During Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu’s state visit to Kenya, she noted a few things about Kenyans.
And top most on her mind was our ‘terrible’ use of Kiswahili. She was amused that we have not mastered Kiswahili and even noted that
“We were every pleased with your decision to begin to use Kiswahili language in parliament .That is what makes me listen to Kenya parliamentary proceedings. I love your swahili. Your swahili has a lot of teasers .Those alone are sufficient entertainment.”
Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania🇹🇿 has arrived in Nairobi for a two-day State Visit to the Republic of Kenya🇰🇪. President Suluhu will later today be received at State House, Nairobi by her host President Uhuru Kenyatta. #UhuruSuluhu pic.twitter.com/Z5GO72Uqlc
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) May 4, 2021
Now even President Uhuru who impresses most of us with his mastery of Kiswahili, has been faulted for saying something hat could very well mean a naughty thing.
Legendary media personality Leonard Mamabo Mbotela called in to the Classic 105 7am morning discussion to correct something Uhuru said about signing where he said ‘nitahakikisha wametia kidole’.
Leonard told Maina that ‘there is someone I want to correct when madam Suluhu was here. He said kutia kidole. “Nadhani ni kupiga signature juu kuweka kidole hio ni mambo ingine, kutia kidole ni mambo ingine jee huu ni ungwana ”
Maina was left in fits of giggles when he realized just what Mambo Mbotela meant.
Maina also took the moment to brag about Mambo Mbotela
“I can’t get over the fact that a legend called in. You are simply the best why lie. Weuh how many people can say that they were called by Leonard, eh? He said something very important that President Suluhu noted about our Kiswahili. That kutia kidole ni kitu tofauti kabisa, aki no wonder you are a teacher aki you have taught the President something very important aki,
” Aki Jayden, even you have learnt a lesson. We need to normalize speaking proper Kiswahili ”