The Lost mzungu and other short Stories- The Alcohol Revolution

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This story will be told in bars across the country, both by drunks and sober a like. It is a tale of courage and pain, of attempts to subvert the wheels of democracy. Moreover some can justly say that a conspiracy to infringe on our freedoms was a foot, but it did not succeed., but just barely. yes, they were going to take the drinks from our hands, to kill our rights to assemble and partake of the blessed brew. But there are things in this world which are greater than any one person, and the attempt by any person to take them away is recipe for rebellion. And in this land, a cold beer at the end of the day is a right we truly hold dear. In fact, Kenyans have a culture of taking a drink anytime of the day, a reflection of the democracy Kenyans have always held dear. yes, this story is about a man who tried to take this fundamnetal right from us, subjecting us to thirst and general oppresion.

I remember the good old days when i was in college, in a small pub in the back alleys of the capital city. There was this revolutionary pub, very small interior aided by several tables and seats outside the pub. It was during this period when the countries premier brewer, Kenya brewery introduced the cost friendly senator keg. before people used to take strong spirits among the favorite brands being Kenya King, napoleon, razz, sapphire, Merry Cane among others. But senator keg allowed those with shallow pockets, especially students like ourselves to have a cold beer at the end of the day. Now you have to understand that for students, a typical day ends at 1 pm and hence the only logical thing to do is to head to a favorite joint and have a beer. Sop any law that bans drinking before 5 is draconian and barbaric, and denies this class of Kenyans a rightly earned session with both friends and beer.


2 responses to “The Lost mzungu and other short Stories- The Alcohol Revolution

  1. I like the beginning. Now I’m off the story and making my own comment…. I think the move by the mp was a stride towards a better Kenya. I have lived in Githurai. I have uncles and cousins and friends there. Most people get money on a daily basis and as early as five a.m. But they can’t even write down the orders or such things before ‘unlocking’. I know people who can’t hold a cup of tea, until he gets one of the cups. I know two people who have gotten to the point where u just fall of the chair, roll and u can’t even support urself. they call it ‘Kastima.’ After that they start halucinating. True story I tell u.

    Tell me how bad it is when you can’t shower, or even look for a girl to date and ur mum has to do it for u. Now that is the situation on the ground. The rule, thogh upsetting the responsible drinker like u and me, would have gone a long way to at least help that one person (and believe me they’re many), who can no longer control their drinking. That friend of mine who’ll ask for 30 shillings to go eat and will not agree to be bought for food, for he knows that the 30 bob can be used to buy several other glasses.

    Just my take though.,

    • regulating the hours does not mean that those people will reduce their drinking, theyll just changet heir drinking patterns to acomodate the change in hours. Therefore, the solution lies not in reducing the hours, it lies else where altogether. where? i dnt know, i am not a sociologist.

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