The word used by the Minister of Commerce on his Twitter account has been trending in the fields of social networks in Kenya for many hours.
For anyone who speaks Kiswahili, the word “malaya” is considered derogatory.
To many it can be described as an unprintable word.
So the word ‘Malaya’ is equivalent to Harlot or Prostitute in English. Used to refer to a person who engages in sex for pay.
It all started after the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Moses Kuria, used it in an attack on Nation Media Group.
The attack followed a statement by NTV, the group’s channel, which claimed that the Secretaries of the Council of Ministers made a reduction in the price of cooking oil, a move that cost the taxpayer approximately 5.6 billion shillings.
Kuria also threatened that the news organization will not receive broadcasts from the government.
He said the only ads they can’t stop going to NMG are auctioneers and funeral ads.
His remarks, however, did not please many Kenyans who expressed different opinions about him.
Many called him CS, while others said the power had gone to his head.