39. Wa Masala Atabhunagwa Nigo

Collected by: Don Sybertz, Scanned by: Cephas Yao Agbemenu

With special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African proverbs,Sayings and stories)

Mu shiku ja kale waliho ngosha umo mu si ya Bhulima ya Ng`wanza. Mushiku ja ng`wa Ntemi Lunyalula, ngosha ng`wenuyo lina lyakwe witanagwa Matambo (kupela nhambo) Walabhahebhile bhose bhupeji, hangi wali nkali wabhulugu.

Basi wajaga alipela kubhanishi kujubhabhulaga. Ntemi walantogilwe no. Hangi ng’wenumo kaliho ka munhu kajishegena, kakushimizila madako. Nang’hwe walatogilwe kwesa isolo nu Ntemi hangi walantogilwe no iki wanungujaga.

Lushiku lumo Matambo wiza hikulu wamalaga kubhabhulaga bhanishi bhatandatu kubhulugu. Wandya lulu kwihaya bhupeji hali Ntemi na kundalahija Jishegena. Jishegena bhebhe utadulile kupela nulu hado nimo gwako kwigasha na kwesa isolo.

Basi huna lulu Jishegena ulema uhaya, “Bhebhe matambo nakukilile bhupeji, bhose abhali hikulu bhandya kunseka Jishegena. Huna lulu Jishegena upelana na uhaya tupele lulu ulu ukunishiga.

Tupelage ng’ombe. Jishegena upiga ng’ombe ibhili. Matambo ng`ombe inne. Huna lulu ngoma ubhahamila, chuu kako (kako lulu) Matambo winga haho na haho Wandya kupela.

Jishegena upela kuja ku magulu ga ng’wa Ntemi kunu aling’wila Matambo, “Bhebhe ulimpela ntemi bhuli, ulu bhose tukampela Ntemi akusaga na nani.” Basi bhanhu bhandya kuseka na kunyegela Jishegena iki Wampelelaga Ntemi. Ntemi nang’hwe ung’winha jishegena wanangwa na ng’ombe. Wa masala atabhunagwa nigo.

Kiswahili: Mwenye akili hazidiwi Mzigo

Siku za zamani alikuwepo mwanamume mmoja katika kijiji cha Bulima Mwanza. Zilikuwa siku za utawala wa mfalme Lunyalula, mwanamume huyo jina lake aliitwa matambo (kukimbia mbio). Alikuwa anawazidi wote ukimbiaji, tena alikuwa mkali wa vita.

Alienda kwa kukimbia kwa maadui kwenda kuwaua. Mfalme alikuwa anampenda mno. Tena humo kulikwa na mtu kiwete, wa kutembelea matako. Naye alikuwa anapenda kucheza bao na mfalme, tena mfalme alikuwa anampenda mno kwa vile alikuwa anamfariji.

Siku moja Matambo alifika Ikulu akiwa amemaliza kuwaua maadui sita kwenye vita. Alianza kujitamba ukimbiaji kwa mfalme, na kumdharau Jishegena, ambaye ni mtu atembeae kwa matako. “Jishegena wewe huwezi kukimbia hata kidogo kazi yako ni kukaa na kucheza bao.”

Basi Jishegena alikataa akisema, “Wewe Matambo nakupita mbio, wote waliokuwepo pale Ikulu walianza kumcheka Jishegena. Ndipo jishegena alikasilika akasema “tukimbie basi kama utaniacha.”

Tupatie ng’ombe. Jishegena aliahidi ng’ombe mbili. Matambo ng’ombe nne. Ndipo basi ngoma ikapigwa, akawaambia, “Chuu hako (hako basi), Matambo aliondoka hapo hapo akaanza kukimbia.

Jishegena alikimbilia kwenye miguu ya mfalme huku akimwambia, Matambo, “Wewe kwa nini unamkimbia Mfalme, kama wote tutamkimbia, atabaki na nani?” Basi watu walianza kucheka na kumfurahia Jishegena kwa vile amemkimbilia mfalme. Mfalme naye alimpa Jishegena, viongozi “wanangwa” na ng’ombe. Mwenye akili azidiwi mzigo.

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