes for protesters to being fundamental mainstream social attitudes. Kenyan youth and musical artistes can be equally ground-breaking."