- President William Ruto hosted the National Drama Festivals at State House Nairobi, where there were activities galore
- Comedians Njugush and Eddie Butita attended the festival, and they made a heartwarming speech to the youngsters
- Ruto noted that Njugush and his pal Eddie Butita were making more than his salary, which comes in the wake of the proposed 15 percent levy on content creators
Nairobi– President William Ruto has claimed Njugush and Eddie Butita earned more than him in the Kenya National Drama Festival State Concert at the State House.
In the first State Concert that the President has hosted since he assumed office, creatives were invited.
The event included winning performances from various regions countrywide.
Dignitaries present were: Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, CS Ezekiel Machogu, and Sports CS Ababu Namwamba.
Ruto claims Njugush and Butita earn more than him
Njugush and Eddie Butita were also present, and they gave a heartwarming speech encouraging the creative youngsters.
They noted that they, too, began in such halls and with hard work and determination, they would make it.
While congratulating the two men, Ruto noted that they made more money than him and netizens should not look down upon them since they opted for formal wear.
The president noted that the two were trailblazers in the entertainment industry and was proud of their work.
“Thank you, because they have come through for us. Njugush and Butita are our great artistes who today are monetising their content. Those two young men they are making more money than my salary. Don’t see them that they are wearing t-shirts like that. They are earning more than I am. Congratulations for trailblazing, for being the example to many of our young people and for knowing that the creative space is available for jobs to our young people (sic).”
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) slates the president’s gross salary at KSh 1.44 million monthly.
TNTT by Njugush and wife a success
This comes barely a week after Njugush and his wife Celestine Ndinda, aka Wakavinye, held a successful TNTT (Through Thick And Thin) show.
Their friends, such as Butita, Abel Mutua and his wife Judy Nyawira, Mulamwah and Awinja, were at the show.
It was a sold-out show and left tongues wagging for days on social media, dubbing them the trailblazers of online comedy.
New proposed bill to tax content creators 15% withholding tax
Ruto’s remarks come in the wake of the proposed 2023 Finance Bill that proposed digital content monetisation to be subjected to a 15% withholding tax.
In the Finance Bill 2023, President William Ruto’s administration proposed a raft of measures that will see it fund its ambitious KSh 3.64 trillion budget.
The bill presented in parliament on May 4, 2023, is currently under public participation before approval.