Mbita Hagati Itagayaga – Shimba Na Negele

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

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

Shimba na Negele bhali bhunwani gete. Bhalibhazengile bhuli ng’wene ha ng’wakwe. Wali bhuzenganwa wa kasegeno hado. Shimba yajaga kuhwima, ulu yakabhulaga ndimu yenha nyama ha kaya wang’witana nsumba ng’wiye, “Negele, nzugu ng’wana wa mayu tulye nyama,” Waja bhakalya. Na Negele nayo yajaga kusumila bhuki, yenha ha kaya wang’witana nsumba ng’wiye, “Nzugu bhageshi tung’we bhuki nenha,” nayo yaja bhakang’wa. Bhakikala bhusumba wa shiku ningi.

Ja lushiku lumo Sayayi ubhasanga bhalilomela, huna lulu Sayayi akabhabhuja mhayo, ubhabhuja giki, “Aliyo ng’witogilwe no,” Nabho bhuhaya, “Ng’hana.”

Sayayi ubhawila giki, “Mbita hagati itagayaga (nulu itakilanhyiagwa) mulikenya duhu, nulu bhusumba wing’we bhulacha.” Bhulema bhuhaya, “Bhutalacha.”

Sayayi ubhaleka umola ajile kaya. (Wamolaga kuja kaya) gashinaga ugabheja isala lya gubhabhulagija bhusumba wabho. Wahayugashoka ku lushiku lungi ukashikila hagati ya bhuzenganwa wabho, atashikile ha ng’wa Shimba nulu ha Negele, hagati wibhanda.

Kitumo kali akajile kabho, muna Shimba wali waja kuhwima, nu muna negele kujusumila bhuki. Shimba ikanguha kushoka kufuma kuhwima.

Sayayi wamalaga kwibhanda hagati ya bhuzenganwa wabho. Shimba wahayushika ha kaya ung’witana nsumba ng’wiye, “Negele, nzugu ng’wana wa mayu nenha nyama tulye.” Sayayi nang’hwe wigemeja kiti Negele ulema, “ii amanyama gako ganinogije galyage bhebhe ng’wenikili natizaga unene.

Kakanza katakulile muna Negele ushoka nang’hwe. Kitumo kali kajile kabho, ung’witana nsumba ng’wiye, “Bhageshi nzugu lulu nenha bhuki tung’we.”

Sayayi wigemeja kiti Shimba ushosha “Namalaga kukwitana walemaga kwidika, ng’waga mabhuki gako natizaga ko unene.”

Henaho aho Sayayi wabhona wabhabhulagija ubhusumba wabho utoloka uja kaya. Bhusumba wa Negele na Shimba bhucha.

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