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Crime in Mukula

By Stephen Ssenkaaba

Added 9th January 2018 11:14 AM

It is a tale of running battles, intrigue and bad blood that tears a once thriving village of Mukula.

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It is a tale of running battles, intrigue and bad blood that tears a once thriving village of Mukula.

PIC: Twaha Masanga Sulyman, the author of Crime Is Bad. (Credit: Denis Nsubuga)

BOOK REVIEW

Title: Crime Is Bad

Author: Twaha Masanga Sulyman

Available at: MK Publishers, Angelina and Aristock Booklex, Amazon.com

Price: sh14,000

That crime is bad is cliché. Except this reality sinks in better when put in more graphic terms. In this case, a book. Twaha Masanga Sulyman, a Kampala-based author has illustrated the disastrous effects of crime in his latest book Crime Is Bad.

The 84-page book is filled with interesting short narratives of people involving themselves in crime and paying with their own lives or with their own property.

The story revolves around several characters namely Nkusi, his partner in crime, Gafitira and their sponsor Mukamana. Their victim is a man called Nkunda whose family is attacked and murdered under suspicious circumstances. It later emerges that an old grudge between Nkunda and Mukamana could have led to the former’s attack. We see how the Police and law enforcement officers such as Corporal Rwigyema and Corporal Ineza do their best to pursue the criminals, but with only modest success. Nkusi and Nkunda (interesting rhyme) indeed outsmart the Police and escape to a distant island.

Even when followed there, these two cunning criminals somehow elude law enforcement. It is a tale of running battles, intrigue and bad blood that tears a once thriving village of Mukula. A lot of risks are taken but none of it is able to save Nkusi and his accomplice from the long arm of the law.

It is a book written in a simple style, enabling readers of all levels to follow and enjoy the story. The dark themes in the book are lighted up with a comic, almost thriller movie pace of the story that keeps the reader asking for more. Others might call the subject matter simplistic though. But that will be left to the individual readers to determine. This is the kind of book that many people should be able to access.

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