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Benga artiste Atommy Sifa ‘exiled’ for anti-Raila song

When Luo Benga artiste Tom Mboya Ang’ang’a, best known as Atommy Sifa, produced a song in praise of President Uhuru Kenyatta together with little-known musician Tede Ja-Kenya, little did he know that the contents of the song would see him exiled.

Mr Sifa, who fled to Tanzania a week ago after he claimed his life was in danger, told the Sunday Nation he relocated following threats to his life.

“People called me, threatening that they will kill me for insulting Raila Odinga in the song,” said Mr Sifa.

The song, titled Uhuru Nyale (Uhuru is Capable), blames Mr Odinga for ills bedevilling the Luo community.

Sifa and Tede in the song “advise” members of the Luo community to stop paying allegiance to Mr Odinga and support President Kenyatta’s re-election.

The song also accuses Mr Odinga of not initiating meaningful development during his tenure as Prime Minister.

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In one of the stanzas he sings, “Joluo ugaloru mojoga ubiro luwo ng’ani nyaka kar ang’o (Luos, you shouldn’t be wasted. Until when will you follow this person)?”

Sifa received condemnation from Mr Odinga’s supporters who accused him of being used to undermine the Nasa leader.

Sifa on Saturday denied composing the song, saying he was passing next to where Tede was producing the video and he was asked to join because of his popularity.

“I never knew what the song was all about. I was invited to be part of the video but later realised it was disparaging Mr Odinga,” said Mr Sifa.

He argues that he has been composing songs for Mr Odinga and there is no way he would compose another one disparaging him.

Additional reporting by Collins Omulo