KAFIR

Jesse Came Athi stories.

FADE IN

EXT. 12TH STREET EASTLEIGH – DAY

Street boys can be seen sniffing glue while others are wrestling each other and throwing deadly punches at each other to settle disputes among themselves. Each pavement of every building in this street is filled with people, seated while facing the other side of the street some chewing khat while others are selling it. Hussein Hajji enters the street riding a motorcycle, parks it and immediately confronts one of the khat chewers known as Munene.

HAJJI:

“Why are you trying to tamper with my sister?”

MUNENE:

“I’m not. We’re in love.”

HAJJI:

“Didn’t I tell you that no nywelengumu(hard hair) or  kafir (non-muslim) can marry my sister? You stupid fool , can’t you get your fellow nywele ngumu? Go and find a fellow Kafir to marry fool.”

MUNENE:

“There is no need to talk to me like that Hajji. Your sister threatened to commit suicide if I leave her. Do you want that?”

HAJJI:

“You  kafir will know that I’m not your mother. Let me see you with my sister again and you’ll know why fish can’t live in dry land. Acha kujitoa kafara mtu wangu(stop sacrificing yourself to the devil my friend), ask everywhere and you’ll hear that no kafir has ever married a righteous person and lived. You’re neither a Somali nor a Muslim. Please flock together with birds of your feather. You know where those kafirs called christians congregate.”

MUNENE:

“Man don’t threaten me. What will you do? The one you should tell to stop following me is your sister because she’s stuck on me. Maybe she has seen that men of her tribe are not being reasonable when they hate other tribes for no reason and follow religion instead of God.”

HAJJI:

“Ooh so now it’s become tribalism? What do you think these nywele ngumu tribes will do to me?”

KHAT CHEWER 1:

“Man don’t insult all of us. If it’s Munene you are talking to talk to him alone, but don’t insult us in general?”

KHAT CHEWER 2:

“Eeh, these guys have a habit of disrespecting us. You! Hajji! We’re in our country and you’re from Somalia. Even worse you’re a refugee and you’re boasting. You can’t even hustle by yourself, you depend on dollars that you’re sent by your fellow immigrants in the USA.”

HAJJI:

“The problem with you kafirs is you don’t see the signs of heavy rain early. That’s why bullets rain on you. FYI I’m a Somali from Garissa Kenya, so don’t dare call me a refugee.”

KHAT CHEWER 2  (suddenly stands up and holds Hajji by the collar).

KHAT CHEWER 2:

“What will you do? Man don’t come here threatening Nesh,Nesh can sleep with any girl that is willing to do it with him.”

(Hajji is punched in the face suddenly probox cars pull up infront of them and out comes men of Somali origin each with a gun in his hand. They start shooting the khat chewers. Munene hides in a Khat shop while Hajji jumps into his bike and rides away. After ensuring that every one is down ,the Somali men get back to their cars and drive off. Minutes later policemen come only to find Munene,who is taken to the station for questioning).

FADE OUT

FADE IN

INT. PANGANI POLICE STATION– NIGHT

Munene is sitting at the corner of a lonely cell . He is in deep thought and is breathing fiercely. He has been restless since the police took him in earlier today. What worries him is the fact that no one has visited. Just then a policeman announces that he has a visitor. Munene is overwhelmed when he sees Sabrina, his girlfriend (also Hajji’s sister), comes in full of tears and embraces him.

SABRINA:

“Why do they have to make you suffer my love? I think we should run away to a place where its just us two.”

MUNENE:

“How can you think of that when we are not even sure if they will let me out?”

SABRINA:

“I stole money from Dad I can bail you out.”

MUNENE:

“Really baby?”

SABRINA:

“Yes baby I cannot stand them rejecting you. You know I want you to marry me. I want to have babies by you.”

MUNENE:

“Oh Sabrina,you’re the sweetest thing that ever happened to me. There is no way I can pay you back for your understanding, your love, is true.”

(Sabrina bailed Munene out. And together the two lovers eloped to a far away land where no one could ever find them. And there they started a new life, had many kids and lived happily ever after).

The end.

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