Kenyan singer Crystal Asige has broken her silence after the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party listed her name among its proposed nominees to Parliament.
Crystal Asige's message to Raila after ODM nominated her to Senate
Crystal Asige used to be managed by Sauti Sol's Sol Generation but exited the label in 2019.
In a statement issued on Thursday, July 28, 2022, Asige said it’s a great honour to be proposed to represent persons with disability in the Senate.
The singer went on to thank the ODM party leader Raila Odinga, saying the nomination is a big win for the communities she represents.
“This week Hon. Raila Odinga chose to leave no Kenyan behind - no matter their ability or disability. I consider this Senate nomination by Baba and ODM to be an honour and count this as a win for the communities I represent. A win for Persons with Disabilities, a win for women, and a win for the youth in Kenya.
"There is never a better measure of what a person is than what he does when he is absolutely free to choose” - William M. Bulger,” Crystal Asige wrote.
She went on to congratulate her male counterpart Nickson Ochieng’ who has also been nominated to represent persons living with disabilities in parliament.
“I also extend my appreciation to my fellow nominee, Nickson Ochieng’ for the immense contribution he continues to make for the PWD community. I am incredibly grateful to my lifelong support system, from family, friends and to my #Wafuasi who have never ceased to believe in me.
“God makes me smile every time He reminds me that hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. Always by Faith not by sight,” Crystal Asige said.
Ex-Sol Generation musician Crystal Asige nominated to Parliament
On July 27, Asige, who blew up after the Sauti Sol hit song Extravaganza, was nominated to the Senate to represent persons living with disabilities.
She had been signed to Sol Generation but parted ways with the management in 2019, barely 10 months into her stint.
List of political parties’ nominees to Parliament
ODM nominated famous personalities to Parliament, including Suba South MP John Mbadi, ODM National Elections Board Chairperson Catherine Mumma, and Hezena Lemaletian, dubbed the "Queen of the North."
Other nominees include Rosemary Kariuki, Director of Membership, and former Nominated Senator Harold Kipchumba.
UDA has nominated incumbent Laikipia County Woman Rep Cate Waruguru, former Starehe MP Charles Njaguar, and Fredrick Muteti to the National Assembly.
UDA Secretary General Veronica Maina, incumbent Narok County Woman Rep Sopian Tuya, incumbent Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, former Bomet County Woman Rep Joyce Korir, and Karen Nyamu are among the Senate nominees.
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