Deputy President William Ruto on Friday, April 8, released a remix video of 'Hatupangwingwi' after the National Cohesion and Integration Commission of Kenya (NCIC) classified the term as hate speech.
The DP, who's fond of using the term during his campaign rallies, took to Twitter on Friday to share a video of the Hatupangwingwi remix.
He captioned the video "Hatupangwingwi". The term was among the sheng words and other English, Kiswahili, Kalenjin, Kikuyu, and Meru words listed by NCIC on Friday as hate speech.
Below is the video posted by the DP on his official Twitter account.
NCIC chairman Dr. Samwel Kobia on Friday said that the words were classified as coded messages which can be used to activate hatred.
He further maintained that the terms can be used to consciously eliminate other communities in the country.
“We have classified these terms as coded messages which can be used to activate hatred and consciously eliminate other communities. These terms are in various languages; English, Kiswahili, Sheng, Kikuyu, Kalenjin and Non-verbal nods,” Dr Kobia said in a press statement.
He assured Kenyans that his commission is committed to ensuring to ensuring a violence-free election ahead of the August 9 general polls.
“We have intensified our programs to ensure this goal is attained. We call for an end of divisive talks and call for political tolerance," he stated.