May 20, 2024

‘Sipangwingwi, operation linda kura, kama mbaya mbaya’ listed as hate speech

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‘Sipangwingwi, kama mbaya mbaya and operation linda kura.’ among other have been listed as hate speech by NCIC.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has issued a list of Swahili, English, and vernacular words that it believes constitute hate speech.

The popular phrase ‘sipangwingwi’ is said to include coded hate speech, according to the commission.

Others are fumigation, madoadoa, mende, kama mbaya mbaya and operation linda kura.

NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia said the words are now banned in public rallies, social media posts, and political talk shows.

“This will go a long way in containing hate speech and ensuring our nation is secure during this electioneering period,” he said.

The strategy comes hot on the heels of a storm over the use of the word ‘madoadoa‘ in rallies.

Slang words madoadoa, kama mbaya mbaya and sipangwingwi are have become popular phrases at political rallies in the run-up to the August 9 general election.

The use of the phrase modoadoda (stains) at political rallies has in recent days put a number of politicians in trouble with the commission.

They include ODM leader Raila Odinga and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

Sipangwingwi is often used by UDA-allied politicians. The phrase derived from a popular urban lingua sheng means ‘we can’t be controlled.’

Kama mbaya mbaya and kama noma noma is popularly used by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. 

Other words listed by the commission include kwekwe, uthamaki ni witu, watajua hawajui and kihii (uncircumcised).

Moses Kuria is notorious for using the term kihii.

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