Musician Willy Paul has slammed his erstwhile closest buddy and fellow artist Bahati, who lost the parliamentary seat in Mathare to Anthony Oluoch.
Willy, a Mathare supporter, resorted to Instagram to publicly congratulate Anthony, maybe to cast aspersions on Bahati, whose political journey has not been smooth.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate two of my good friends. First, congratulations to the one Antony Oluoch for Winning the MATHARE MP SEAT. You are what the people of MATHARE need sir,
“You must have really done a good job sir, retaining that seat is not easy! Keep pushing, MATHARE is my home and I’m glad it’s in Safe hands again,” remarked Willy.
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Anthony emerged top with 28,098 votes, the second, Billian Ojiwa with 16, 912 votes, and Bahati last with 8, 166 votes.
Bahati, not taking his defeat lightly, rushed to Instagram to query the IEBC, protesting about the Mathare constituency’s vote counting procedure.
“DEAR I.E.B.C We Need Answers!!! Everything is at Stand Still at The St. Teresa’s Tallying Centre and we can Sense Rigging Plans…. TELL US WHAT’S HAPPENING!!!” captioned Bahati.
His allegations, however, elicited a range of reactions, with some supporting him to keep fighting for the seat and others advising him to accept the loss and try again in the next elections.
Before the polls, Bahati stated that he had spent Ksh33 million on his campaign for Mathare MP and that he was willing to spend Ksh10 million more on Tuesday, August 9.
Speaking in an interview with Tanzanian blogger Millard Ayo, the “mama” hitmaker claimed that campaigning for a parliamentary seat goes up to about Ksh50 million.
When questioned if he used any money from his music during the campaign, Bahati stated that he donated Ksh10 million from his music to the campaign.
The father-to-be revealed that if he won the MP seat, his monthly salary would be Ksh1 million per month; nevertheless, he emphasized that this was not the reason he was running, as he was more inspired by what he would do for the people.