Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mwananchi: Wanjiku


No one knows her real name or what she looks like but everyone understood that what she wanted was a new constitution and a better future for Kenya. What Kenyans will not forget is how the political battles have been waged in her name.
Wanjiku is a feminine Kikuyu name that is used to symbolize the ordinary person in Kenyan politics. Wanjiku was coined by the former president Daniel T. Arap Moi in dismissal of calls for a new constitution. He said, “Do you think Wanjiku Understands what is a constitution?” Since then the name has continued to be used and eminently in caricature.

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