• The Turkana MCA was captured struggling to repeat a certain Swahili word.
• Kenyans are divided on the importance of one speaking the national language
Kenyans have reacted to a video of nominated Turkana MCA, Hellen Kaile, struggling to read an oath during her swearing in. Loima Sub County
The lady in question seemed to struggle in reading the Kiswahili that the officer in the county assembly was telling her to repeat.
The word she struggled with was the word, 'Nitahifadhi,' which the female MCA had a tough time pronouncing. Watch the clip below;
Imagine this is a nominated MCA in Turkana.— Solomon Kuria (@kuriasolomonK) September 21, 2022
If she cannot repeat in SWAHILI, can she read or write anything?
Now, the residents expect her to draft and argue motions on the floor of the house where the official languages are English and Swahili. pic.twitter.com/5T1eJg4UgZ
Kenyans who saw the clip reacted to it with many wondering how she would be able to successfully represent her ward if she couldn't speak the official language.
But others were more sympathetic to the politician and defended her saying that as long as her 'Turkana' people could here, then there was no problem.
Check out some of the comments below;
Bernard N. Kimunya Qualifications amongst them LANGUAGE kiswahili or Kizungu.
Edward Kush Mwangi They will trail back for a long time
Eng Jonathan k Moturi ~HVAC This is unacceptable
Jerusa Ochieng Totally unacceptable
Jerusa Ochieng huyu ndiye alipatikana pekee
jerotich Someone to remind me qualifications of an MCA
Jayroc Maroc jocarly Bro.turkana county leadership is the true definition of a failed leader,imagine they have voted in Christopher Nakuleu a total failure as the county assembly speaker. Turkana county is doomed
In 2017 during the campaign season, former President Uhuru Kenyatta's son, Muhoho Kenyatta was observed struggling to speak in Kiswahili.
Muhoho, who had visited Nandi County with Deputy President William Ruto, read a 30-second address on his smartphone but struggled considerably in speaking Kiswahili.
Even late president Daniel Arap Moi's son, Gideon Moi was once observed having a hard time speaking Swahili.
Gideon has since elevated his spoken Kiswahili and is proficient when speaking to a crowd.
What do you think? Should your elected leader speak the two official languages proficiently?