Ulisikia Wapi! Tanzanian MP Seleman Bungara Behind Viral Meme

  • Tanzanian MP Kilwa South constituency Seleman Bungara during a press conference in June 2020.
    Tanzanian MP Kilwa South constituency Seleman Bungara during a press conference in June 2020.
  • Tanzanian MP Seleman Bungara has over the past month been the subject of a viral meme circulated in Kenya over remarks he made in a press conference in June 2020.

    The Kilwa South Constituency representative who is popularly referred to as Bwege was addressing reports of shifting his political allegiance to the Chama Cha Mapidunzi (CCM) party.

    In an animated expression that has since been referenced in many conversations, Bungara denied the claims that he had joined the party after ditching Chama Cha Mwananchi (CCM).

    Watch the video courtesy of Mwanahalisi TV below:

    "Ulisikia wapi? (where did you hear the reports)" he asked journalists present, stating that he had instead joined Chama Cha ACT - Wazalendo instead.

    His remarks have since been used in a number of memes and situations after the clip was circulated in the Kenyan online space with many using it to disown false remarks in a hilarious way.

    Creative Kenyans have also transformed his remarks to T-shirts and a group of youth has even released a song with the catchy phrase.

    Bungara has been the member of parliament for Kilwa South since 2005 and will be looking to retain his seat in the upcoming elections after Parliament was closed on June 16, 2020.

    After defecting, he was among leaders in ACT with Zitto Kabwe who were arrested by Tanzanian police on June 23 during a meeting, and released on bond the following day.

    He has been a vocal member in parliament as evidenced by a 2016 confrontation with the deputy speaker over the name Bwege. The Deputy speaker accused the MP of bullying during the session.

    In his 15 years serving in parliament, Bungara has served in various committees in parliament including the Agriculture, Livestock and Water Committee from 2010 to 2013.

    Tanzanian MP Seleman Bungara
    Tanzanian MP Seleman Bungara during a press conference in 2020.

    Between 2013 to 2015 he served in the HIV and AIDs Affairs committee.

    The MP also served in the Social Development and Services Committee between 2015- 2018.