Ethic Group Members Assaulted at Koroga Festival
9 July 2019
By Rodgers Omondi
Members of Kenya’s celebrated music group Ethic were allegedly assaulted on Saturday during the Koroga Festival.
In a series of tweets, Ethic alleged that four of their members had been assaulted by security officers from a local security company hired for the event.
Ethic noted that they will be seeking legal action against the festival organizers and the local security firm.
Here is Ethic’s full statement:
It’s with deep regret that we have to post this. Koroga festival called us and told us to perform as the headliners for the Koroga festival Saturday edition. We’d done one event with them previously and since we had no issues the last time and also because it is a huge platform we obviously jumped at the opportunity to perform again.
This time, However, the treatment we got from them was more than hostile. As we speak four of our members including our Dj, hypeman , Zilla and our driver are all in hospital, brutally injured by Guards from the K9 security company and other festival organizers.
We want to state that we will be seeking legal redress as we need due compensation from Koroga and K9 security group for our medical bills et al.
As we push Kenyan music to the world we hope that one day, Kenyan artists will one day be treated the same as artists from other countries. The Saturday event this time surpassed all expectations and is definitely going to surpass their Sunday one. You know why? Because we Kenyan artists have worked our asses off to finally get Kenyans to support their own. And this is an agenda we’re willing to push to the very end. To all our loyal fans we’re simply asking that you support our cause.