The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Bakayimbira Return With New Play

Life can never be a bed of roses. Three girls suffer at the hands of their stepmother to the extent of wishing they are saved by death.

Following the death of their mother, their father decides to remarry. However, the new wife does not make life easier for anyone; not even her husband whom she often quarrels with. This forces him to at times stay at his office where he spends the night, wishing that one day, a tsunami comes and washes her away.

This hard life is depicted in Bakayimbira Dramactors' new play, Mututte Nalwo Luggwe, showing at Bat Valley theatre. The play depicts a wife and mother who is so harsh, with tough rules that remind you of Animal Farm. One of the rules is that she is the only one supposed to eat eggs and milk -leaving others to have silverfish (mukene) for dinner. She also creates a prayer where everyone has to praise her every morning and evening.

The play also sucks in the landlord, who uses his influence to snatch his tenants' wives. At every end of scene, the actors pose a question suggesting that perhaps they should all be killed to mark the end of this generation.

Like when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tries to demolish houses that are built without approved plans, the owners tell the law enforcers to kill them instead.

The play has a scene where a police officer threatens everyone with a gun. This play explores realities of life; mistreatment and betrayal. The victims who are tortured and harassed get tired of this suffering and express their misery in a song asking to be heard.

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