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“Ooliskia wapi?” MP behind viral phrase loses seat in Tanzania elections

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  • He garnered 10,096 votes, against Ally Kasinge’s 22,521
  • The phrase has threaded its way into Nairobi urban lingua; a term for exposing half-truths
  • The elections were marred by claims of irregularities

 

Selemani Bungara, the Tanzanian Member of Parliament whose phrase “uliskia wapi?” mutated into a viral meme has lost his seat in the general elections.

Bungara was member for Kilwa South constituency.

Loss to CCM Candidate

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He garnered 10,096 votes, against Ally Kasinge of Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s (CCM) 22,521 . Bungara run on an Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT Wazalendo) party ticket.

The phrase “uliskia wapi?” was extracted from Bungara’s press conference in which he refuted claims that he had joined the ruling CCM party. “We ulisikia wapi? We ulisikia wapi? Mheshimiwa ulisikia wapi? Niliingia katika Chama Cha ACT nataka muelewe hivo.”

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“Uliskia wapi?” was subsequently corrupted to “ooliskia wapi?“. It has threaded its way into Nairobi urban lingua, as a term for exposing half-truths and deconstructing tall tales. “Ooliskia wapi?” is now printed on merchandise- caps, T-shirts. A silhouette of Bungara’s face folded in a grimace, and lips pursed, is now part of Matatu graffiti.

Pombe’s Poised for Victory

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CCM’s presidential candidate the incumbent John Pombe Magufuli has garnered 83 percent of the vote with 60 percent counted. He seems poised to win another term in office.

Meanwhile, Tundu Lissu, his main challenger, has rejected the election and called for protests. Lissu is the CHADEMA party candidate. He has received 14 percent of the vote so far.

 

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