Boomerang by Temba Magorimbo

Kangira loves the woods. With a tree stuck between his knees, his piercing short handle axe like tool working, his files and other equipment he creates stunning carvings that even the white ruling class come down to his rural home to see. There is a clash when his uncles the chief passes away. According to their customs and culture, Kangira is the next in line but someone else side steps him and claims the crown.

Disappointed, he moves homes down about a hundred kilometres away to start his own clan. Years later he is ailing. Who fathered Richmond adopted by Kangira’s son and a young man who is at home in carpentry and wood carving as well? Why is there such a coincidence?

There is a young lady called Judith in love with Wallace. But why does a man dump a young and lovely wife hundreds of kilometres away in a rural enclave where the facilities are just basic for two years almost. She loses her pregnancy. Years later who is responsible when she falls pregnant in the absence of Wallace?

Judith’s daughter is called Ndanatsiwa. She grows to cause a family circus and furore. She is pregnant at fourteen of a young boy aged nineteen who melts when the fire gets hot. Later on she is into her early thirties and unmarried when she meets Richmond. She worries about Richmond’s past.

One of Kangira’s blood brothers has a son who likes to remind Richmond that he is out of contention in the family will. Ndanatsiwa has a relative or a friend who is spilling out all the beans each time she has a serious date who starts considering marriage. She consoles her misfortunes in her friend Lydia Shashe who is a ravishingly beautiful nursing sister with a degree. Ndanatsiwa is a legal practitioner.

She falls out with Richmond. There is a party, someone has had too much to drink and they berate Richmond on his bachelor status at his age and that he is not of the Kangira family, he was adopted. The cats fly out of the bag and the skeletons out of the closets. Another drunkard pin points the paternal and maternal side of Richmond.

What a firework?

Now that Richmond knows his past and Ndanatsiwa stumbles on her paternity, will it change their future?

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About the Author

Temba Magorimbo was born on 09 August 1966, Tuesday in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in Gwelo (then) now Gweru. His father was a British South Africa Police (BSAP) officer from 1960 to 1977 while his mother was a housewife. He grew up circulating Gwelo’s police camps like Mkoba, Mutapa, Old Camp and Monomutapa as the family moved residences until he started school in 1973 at Bumburwi Primary in Mkoba for a term. The family moved to Senga from 2nd term 1973 until he concluded his primary education in 1979. He did his high school briefly (two weeks) at Nashville High in Gweru before moving to Ascot in 1980 until 1983. He is currently married to Itayi with whom they have two daughters. He is a government bursar since 1989.

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