By Frank Kamuntu
The Kenyan president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta has confirmed 16 more Coronavirus cases but amidst this he directed KSh 100 million to be availed to help local artists deal with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic
While addressing the nation today Monday this evening he said this money will go to help the actors, artistes and other entertainers to help them to continue entertaining the public adding that artistes would receive a total of KSh 200 million every month through royalties.
The fountain of honour directed that the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage avail KSh 100 million help local artists deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I direct the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and Heritage to avail Ksh.100M from the Sports Fund to our artistes, actors, and musicians during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic so that they can continue to entertain their fellow brothers and sisters through TV, radio and the internet,” Uhuru said.
“Starting this month, all our local artistes will be earning a total of Ksh. 200 million per month that will be paid to musicians through the system and other platforms that we have developed. This shall translate this year to over Ksh.2 billion going into the pockets of our young artistes and young Kenyans. These payments will begin this week,” he added.
However, Uhuru announced six more cases after the government have tested a total of 4,277 people and this brings the total of cases to 158 and two more deaths due to the coronavirus cases in the country which brings to six, the total number of lives lost to the virus since Kenya’s first case on March 13.
“We as a nation pray for the quick recovery of those undergoing treatment as we condole with the families and friends of the six that we have regrettably lost to the pandemic,” Uhuru said.