To raise money for his daughter’s school fees, Rafiki targets Manu’s Hire Purchase shop for robbery. The shop owner, Manu Patel, can’t believe anyone would want to rob him, let alone the guitar man everyone knows as Rafiki due to his happy and friendly disposition. Rafiki apologises for the robbery, but he is desperate enough to risk losing friends and going to prison for life. His wife is his life. Manu opens both the safe and the cash register to show he has no money at all. The shop is bankrupt and about to close down for good. His customers have disappeared without paying, the bank is on his case and his business partner, his brother Manish, wants to kill himself over their situation. Rafiki moved by their story, offers to help them find their debtors and collect the money they owe. The two men, former robber and victim, strike a deal. However, the details of their cooperation, including Rafiki’s commission, are left so vague they can only lead to serious confrontation later. Manu’s list of loan defaulters is a mile long and includes some of the town’s poorest residents. Most of them have changed their residence, their names and IDs and gone underground. Besides, some of the jikos, fridges, TVs and radios they bought on credit have changed hands so many times it is impossible to track them down. Others have broken down and ended up on the garbage heap behind the house or been recycled by the garbage collectors. Some defaulters have since died, or don’t want to be found. The rest have no money, but will not part with their appliances, and are ready to defend ‘their’ jikos, sofas and TVs with pangas and guard dogs. To make Rafiki’s job more challenging, nearly all of his friends, their relatives and his relatives, including his mother-in-law, are on Manu’s most wanted list. So is the Chief, and he has the power to have Rafiki arrested and detained without trial. Besides, now Laikipia women want to elect Rafiki’s wife for county Governor. To get enough votes she must get Rafiki to quit his now notorious real job. Having found the first ‘real job’ of his life, Rafiki is reluctant to give it up.Über den Autor:
Meja Mwangi began his writing career in the 1970s. When he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick in 1973, Mwangi was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation. Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing novels, short stories, children's books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi's works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of his novels.
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