• Roots party manifesto launch took a comical turn after Wajckoya's presentation of his manifesto was punctuated by the new signature phrase dubbed "Tingiza Mti".

• Tingiza Mti became an instant sensation on social media generating lots of buzzes.

Roots party presidential candidate George Wajackoya and his running mate Justina Wamae at KICC ahead of party's menifesto launch on June 30, 2022
Roots party presidential candidate Roots party presidential candidate George Wajackoya and his running mate Justina Wamae at KICC ahead of party's menifesto launch on June 30, 2022
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Roots party presidential running mate Justina Wamae has explained their controversial phrase 'Tingiza Mti'.

The phrase became an instant sensation on social media generating lots of buzz during their manifesto launch a few weeks ago.

Kenyans drew mixed reactions to the phrase as some appeared to have been wowed. The manifesto launch took a comical turn after Wajackoya's presentation of his manifesto was punctuated by his, seemingly, new signature phrase dubbed "Tingiza Mti".

Well, speaking on Obinna's show, Justina Wamae explained to Kenyans that the phrase meant shaking the status quo.

"Tingiza Mti is like we are trying to shake the status quo. Status quo of corruption, you know Kenyans have already given up on it," she stated.

Justina added that the phrase was like a wake-up call for Kenyans to make the right decision during the next elections.

"You have poverty that is affecting us, yaani you have given up. Many Kenyans are saying they are not going to vote here, vote hapa and they feel like the government is not responsive to their challenges, so ours is to Tingiza mti and to Tingiza is also about kutingiza mindset so people can see that we start seeing that for sure the government should work for me and not the other way round."

During the interview, Wajackoyah also revealed that he wasn't allowed to take meat by his faith.

"I have never taken meat. I am a Hare Krishna priest," he said. Wajackoyah added that food in his house is not served on plates.

He said he feeds from the sufuria as it is economical and not time-wasting. "Naweka kwa hii?" Wajackoyah asked while pointing at the plate.

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