Kenyan MPs set to join Jerusalema craze

Kenyan MPs are set to join the Jerusalema craze next Wednesday when they shoot their own version of the challenge.

Majority Leader Amos Kimunya informed the MPs to turn up in large numbers not only for the shoot on Wednesday but also for practice on Monday and Tuesday.

“The jig will be led by the Speaker himself so I encourage you to come out in larger numbers; it will also be an opportunity for you to exercise,” Kimunya told the MPs.

He said the Jerusalema challenge will showcase the work done by Parliament and show solidarity with those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, some MPs seemed to be clueless about the challenge with Emuhaya MP Omboka Milemba asking what the craze was all about.

“I wanted to ask that the leader could elaborate because I and maybe a few of us don’t know what this thing is, I don’t know whether it’s a challenge show because some of us could also be talented and we want to be part of it and show our challenge,” Milemba posed.

Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo, one of proponents of the Jerusalema challenge, explained that it has become a theme song for the COVID-19 pandemic and exemplifies peace in diversity.

She urged all members and staff to participate so they can encourage those affected by the virus 19.

Nominated MP David Ole Sankok said he has practiced enough times and will relish a chance to dance alongside the Speaker and other MPs.

“We were practising today (Thursday), we really did dance and I am sure I have reduced some weight….and even persons with disability are encouraged to dance because I was dancing with my crutches, I am sure if you were there you would have enjoyed, so I also encourage you when we will be dancing dance alongside me because I will teach you some important moves,” Sankok quipped.

Thousands of people around the world, including priests, police, ministers and frontline workers, have posted clips of themselves dancing to South African house song Jerusalema.

The up-tempo gospel groove has provided a moment’s relief across borders and language barriers.

Yet 150 million YouTube views later, the song’s producer is still not sure why. During a past interview with Reuters, Master KG said he was in “disbelief”.

“Early this year, around January, I thought the song had reached its peak,” said Master KG, real name Kgaogelo Moagi. “And then out of nowhere the song came back.”

Additional report from Reuters

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