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"Daima Mimi Mkenya" hitmaker Eric Wainaina commemorated the fallen individuals who lost their lives during the anti-government protests at the Shujaaz concert yesterday at Uhuru Park Garden.

When asked by Kiss100 the importance of celebrating those who lost their lives during the protests, he had this to say:

"You know, for the Holocaust memorial, they stand in the streets in parts of the US reading all 6 million Jews who died," Eric said.

"In the post-election violence, we were told the figure was 1,331, but it is just a number. We will never stand there and say their names, so it is important for us to be here commemorating the lives of the people we lost and also saying their names."

Eric emphasised that celebrating the lives lost makes the whole incident more than just a number, allowing us to remember them for who they were and the struggles they endured for our country.

When asked how he felt about his song "Daima Mimi Mkenya" still being a hit despite being released years ago, he expressed pride in himself, noting that it has been used as a revolutionary song that unites Kenya in times of need and makes our country a beautiful place to be.

He also acknowledged other revolutionary songs and encouraged Gen Z to keep up the spirit.

He revealed that the most surprising thing he has learned about the Gen Z revolution is their fearlessness and readiness to speak out against anything misaligned with their expectations.

"Gen Z are fearless, they are tribeless. They are one tribe in the economy, their tribe is fairness and challenging governance, and that is the coolest thing. I didn't see it coming, and I have no idea where it is going, but I am really thrilled by that," Eric said.

According to Eric, the protests have changed everything and made other countries admire and crave the fight for their own freedom against poor governance.

He sent his condolences to every family that lost their loved ones, urging them to take heart and have faith that God is in control and that justice will be served.

"What can you say to anyone who has lost their loved ones? I can't imagine how it would be if it was me. So, I think all we can say is we wish them strength and grace, and that the struggle of their loved ones will not be in vain," Wainaina said.