Kenyan Members of Parliament MPs are scheduled to join the Jerusalema Challenge craze next week when they finally shoot their own version.

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya urged MPs to turn up en masse for the practice sessions Monday and Tuesday and shoot on Wednesday.

“The jig will be led by the Speaker himself so I encourage you to come out in larger numbers. It will also be an opportunity for you to exercise,” Kimunya told MPs.

Kimunya said Parliament will use the Jerusalema challenge to showcase work they have done and exhibit solidarity with those affected by Covid-19. 

But the likes of Emuhaya MP Omboko Milemba was groping in the dark on what the Jerusalema challenge was all about. 

“I wanted to ask that the leader could elaborate because I and maybe a few of us don’t know what this thing is, I don’t know whether it’s a challenge show because some of us could also be talented and we want to be part of it and show our challenge,” Milemba posed in the House. 

His colleague from Suba North, MP Millie Odhiambo, who is pushing for the challenge in Parliament, said Jerusalema is the theme song for the pandemic.

In that regard, Millie urged all MPs and parliamentary employees to take part in the challenge to encourage those affected by the novel virus across the world.

Nominated MP David Ole Sankok can hardly wait to showcase his hidden talents.

“We were practicing today (Thursday), we really did dance and I am sure I have reduced some weight….and even persons with disability are encouraged to dance because I was dancing with my crutches. I also encourage you when we will be dancing, dance alongside me because I will teach you some important moves,” Sankok told his colleagues elatedly in the August House.

However, Kenyan MPs taking part in the challenge comes amid deep political divisions and tensions over 2022 presidential campaigns led by DP William Ruto.

A fallout in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee party has seen proponents and opponents of DP Ruto’s bid exchange bitter words that have resulted in chaotic scenes in Murang’a and Nyamira and seen two lives lost.  

Jerusalema, a song by South African sensation Master KG featuring Nomcebo, has attracted 174 million views on Youtube since its release nine months ago.

The catchy song has gained worldwide acceptance as many people from all walks of life take part in the challenge of dancing to the up-tempo gospel tune.