Mwananchi (pronounced mwah-nah-‘nchee) is a Kiswahili word meaning ‘citizen’. As D. Masolo explained in 1986, mwananchi is “a term designating a class of people considered as ‘ordinary’ because they do not have any outstanding (political and/or financial or administrative) powers and privileges in public or private sectors”. The word mwananchi, therefore, is used to emphasise the common woman or man. If ordinary citizens are the basis of every society, and therefore the basis of each democracy, the functioning of each society depends on its ordinary citizens. The more politically aware and involved all citizens are, the stronger the society and its democracy become.