NYS suspects Phylis Njeri Ngirita (left) ANn Ngrita (centre) consult lawyer Cliff Ombeta  [Beverlyne Musili,Standard]

On Monday, February 24, Phyllis Njeri Ngirita- one of the main suspects in the multi-million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal took social by storm.

This is after she claimed that her Class Seven son who was fluent in German before the scandal broke, has been reduced to a ‘chokora’ (street kid), and now only speaks in Kikuyu, Swahili and English.

“Miaka mbili tumeteseka. Mtoto aliacha shule, anaelekea kuwa chokora… Wamekataa kabisa kufungua hiyo account. So mtoto ata hawezi ongea Kijerumani, anaongea Kikuyu na Kiswahili ama Kizungu,” lamented Phyllis as she broke into tears outside the courtroom.

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Phylis Njeri Ngirita at the dock [Photo: George Njunge]

She went ahead to narrate her desperation, stating that she has been forced to rely on matatus as her car was seized and is currently “rotting at the Naivasha Police Station.”

“Sai nitatoka hapa na huyu mtoto twende nyumbani na matatu… gari yangu inaozea police station na nilinunua na malipo ya pole pole,” she said.

But what captured netizen's attention was the use of the word chokora and led to Kenyans on Twitter sharing their hilarious sentiments via the hashtags #ngiritas and #chokora for the better part of Monday and Tuesday morning.

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