On Saturday, Ruto met with a number of the country's top creatives to discuss their plight, and there was a breakthrough when artists offered to help flatten the Covid-19 curve and made recommendations for the best way forward that will help the government and the industry collect some revenue.
According to the DP, the creatives requested the establishment of a special government fund to help musicians, as well as assistance in facilitating online music concerts and assisting the industry in adapting to the new standard.
Artists have volunteered to lead an ambitious campaign to help the Ministry of Health's protocols and vaccination drive as part of their contribution to the battle against COVID-19.
They also demanded that the government have a transparent plan, deadlines, and observable milestones that must be met before the country would reopen. According to the DP, this will help them in planning the resumption of their operations.
They also addressed the possibility of developing a policy to help weed out bureaucracy, brokers, and other impediments that stifle the creative industry's development, according to Ruto.
“We applaud artists' efforts to aid in the fight against the pandemic. We appreciate their offer to reinforce the COVID-19 protocol observance campaign and vaccination drive once it has been fully implemented.
The DP said, "I offered to ensure that their recommendations and suggestions are forwarded to the National Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus."
Deejay Joe Mfalme, Willy Paul, Arrow Boy, and radio comic Jalang'o are among the creatives who met with the Deputy President.
The meeting came just days after rapper Brian Robert Ouko aka Khaligrah Jones asked Deputy President William Ruto to help creatives who are suffering as a result of the lockdown.
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