Popular Slogans You Should Get To Know In Kenya’s Elections



Kenya’s election is on Tuesday and the pre-election season has been very intense. The internet jumped on the train, heartily, making parables, and jokes and bandying about some popular slogans about the elections.

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Wordplay is always a big part of elections as politicians and their supporters try to get the jump on each other. President Donald trump during the U.S election cycle gave s such great hits as ‘Crooked Hilary’ and ‘Lock her up.’

The Kenyan elections have been no less a part of these popular slogans during elections tradition and as the whole world watches, we may as well get to know what everyone is talking about.

Here are a few of the popular slogans from Kenya’s elections you should get to know;

“Tano tena” vs. “Nane nane”

Tano tena is Kenyatta’s running slogan. It translates to “five more years” which is what the people will have if he wins. Ralia Odinga is, however, calling on voters to remove the incumbent from power on nane nane —Aug. 8.

“The road to Canaan”

Raila Odinga has referred to Kenya’s political journey since independence as Canaan, the area in ancient Palestine that Israelites considered the biblical land God promised Abraham and his descendants. He is promising to lead Kenyans to the promised land if he is elected.

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“Tibim” and “tialala”

Paul Ongili, better known as Babu Owino invented these two words. The former head of the University of Nairobi student organization who is now a candidate to represent the Embakasi East constituency of Nairobi county in parliament told Quartz that tibim means “revolution, in this case, political revolution.” Politicians have also said the word is an acronym that stands for “together in building an irresistible movement.”

“Tuko ndani, ndaani, ndaaani”

The secretary general of Kenya’s oldest political party, Nick Salat,  coined this term while addressing members of an opposition crowd. Ndani is Swahili for “inside” and Salat repeated the word to emphasize that his party fully supported Odinga’s party against Kenyatta.

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He, however, retracted his position later to declare his support for the president’s re-election. Kenyans now use it to mean they are part of an outfit or movement.

“Wacha elections ziishe”

The phrase wacha elections ziishe, or “let the elections end” has become popular to explain why certain events are not taking place or some processes are not moving forward.

Concerns have continued to mount over the prospect of electoral violence. Nairobi is now eerily quiet, with businesses closed and the stream of traffic reduced. As many residents leave the capital to vote in rural areas or to avoid any potential violence,