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Senator Omar: I’d make it hard for Chris Brown to set foot in Mombasa if elected governor

Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has taken issue with American singer Chris Brown’s performance in the coastal city last weekend saying that if he was the governor of Mombasa the show would never have happened.

Senator Omar’s gripe seems to be the huge amount of money that the organisers forked out to bring the artiste into the country at the expense of Kenyan artistes.

The American singer is reported to have pocketed a cool Sh 90 million for his 90 minute performance at Mombasa Golf Club.

Speaking during the Jeff Koinange Live show on Wednesday night Mr Omar said that if he had the money to bring Chris Brown he would not do so, because of his commitment to promote the local music industry.


“If you have that kind of money and committed to the growth of local artistes, you do not take Ali Kiba or Diamond and pay them Sh5 million and poo poo on local talent. The only festival, if I was to hold any in Mombasa, would be about promoting local talent,” Mr Omar said.

“I would make it so hard for Chris Brown to perform in Mombasa, that he would pray he never comes back,” he added.

The event dubbed Mombasa Rocks, was organized by Wale Wasee Limited, who are believed to have to brought the American singer to town.

However, reports have also emerged that the county government of Mombasa was involved, with some blogs reporting on how Mombasa Governor, Ali Hassan Joho, allegedly played a major role in facilitating the smooth flow of the event.

Senator Omar has announced his bid to vie for the gubernatorial seat in Mombasa next year.