Kenyan MP in diplomatic row, visits Tanzania

20Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Kenyan MP in diplomatic row, visits Tanzania

A Member of Parliament who sparked a diplomatic row with Tanzania, after making allegedly xenophobic remarks, is now visiting the country.

, Charles Njagua

In June, Charles Njagua, who is also known as Jaguar, was arrested after a video of him, calling on Tanzanian and Ugandan traders to leave the country, was widely shared on social media.

He was held in police custody for over a week and was released on July 6 after paying a $4,800 (£3,800) bail.

"No country would allow people who do not have permits to do illegal business," he said. 

The comments angered some Tanzanian lawmakers who called on Kenyans to be kicked out of their country.

Tanzania's government also summoned Kenya's high commissioner to explain the comments.

  Njagua told the BBC that he "loves" Tanzania and has a family in the country.

He posted a picture of himself in Tanzanian's capital, Dodoma. 

Charles Njagua Kanyi, better known by his stage name Jaguar, is a Kenyan singer, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist. From humble beginnings, Jaguar was born in a family of three siblings. He grew up in the suburbs of Nairobi where he attended school. At the age of Eleven Jaguar lost his mother who by then was the only guardian. He was forced to enroll in informal employment working several odd jobs to earn a living.

Through struggles working as a tout in Nairobi's public service vehicles, and support from friends managed to complete school.

Jaguar first made forays as a recording artist in 2004 where he recorded and released his first Single "Utaweza Kweli" under the Mandugu Digitali record label. He later joined East Africa's music power house, Ogopa Deejays  in 2005 where he recorded and released several singles among them his most popular hit single "kigeugeu." In 2013 Jaguar began recording with Main Switch Studios.  Founded by Jaguar's one of the long serving record producers, Philip Makanda  formerly from Ogopa Deejays.  

This transition didn’t come short of any releases and he has been a part of the stable to date. He has since recorded several hit singles including Kipepeo, Kioo and One centimeter, an African collaboration featuring popular Nigerian recording artist, Iyanya. He has also featured popular South African duo, Mafikizolo in his single titled "Going Nowhere"

Jaguar has over the years established his own enterprises that have now become very lucrative Businesses. Besides his music business, Jaguar owns a fleet of personal luxury cars and is known to have investments in real estate as well as the transport and aviation industry.

On 9 August 2017 Jaguar was elected to serve the Constituency of Starehe in Nairobi on a Jubilee party ticket after defeating Steve Mbogo, Boniface Mwangi and Mwaniki Kwenya. Jaguar previously defeated incumbent MP of  Starehe Maina Kamanda in a hotly contested nomination race for the Jubilee Party ticket in April 2017.


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