Political analyst Prof Mutahi Ngunyi on Tuesday caused excitement on social media after tweeting on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s upcoming trip to the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica.
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Ngunyi responded after mischievous Kenyans asked President Kenyatta to include farming of Marijuana in the bilateral talks with his Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
The analyst, however, advised that medical marijuana should be legalized in honor of former Kibra MP Ken Okoth who passed on last week.
“Why do Kenyans think that everyone going to Jamaica is going there to “drink” bangi. Uhuru is lucky he has serious business to do in Jamaica beside looking for good wee! But weed is good medicine for cancer. My friend Ken Okoth left a bill in parliament to legalize it,” Ngunyi said in the tweet that quickly went viral.
Kenyans have a strong cultural connection with Jamaica, partly because both countries are also former colonies of the United Kingdom, as well as a result of the popularity of Jamaican music in Kenya – particularly reggae music.
Reggae music has mainly been spread by followers of the Rastafari faith – a religion that advocates for the use of marijuana for religious purposes.
This has created the perception that Jamaica is the land of music and Marijuana – although the country has not legalized the herb.
However, Jamaica has from 2015 decriminalised Cannabis use (making bhang possession a petty offence like traffic offences here in Kenya).
Rastafarians are also allowed to use marijuana for religious purposes.
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