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The NCIC restriction On the word 'hatupangwingwi' has been challenged in court

Felix Kiprono and Vincent Yegon, two Kenyan lawyers, have launched a lawsuit challenging the designation of 'hatupangwingwi' as a hate word. Last week, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission released a list of terms and phrases that it believes would propagate hate during the election season.

'Hatupangwingwi,' which is associated with Deputy President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza alliance, is among the words and phrases.

NCIC chairperson Rev Samuel Kobia on Friday added it among phrases that are considered political manifestations of hate, maybe in awareness of this and its importance in current political rhetoric.

Other phrases on the list include'madoadoa,' which got ODM leader Raila Odinga into difficulty lately, cockroaches, and fumigation, all of which could cause discord among communities and political supporters of rival parties. "We all know that the tongue has the ability to kill or to save. "The panel has defined phrases that have been widely used in Kenya's political landscape with the goal of inciting violence among communities with differing political beliefs," he stated.

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