Translation:Mkono wa birika
If the task is to translate "miser", the best answer is "bahili."
TUKI: miser n bahili http://www.elimuyetu.co.tz/subjects/arts/eng-swa/m.html
When you find this question during a general review session, you have no idea that the desired answer is some Swahili figure of speech. "Bahili" should be accepted as an answer.
A nice proverb: Mali ya bahili huliwa na wadudu.