X-files from the village



The days after a shocking death and rife with rumors have descended upon our village. All fingers are pointing at Wanda and his family. When people are accused of causing harm to others through sorcery, they are isolated from the rest of the community.


Sensing the bad blood between the two families, head of the clan called for the meeting but it flopped. Wanda didn’t attend and Mwalye was still in Bunyole.


Mwalye returned. He was asked to go back with a black Hen and a piece of cloth from what Wamono was wearing before death. We told him about the spirit of Wamono which has been crying in the night since Sunday.


Today the traditional doctor is supposed to arrest the spirit of Wamono and return it home. The spirit is said to be roaming around Bumboi, probably that is where Wamono lost his spirit. People around the Bumboi confirmed that a spirit has been wailing every night. With the bwana mukubwa (traditional healer) some rituals were performed and the spirit was carried home.


Women from Buwalasi come to stay, they don’t know anything like divorce because normally when they leave their parents’ home, all their belongings are either destroyed or given to their younger siblings. They have a common phrase of “Wanjikubako kewambona mujiboni” meaning before falling for me didn’t you see my defections.


The traditional healers were hosted and throughout the night they were conjuring the spirit to come out and reveal the person that took him. We are getting close.


We are not so enthusiastic about Sunday, we lost a friend. Today A young man was given food to take into a clan shrine but the child ate the food and when the old man asked him where the food had gone and he claimed that the ancestors may have eaten the food.

Till next week, we shall keep you posted.

Mr. Denis Wabuyi is an accountant, researcher and writer.  You can Google search some of his work.  He writes the X-Files from the village every Thursday.

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