Sakaja rescues musician who fell ill after performing for Jirongo
Celebrated musician Emmanuel Musindi was finally discharged from Nairobi hospital on Saturday evening, after Nairobi News exclusively highlighted his plight.
The artiste, known for among others hit tracks such as Sena Lwanyi (Step outside), was discharged after Nairobi Senatorial candidate Johnson Sakaja intervened to offset the Sh1.5 million hospital bill.
“I’m excited that mheshimiwa took time to come and rescue me. God bless you and I wish you all the best in the campaigns,” a visibly excited Musindi said.
Musindi had been detained at Nairobi Hospital for more than a week after failing to raise Sh2 million. On Tuesday, a funds drive to help in offsetting the bill only realized Sh600,000.
“This is an incident that shouldn’t happen considering this is someone who has lived a majority of his adult life entertaining us. This is partly why I introduced a bill in Parliament enforcing a quota of local content to be aired on out Television and radio,” Sakaja said.
Musindi was rushed to the hospital by presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo’s driver, moments after he collapsed after performing at the politician’s function in Westlands, Nairobi.
“We expected Jirongo to be of much help, atleast he has the capacity to mobilise resources and help the old man who is not only a famed singer, but also his tribe mate, and someone who has severally performed for him,” Musindi’s relatives had earlier told Nairobi News.