Chronixx peace ambassador to Kenya - Artiste to help settle tensions ahead of March election
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Fresh off his inspirational performance at the Rainforest Seafood Festival in Montego Bay last weekend, fast-rising 'conscious' singer Chronixx departed the island Thursday for Kenya where, for the next few days, he will be acting as peace ambassador for the upcoming general elections in that country.
General election will be held in Kenya on March 4. They will be the first election held under the new constitution, which was passed during the 2010 referendum. They will also be the first general election run by Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
The trip to Kenya for the inspirational young singer and entertainer, who heads the Zinc Fence Band, was made possible by Conrad Gray, one of the organisers of the Tuka Rada Peace Concert on which Chronixx performed yesterday in Nairobi.
Gray urged Chronixx, who has a very large following in Kenya, to join the effort to help diffuse tensions as recent history suggests that violent clashes could play a significant role in the upcoming election.
In addition to the performance yesterday, Chronixx will be making public appearances as well as do interviews on television and on radio on Homeboyz Radio 103.5.
Word from the singer's camp was that when news of the singer's pending arrival was announced on Kenyan radio, social media sites went wild with fans tweeting at the entertainer to find out if it was really true that their long wait to see him perform in Kenya was over.
One enthusiastic fan tweeted, "This is bigger than the coming elections!"
Chronixx was eager to make the trip to Kenya to play the role of peace ambassador.
According to a statement released from the entertainer's camp, "We are going to bring righteousness to the people of Nairobi, Kenya, and hope that this general election will be violence-free. The trip is a short one but we are going to try and make the most of it and inspire our Kenyan brothers and sisters."
In mid-August last year, tribal conflict led to the highest death toll through deliberate killings since the last election. Though the specific instance had no clear motive, past clashes have occurred due to the alleged misuse of land and water resources, however this instance was reportedly larger in scale and intensity.
Speculation was made of links to the election amid an increase in political tensions.
After the assassination of Kenyan Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo on August 27, 2012, violent riots occurred in Mombasa, claiming at least four lives. There is a school of thought that suggests that the riots revealed deep social, political and sectarian divides in Kenya and that these could cause more violence ahead of the election.
During and in the aftermath of the political party nominations held between January 17 and 19, unrest was seen in several parts of the country, most notably in Nairobi, Nyanza and Central Provinces.