Coronavirus: Uhuru gives Kenyan artistes GH5.4m to cushion them during pandemic

Coronavirus: Uhuru gives Kenyan artistes GH5.4m to cushion them during pandemic

- The president directed KSh 100 million be availed to help local artists deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic

- The money, he said, would go to help the actors, artistes and other entertainers continue with what they do best

- Uhuru also said artistes would receive a total of KSh 200 million every month through royalties

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has heard the plea of creatives in the Kenyan entertainment industry and offered them a lifeline.

During his address to the nation on Monday, April 6, the president directed that the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage avail KSh 100 million help local artistes deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The money, he said, would go to help the actors, artistes and other entertainers continue entertaining the public through different platforms.

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"I direct the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to avail Ksh.100M from the Sports Fund to our artistes, actors, and musicians during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic so that they can continue to entertain their fellow brothers and sisters through TV, radio and the internet,” Uhuru said.

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The president had even better news for those in entertainment as they would be getting royalties of up to KSh 200 million monthly.

He said this would translate to almost KSh 2 billion annually which was to see them gain greatly from their creative success.

"Starting this month, all our local artistes will be earning a total of Ksh. 200 million per month that will be paid to musicians through the system and other platforms that we have developed. This shall translate this year to over Ksh.2 billion going into the pockets of our young artistes and young Kenyans. These payments will begin this week,” he added.

Some Kenyans, however, questioned the move on who needed the money most claiming a number of artistes and entertainers were well off.

Here are some of those who felt the move was not necessary:

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The president also announced a restriction of movement in counties majorly affected by the coronavirus in Kenya.

Online users rushed to Twitter to get clarification on what the president had just directed after failing to understand the meaning of a cessation.

The big question was whether Nairobi residents, in particular, would be allowed to move within the region.

Luckily, Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita came to the rescue of the puzzled netizens and said travel within Nairobi Metropolitan would be allowed but not in and out of the said counties

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