Karen Nyamu protests after journalist interviews her in Kiswahili: ‘Sikujua’

  • Karen Nyamu seemed uncomfortable after a TV reporter asked her questions in Kiswahili in Naivasha
  • The named senator protested, saying she thought they would speak in English, which she knew better
  • Nyamu responded with a shaky Kiswahili, his initial protest amusing many social media users

United Democratic Alliance Senator Designate Karen Nyamu amused Kenyans after protesting after being interviewed in Kiswahili.

Karen Nyamu was uncomfortable being interviewed in Kiswahili. Photos: Karen Nyamu.
Source: Instagram

Karen Nyamu vs. Kiswahili television journalist

On Wednesday, September 21, the mother-of-three shared a video standing next to a reporter during a meeting of senators in Naivasha.

The reporter then asked her opinion on Chief Justice Martha Koome skipping the event.

“Kulimuwa na malalamishi kuhusu jaji mkuu Martha Koome kutofika. Hivi ni maswala gani mngependa kuzungumza naye ana kwa ana (there were complaints that the chief justice did not attend the meeting. What are some of the issues you wanted to chat in person)?”

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That of the journalist Swahili The question caught Nyamu off guard, and she responded by saying:

“Wakatai uliniambia ungetaka kunihoji sikujua ni Kiswahili (When you asked for an interview, I didn’t know it would be in Kiswahili).

Nyamu then replied in shaky Kiswahili while completing with English words.

“Ata kama hakuweza kufika ametuma ujumbe ladba alikuwa na schedule nyingine. Kwa kutuma ujumbe unaonyesha ako na goodwill (She sent a message, showing that she had goodwill, maybe she had other commitments).

Nyamu noted that they would have liked Koome to be present at the meeting as they had many questions regarding the laws passed.

Nyamu also weighed in on the senators’ proposal to have a fund to manage, saying:

“Our Constitution is based on that of the United States where senators have kitties.

There’s a lot of pressure to deliver, but we don’t have the money. I’m nominated, so I don’t have a lot of pressure, but I plan to be elected next time and would love to serve my constituents.

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Netizens reacted to his protests against speaking Swahili by writing:


“You are too funny.”


“3 arms of the government (silaha tatu za serikali).”


“Tell him we don’t know Kiswahili.”

A fan mocks Samidoh

Somewhere else, TUKO.co.ke reported Nyamu’s lover Samidoh shared photos during a lunch at the State House, and a fan hit it out in the comments.

The Internet user denounced the musician while insinuating that he was overdoing Karen Nyamu’s political relations.

However, the mugithi singer refused to get embroiled in a war of words, which earned him praise from social media users.

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Source: TUKO.co.ke