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‘WEE OLISKIA WAPI?’: Meet Seleman Bungara, Tanzanian MP behind viral meme

“Wee oliskia wapi? Wee oliskia wapi? Wee oliskia wapi?”. These are Swahili words that have been affected by a certain Tanzanian dialect. They loosely translate to “Where did you hear it? Where did you here it? Where did you hear it?”

Well, a short video of a serious looking, brightly-eyed, full of life man talking to the press, uttering the aforementioned words repeatedly, has been the trending meme in Kenya in the recent past.

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So natural and funny is the meme that Kenyans on Twitter (KoT) have been using it to dismiss anyone who publishes his or her unverified/unproved and hearsay opinions on the social media platform.

The origin of the popular meme

Have you cared to know who the man behind this meme really is, his identity, what he does and how the meme came into being?

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The man’s name is Seleman Bungara. Seleman Bungara aka ‘Bwege’ is 58-year-old a Tanzanian Member of Parliament (MP) for Kilwa South Constituency since 2005. He is a member of the Civic United Front (CUF) party.

Bungara was addressing the press to set the record straight in June 2020, after reports emerged that he was planning on ditching his party to join Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), instead he clarified that he had joined ACT Wazalendo party.

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Bungara is a serial critic of the government.


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