Tanzanian MP Behind ‘We Ulisikia Wapi’ Viral Phrase Loses Seat in Just Concluded Election

Kilwa South Member of Parliament Selemani Bungara, popularly known to Kenyans on social media with his “Uliskia wapi” famous phrase has lost his parliamentary seat in the just concluded Tanzania’s general election.

Bungara, who had vied on an Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT Wazalendo) party ticket lost to Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) candidate Ally Kasinge.

The second time lawmaker garnered 10,096 votes half of Kasinge’s 22,521 votes.

Bungara has been representing Kilwa South Constituency since 2005 when he was first elected to Tanzanian parliament.

The MP became a household name among Kenyans on social media following remarks he made during a press conference, that immediately turned into numerous memes with the catch phrase ‘Uliskia Wapi’.

Kenyans even mutilated the phrase to ‘Oolisia Wapi’ with some going ahead to print it on merchandise.

During the press conference whose video went viral, the outgoing MP had refuted claims that he had joined the ruling party CCM.

The MP instead announced that he had joined the ACT Wazalendo party.

“We ulisikia wapi!? We ulisikia wapi!? Mheshimiwa ulisikia wapi!? Niliingia katika Chama Cha ACT nataka muelewe hivo,” Bungara said then animatedly.

Tanzania polls
Bernard Membe, John Magufuli and Tundu Lissu lead Tanzania’s biggest parties. Image/Courtesy

Preliminary results indicate that President John Magufuli was headed for a landslide victory with the ruling party capturing more than 90 per cent of all parliamentary seats.

However, opposition’s presidential candidate Tundu Lissu has vowed to reject the results terming the electoral process as fraudulent.

He vowed to lead his supporters to march in the streets to demand their stolen democratic rights.

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