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Part 2 of Kintu, the First Person

When Nambi, breathless from running, came in sight of her house, she saw Walumbe sitting on the step, holding the bag of chicken feed on his lap.

“When I stopped to see you, I found you had left home. Where did you go, my sister, without a word to anyone?” asked Walumbe in a sad voice. “I wish to go with you.”

Nambi did not know how she could refuse her brother’s wishes. She motioned him to come along, and he brought the bag of millet with him. They met up with Kintu where he awaited his new wife at the side of the road, and the three proceeded on their way back to earth.

Soon, Kintu and Nambi added children to their household. One day, Walumbe came to Kintu and asked if he might bring one of the children home to his own house to help him with the chores. Kintu, ever mindful of Ggulu’s warning about his ill-fated son, immediately refused Walumbe’s request. Walumbe became very angry and stormed away.

That night, he crept back to Kintu’s dwelling and killed one of the children. Kintu, beside himself with grief, traveled to heaven to complain to Ggulu. The father-in-law reminded Kintu that he had been warned about Walumbe. However, Ggulu sent another of Nambi’s brothers, Kayikuuzi, with Kintu to try and convince Walumbe to return to heaven.

When Walumbe refused his brother’s plea to leave earth, Kayikuuzi tried to capture Walumbe. A frightening battle ensued, and just as Kayikuuzi was about to get a grip on Walumbe, the ill-fated brother disappeared, evaporating into the earth. Kayikuuzi seized hold of a stout stick and commenced digging, trying to find Walumbe. Every time the man reappeared, he escaped underground before Kayikuuzi could capture him. Some say that the famous caves of Ttanda in Ssingo are the remains of Kayikuuzi’s digging – his name means “he who digs holes.”

Despite repeated efforts, Kayikuuzi failed to capture his wayward brother and eventually returned to heaven. Kintu and Nambi were forced to have more and more children to replace those that Walumbe – he who causes sickness and death – took away from them.  This story inspired the Kiganda saying, “Abaana ba Kintu tebalifa kuggwaawo,” which means Kintu’s children (the Baganda people) will never be driven from the earth.

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