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NCIC Issues Warning Over Inciteful Words

by Kwabe Ben


The National Cohesion and Integration Committee has today made a stride towards ensuring they curb the spread of hate speech and the use of inciting words among politicians during this campaign and electioneering period.

Speaking during the event, NCIC chairperson, Rev Samuel Kobia noted there are political expressions of hate that are triggering dissonance among communities and political followers of various parties.


The cohesion commission has listed the words and phrases it says are likely to spread hate during the ongoing electioneering period starting with the slogan hatupangwingwi.

Deputy President William Ruto and his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) have used the clarion call hatupangwingwi to urge their supporters to reject alleged schemes by powerful figures to impose leaders.


Exray performed “Sipangwingwi” last month when Dr. Ruto was endorsed as UDA’s presidential candidate while Trio Mio sang the same song last December when Mr. Odinga’s publicly announced his candidature.


Other banned words are:

  • Elimination
  • Madoadoa
  • Kill
  • Fumigation
  • Cockroach/mende
  • Kihii (uncircumcised man)
  • Uthamaki ni witu
  • Mwiji (uncircumcised man)
  • Kimurkeldet (Brown teeth, to refer to Kikuyu in Rift valley)
  • Otutu Labotonik (uproot the weed)
  • Ngetiik (uncircumcised)
  • Kama mbaya ni mbaya
  • Operation linda kura

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