Mission

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Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician resentful of the power of foreigners, tries to exploit the tragedy for his own ends. Boniface, a young church worker, and his wife, Josephine, have just lost their child. They did not make it to the hospital in time, possibly because Michael made a detour to retrieve a letter from the Mission, a letter from Janet, a former volunteer teacher who was the priest's neighbour for two years. It is the old and now dying man Munyasya who has the last laugh, however, when he reveals that he was probably in control of events all along. Thirty years on, the same characters find their lives still influenced by his memory. Mission charts the lives of people who find themselves involved in a momentous event. It discovers how they arrived in that place together and where the event leads them thereafter. Throughout, the culture of people in eastern Kenya, by virtue their own strength of identity, transforms the characters, despite the speed at which the culture is itself changing.

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Mission

Submitted: October 01, 2012

Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician resentful of the power of foreigners, tries to exploit the tragedy for his own ends. Boniface, a young church worker, and his wife, Josephine, have just lost their child. They did not make it to the hospital in time, possibly because Michael made a detour to retrieve a letter from the Mission, a letter from Janet, a former volunteer teacher who was the priest's neighbour for two years. It is the old and now dying man Munyasya who has the last laugh, however, when he reveals that he was probably in control of events all along. Thirty years on, the same characters find their lives still influenced by his memory. Mission charts the lives of people who find themselves involved in a momentous event. It discovers how they arrived in that place together and where the event leads them thereafter. Throughout, the culture of people in eastern Kenya, by virtue their own strength of identity, transforms the characters, despite the speed at which the culture is itself changing. Read Chapter


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