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Ruto releases 'hatupangwingwi' song after NCIC banned term

The DP has been using the 'hatupangwingwi' phrase as his signature campaign slogan.

In Summary

•The DP, who adopted the phrase as his signature campaign slogan, tweeted the song on Friday in which he was featured by musician E-xray

Deputy President William Ruto speaks to residents of Kitui County during a Kenya Kwanza rally on March 30, 2022.
Deputy President William Ruto speaks to residents of Kitui County during a Kenya Kwanza rally on March 30, 2022.
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A few hours after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission listed the phrase 'sipangwingwi" as one of hate speech terms, Deputy President William Ruto has now released a song christened 'hatupangwingwi'.

The DP, who adopted the phrase as his signature campaign slogan, tweeted the song on Friday in which he was featured by musician E-xray.

NCIC on Friday listed the 'sipangwingwi' phrase among the terms that contain coded elements of hate speech. 

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.

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