Remember The Children Of Kisumo
It begins dramatically... in 1969. The Russia Massacre signals Kisumu’s future as the hotbed of political violence. The lakeside city, the capital of Luo Nyanza is burning in the face of police brutality. In the wake of the massacre with people shot in the streets, innocent civilians attacked in their homes, doors crashed, women raped, children clobbered, twelve preteen boys and girls take matters into their own hands and form K1, a terror movement. The Government calls them demonstrators, looters, hooligans, stone throwers, criminals. But to th people of Kisumu, they are freedom fighters.
This is a rare story about the history of Luo oppression. It is a tale of what could have been had the early leaders of this country and of Kisumu exploited the potential for growth that the town was blessed with from the beginning. It's the story of a town, its history, its problems and its people. It is a multi-threaded narrative that travels from year-to-year, and passes from one person to another. Kisumu Municipal government is visited by external invaders, manipulative politicians and crafty businessmen. Governments come and go. Plague of corruption worsen things. And the Kisumu... people stumble through the chaos as best they can in their shared handicaps and biting poverty.
Odongo Rabala endures decades of authoritarian government through violent confrontations that gives him permanent disability. Scolastica Auma makes a troublesome career in the council politics. Dorry stumbles through a trail of hellacious relationships as a prostitute in Kondele. Prof dies in prison and becomes a martyr. Kaunda is rotting in prison but remains a beacon of hope. Owiti relies on the generosity of a city made less kind. Okelo Mariko makes the most of what Kisumu gives him as a famed drama and arts guru. But K1 does not die, the flame continues burning. Ondiek Chilo discovers that however hard he falls, there is still further to go. But however bad it gets, fortunes will still be made and power wielded by businessmen and politicians.
Who said there was no future?