NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – Top Kenyan celebrities with a huge following on Instagram have endorsed President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term, in what is seen as a major boost for his re-election campaign on social media.
Comedians Chipukeezy and Ogaobina, Gospel artistes Size8, Media personality Grace Msalame known on Instagram as Sowairina are among top celebrities who took to Instagram to voice their support for President Kenyatta, three days to the August 8 General Election.
By Friday evening, more and more celebrities were still endorsing the Jubilee candidate who is seeking a second term in office with his running mate William Ruto.
Other celebrities took the campaign to YouTube to support President Kenyatta’s re-election that includes musicians’ Bahati, Roughtone, Frasha of the P-UNIT group among others.
Popular vernacular musicians also joined the bandwagon on the #UhuruNiWetu campaign on YouTube including Ben Githae, Loise Kim, from the Mt. Kenya region, Ally B from the coastal region, singer Amos Barasa from the western region among others.
“And you Know when it’s time to take a stand, God calls us to either be hot or cold for if we are lukewarm he will spit us out,” Media personality Grace Msalame said with the hashtag #UhuruNiWetu.
Others like Chipukeezy used photos taken with President Kenyatta and stated “Hiyo ni salamu ya tano tena (Those are greetings of five more years.)
Popular Instagramer Helena Talaso also urged her followers to vote for President Kenyatta on August 8.
“On 8th August, let us get out on large numbers and vote peacefully, but as an artistic youth remember President Uhuru Kenyatta looks to increase creative arts, content, create employment opportunities for the artists,” comedian Ogaobina told his 319,000 followers on Instagram.
President Kenyatta and Opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga are on their final leg of campaigns which will come to an end on Saturday.
Several other local musicians including -Joseph Kamaru and CDM Karatu who have been undertaking an intensive tour of road shows in various counties.
The caravan has been crisscrossing several counties seeking support for President Kenyatta, and is now concentrated in Nairobi which has more than 2 million votes.
The musicians have also composed songs emphasizing the need to turn out and vote.
Two final opinion polls released Wednesday have placed President Kenyatta ahead of his competitor, sharply differing from the one by Infotrak that showed that Raila is enjoying 49per cent support ahead of Kenyatta’s 48 per cent.
IPSOS in its final opinion poll released on Wednesday however, showed that President Kenyatta is ahead at 47 per cent against his main opponent’s 44 per cent.
Another opinion poll by Center for African Progress also gave President Kenyatta a commanding lead at 54 per cent, ahead of Odinga’s 43 per cent.
Kenyan goes to the vote on August 8.