Bongo Musician Prof Jay Looses Mikumi Paliametary Seat

Bongo Musician Prof Jay Looses Mikumi Paliametary Seat

Bongo Flava rappers prof Jay and Joseph Mbilinyi aka Sugu failed to recapture Mikumi and Mbeya Urban parliamentary seats respectively.

Joseph Haule aka Professor Jay was among politicians who were hopeful of retaining their seats owing to their clean track records.

But reports from Tanzania indicate the MP who was once a rapper lost his seat to CCM's Dennis Lazaro who was officially announced as the new Mikumi MP.

On the other hand former East Coast crew member Mwana FA comfortably sailed through at his first attempt in elective politics in Muheza Constituency, Tanga.

The 44-year-old Prof Jay, who was defending his seat on a Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) ticket, lost to Denis Lazaro of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM). He garnered 17,375 votes compared to 31,411 for Lazaro.

Famed for Machozi Jasho na Damu, Mapinduzi Halisi, J.O.S.E.P.H, Aluta Continua, and Kazi Kazi albums, the prominent artist known for socio-political commentary and billed as one of the founders of Bongo Flava, was one of the artistes who had made their bid in this year’s polls.

A process that divided the Tanzania music industry right in the middle with some supporting President John Magufuli’s ruling CCM while the rest stuck with the opposition, Chadema.

Platmunz’s manager Babu Tale, who made his debut into the world of politics about three months ago, was elected unopposed as MP under CCM in Morogoro East.