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Uganda’s Kenzo appointed as Kenya’s tourism ambassador and netizens can’t cope

Kenyan entertainers have come out strongly to defend Ugandan dancehall artiste Edrisa Musuuza, popularly known as Eddy Kenzo, after he was appointed Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) ambassador.

On Thursday, KTB chief executive Dr Betty Adero Radier explained that Kenzo was appointed was because Uganda contributes a high number of tourists in Kenya from East African states.

“Ugandan tourists contribute a very big percentage on the total number of tourists visiting Kenya. We decided to appoint Eddy Kenzo because many people in the region understand him very well,” Dr Radier said while addressing journalists at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.

Eddy Kenzo (centre) being unveiled as Kenya Tourism Board ambassador. PHOTO | COURTESY
Eddy Kenzo (centre) being unveiled as Kenya Tourism Board ambassador. PHOTO | COURTESY

“It’s a great honour and opportunity I have been given to promote the homage, culture, beauty, natural resource, infrastructure and tourism in general of my other mother country Kenya. Under the campaign Take a break #Tugendekenya #magicalKenya,” Eddy Kenzo said after his appointment.

Ms Addero also pointed out that the artiste has a huge social media following in Uganda which the board would love to tap into.

The news did not go down well with a number of Kenyans who took to social media to vent their anger.

But Kenyan musicians and media personalities defended the singer despite the backlash.

In 2015, Eddy Kenzo won BET award for the ‘Viewer’s Choice Best New International Artist and was also nominated for MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in 2016.

He also took to social media to thank everyone who had his back.