Tuesday, August 20, 2019- Many knew him as a Benga musician but the late John Mwangi Ng’ang’a alias John DeMathew was more than a singer in Mt Kenya region especially among Kikuyus.
DeMathew, who died on Sunday night after his car rammed into a lorry at Blue Post Hotel in Thika, was used heavily by politicians to achieve their social-political goals.
A close friend, who was with the late singer moments before the fatal accident has revealed that DeMathew urged the Kikuyu community throw their weight behind the push to amend the constitution to pave way for the establishment of the Prime Minister’s position.
“Even if Mr Odinga gets the Premier’s seat, he will come and go but the seat will belong to other tribes, we should understand that the system we want for the country is for the cohesion to prevail and we must ensure that we establish the Premier seat to avoid the winner takes all situation and to avert the post-election violence,” DeMathew said.
“He insisted on the two main issues – about the upcoming artists and the debate on referendum and we did not know that those were his last words.
"Ten minutes after leaving us at the venue, we received the sad news of the tragic accident,” the friend by the name Mr. Gilbert Baba alias Maina Baba disclosed.
This would come as a surprise to many given that DeMathew was on the forefront campaigning against Mr. Odinga and even composed songs painting the former Prime Minister in bad light.
DeMathew will be buried on Saturday at Mukurwe village with President Uhuru Kenyatta among the national leaders expected to attend.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.