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Ruto worried after Tanzanian president used the word ‘Azimio’ repeatedly in her speech

by Samantha
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President William Ruto jokingly teased his Tanzanian counterpart, Samia Suluhu Hassan, using political terminology that, in Kenya, carries more specific political connotations.

Speaking in Swahili to delegates, Ruto revealed that he had heard Suluhu using certain Swahili phrases that, in the context of Kenyan politics, lean towards various political factions, which had raised some concerns for him.

Ruto playfully teased Suluhu by mentioning that he had heard her use the word ‘Azimio’ (resolution) multiple times in her speech, and he nearly became worried, thinking that she might be endorsing the opposition coalition in Kenya, known as the “Azimio la Umoja.”

“But I have a little complaint, let me say. That, I also heard in your speech, you repeated ‘Azimio, Azimio, Azimio,’ and these people here had their own ‘Azimio.’ So, I got a little worried because back home, ‘Azimio’ means something else. ‘Azimio’ is an opposition party, and they are quite chaotic,” Ruto said, with Tanzanian delegates bursting into laughter.

President Ruto, however, clarified that after understanding the context, he realized that ‘Azimio’ could also represent positive agreements or resolutions.

“But nevertheless, I’ve understood that ‘Azimio’ can also be a good thing, an agreement,” President Ruto added.

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