Kataa hio, zusha!

21 Jul


I know you might have seen this word on a sticker in a matatu or bus, zusha is Swahili for yell, shout, put your foot down, and demand… you go ahead and find the other synonyms. Kataa is on google translate, that is your homework if you do not know, but do not google translate zusha, it lies on that one. As I have found out good does not necessarily set precedence to good, but be sure as hell that bad will always set precedence to bad. This is what I mean, if you let someone do something bad to you the first time, you are more or less giving them the permission to continue doing bad things to you, so if you want peace of mind you ‘nip bad things on the bud’ like my boss says you have to kill the first excuse once see it and anticipate other excuses that might follow and kill them before they even come out… Here goes my three minutes of activism; situations that call you to zusha:-

      i.        A driver decides he needs to get you home, to work or whatever destination you are going faster than you need to, tell him to go slow, kataa hio zusha!

    ii.        Someone insists on a gentleman’s agreement where it involves your money, demand for documentation and receipts, kataa hio, zusha!

   iii.        You order fish and the waiter brings you chicken instead, because fish is finished (I can’t translate better than that!), kataa hio, zusha!

   iv.        Because of your good nature someone decides you are a pushover, kataa hio zusha!

    v.        You are used to a certain degree of service (could be at your barber or salon, restaurant, name it) and you feel that this one time you are getting a raw deal, kataa hio, zusha!

   vi.        You go to a shop, mall supermarket, pub, bus or anywhere and you are spending your hard-earned shilling and someone behaves like they are                 doing you a favour, or rather it’s like your money is nothing and it wouldn’t affect their bottom-line, for heaven sake vote with your feet, kataa hio, zusha!

  vii.        You feel your boss is not living up to the expected standards, kataa hio, zusha! even go ahead and peel back masks

viii.        You feel some backward rules are being shoved down your throat and you want to wear better skirts, kataa hio, zusha!

   ix.        You are stuck in a relationship that is going nowhere, kataa hio, zusha!

This list is not even near exhaustive, so I will let you amplify it…



8 responses to “Kataa hio, zusha!

  1. Alex

    July 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Your ISP advertises broadband, but instead gives you speeds so slow you can watch time move, backwards. Kataa hio, zusha! (…because you listed everything else. Ha!)

    Well said sir.

    • mackel9

      July 21, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      I don’t think, it is, everything. And thank you for passing by

  2. Ghafla!Guy

    July 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    And if readers refuse to leave comments on this article, kataa hio, zusha!

    • mackel9

      July 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Hehehe I use carrot and stick, no?

  3. Project44

    July 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Very much feel number v. sub-standard service is just a NO-NO

    and of course being all about restoring sanity in relationships, number ix is very pertinent.

    Nice one.

  4. Nyambura

    July 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    🙂 This just made my morning.
    I agree with all the above. For # 1, I not only zusha , I actually demand he stops and I alight…

  5. minitheshygal

    August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    people not paying back their debt and go mteja kataa hio zusha

  6. woolie (@wooliekondoo)

    October 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I like this topic tamu sana….but I’m sorry I have to say this….someone who speaks to me in kikwetu when in the company of people from all over the land….kataa hiyo zusha


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