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There are interesting games and solidarities that we engage in. When you enter in a solidarity of “pandye”, every time I find you eating anything, you must surrender to me whatever you will be eating.

This is just a game but it creates eternal friendship amongst us.

It can be “mateke” which requires every participant to fold his shorts. If I find your shorts not folded, I kick you. There is no standard measure of how many times I should kick you but it must be reasonable, just to keep the friendship. Some people get into this game permanently but in case you’re not interested in playing anymore, you just say “pulizi” and your playmate will understand.

Sometimes “mateke”, “pandye” or “kyamashula” can be played among more than two people. As such, it as common to find boys kicking themselves as if to fight but when in real sense it is a game. These games are mostly played among the boys, girls have their own games. Girls call themselves “musale” while boys call themselves “uwaye”.

I remember a time while still in P.6. The teacher had entered the classroom and sat on his table perusing through a book probably looking for the day’s lesson. As such, Watika had not noticed that the teacher was in class. He boisterously rose, went to where Kaboole was seated and kicked him at a time when the teacher was watching. You can imagine what happened after.

Watika was given a punishment to fetch water for the teacher. In total he had to fetch 3 jerrycans of water in total which he obliged to, after-all you could not refuse. It was such a scene when he was brought to the classroom by a village elder.

Watika was caught in the act of an abomination. Having gone to the village well to fetch water as punishment, Watika did not take it lightly. In retaliation therefore, he chose to pee in the water before delivering it to Mr Wekoye. It was bad luck when kuka Mutambo caught him in the act. As a responsible person and an elder of the area, it was his duty to ensure that Watika is punished for urinating in the water intended to be brought to the teacher. But who doesn’t know that Wangamati has been doing the same every time that he would be sent to collect water?

I think that was the last time we were to see Watika at school. And like him, we also followed suit that every time we committed a felony at school, we would run away never to return.

Since then, Watika has become a village a nuisance. Last week he was summoned to the clan meeting and publicly lashed for continuously wetting the bed, today he has been reported for refusing to sleep in his house. He now sleeps in his mother’s kitchen with the goats!

Till then, we shall keep you posted!



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