Hip hop artiste Juliani speaks during video launch of his latest song Machozi ya Jana on May 16, 2017 at the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITUHip hop artiste Juliani speaks during video launch of his latest song Machozi ya Jana on May 16, 2017 at the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
By SYLVANIA AMBANI

A somber mood engulfed the launch of Juliani’s latest song titled, ‘Machozi Ya Jana’, which is a tribute to slain lawyer Willy Kimani and shines a light on extra-judicial killings.

Juliani, who is famous for his punchline songs that advocate for social justice and good governance, has yet again lived up to his reputation with the  new hit.

Clouds ni grey, nguo ni black, macho ni red, colors za pain. It takes a long day kujuwa life ni short,’ goes part of the song’s lyrics.

Before the release of the song, Juliani acknowledged that the song is the most emotional and difficult that he has ever written.

EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS

“Most of us have lost a loved one through extra judicial killings, youths being gunned down by police. My own brother was shot but luckily he survived just because he was hanging with a group of youths who were suspected to be thugs,” Juliani said during the launch.

“It does not matter if you are a thief or a thug, we should give people a chance, that is why there are laws. Because if killing was the solution then crime would have ended by now.” he added.

Hannah Kimani (right), wife of the slain Lawyer Willy Kimani is consoled by After Care Director at International Justice Mission (IJM) Pamella Masakhwi during the video launch of Hip hop artiste Juliani's latest song Machozi ya Jana. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Hannah Kimani (right), wife of the slain Lawyer Willy Kimani is consoled by After Care Director at International Justice Mission (IJM) Pamella Masakhwi during the video launch of Hip hop artiste Juliani’s latest song Machozi ya Jana. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Lawyer Willy Kimani, his client and a taxi driver were killed on June 23, 2016 at Soweto in Syokimau, Mlolongo and their bodies dumped into to a river.

Juliani’s song aims to re-ignite and expand public debate on the need to have a radically transformed police service.

Social media has been abuzz with netizens joining in the campaign.