Fiery South African MP Julius Malema has become a trending topic among Kenyans following his powerful speech during the funeral of former of Anti-apartheid icon Winnie Mandela in Soweto in Saturday.
In his now famous speech, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters party and former President of the African National Congress Youth League spoke fondly of the departed 81-year-old liberation hero.
He repeatedly punctuated his speech – to great effect – with calls to Mama Winnie to “show (give) a sign/signal” to South Africans concerning issues which he sought answers to.
One line in Malema’s speech which seems to have particularly struck a chord with most Kenyans is when he went bare knuckled on the United Democratic Front (UDF).
“Equally big Mama, some of those who sold you to the regime are here! They are crying louder than all of us who cared for you. Mama the UDF cabal is here! The cabal that rejected and distance itself from you! They are crying crocodile tears after disowning you at a critical moment hoping the regime will finish off,” Malema said.
True to character, Kenyans on social media have since picked up the punchline for comic relief in what has been trending under the hashtag #JuliusMalemaChallenge.
They called themselves the Nairobi Business Community…. They are now complaining they’re jobless… We are waiting for a sign mama. #JuliusMalemaChallenge
— mmnjug™ (@mmnjug) April 15, 2018
The ones who told us quails will make us very rich Mama are also here..we threw all our savings only to give the eggs for free! Give us a sign Mama #JuliusMalemaChallenge
— Son of a Teacher (@Platuex) April 15, 2018
Those who preached hatred and ethnicity are here, they have been benefiting from the country’s disunity. They are now against the unity pact between the President and opposition chief. They are here. We want to deal with them. Give us a sign. #JuliusMalemaChallenge
— Brian Khaniri (@BKhaniri) April 15, 2018
Even those Ex’s who once said they can’t live without us but they’re breathing just fine, they’re are here Mama.Give us a signal how must we deal with them pic.twitter.com/Bc2UkgPbVs
— Nomzamo Mhlongo (@Zamo_Njomz) April 14, 2018
Even those who want to tax social media are also here, yet when it came to accessing their bank records they moved as fast as Cheptegei stop URA. Mama show us the sign to deal with them. #JuliusMalemaChallenge 😂😂😂
— Ramathan Ggoobi (@rggoobi) April 14, 2018
Even the pioneers of handshakes for handcheques came to celebrate ur life. Give us a signal of who we should entrust to lead us into the path of good leadership. Give us a signal mama #JuliusMalemaChallenge
— Geoff Topher Ogutu (@GeoffTopher) April 15, 2018
Even those who killed Msando and shot children and have bankrupted our country and are now talking sweetly to the IMF are here Mama. I’m waiting for a signal on how to deal with them! #JuliusMalemaChallengepic.twitter.com/VM3qMEmnL8
— Christine Mungai (@chris_mungai) April 14, 2018