The boys are in the rave in carnivore Nairobi. The alcohol is flowing, tusker malt, everyone is happy. At the same time there is another rave in korogocho slums. The boys are kicking it. The changaa is flowing. The changaa den is filled to capacity. There is no gender discrimination. Both women and men are drinking.
The Changaa den is someones house. Between 6:00 am in the morning, and 10:00 pm in the evening, the furniture is moved to accommodate the customer. Then, between 10:00 pm to 6:00 am in the morning the den becomes a family and the furniture is moved around again so that the family can have their meals and watch TV.
Everyone is happy. Music all around both at carnivore and in the slum. With time, the alcohol begins catching up and everyone starts going home. The rave starts emptying.
Mr Toma is in the changaa den with others including his neighbors who are from the Kamba community. Mr Toma has drunk all his money and the Kamba boys throw him two more cups of changaa worth 60 kenya shillings. Mr Toma flashes then starts staggering home. The Kambas are very happy they also start traveling home on foot.
Mr Toma arrives home first and throws himself on the bed and blacks out. The Kamba boys arrive approximately 20 minutes after him. They are both in a good mood and are talking a lot in their community language. They live right next door to Mr Toma. They then start doing their thing. They are of the assumption that Mr Toma is too drunk to hear what they are doing and anyway they are friends they bought him alcohol.
Somehow Mr Toma hears noises of people having sex coming from the other room. Mr Toma wakes up to listen more then the ears of the dog stand, so that he can really listen.
At first he thinks a man is sleeping with a woman. He starts feeling jealous because he is sleeping alone. Then he listens more closely and realizes it is not a man sleeping with a woman, but two men sleeping with each other. Then it hits him, they are homosexuals. By the time he is reaching this conclusion he is fully awake and sober the alcohol has evaporated from his head.
He says to himself: “they are homosexuals”. He starts banging on the wall and shouting. The two kamba boys stop and realize they have been found out. They say to themselves the slum knows our secret.
Mr Toma comes out of the house and starts banging on the neighbors doors and shouting. The whole slum neighborhood wakes up. Then more noise, the two kamba boys try to retaliate and argue back, but they are overwhelmed.
Mr Toma goes into his house and produces the constitution of Kenya, reads aloud to the slum congregation the part of the constitution that prohibits homosexuality in Kenya, then starts preaching and teaching the crowd. A speech about the illegality of homosexuality even in the eyes of God. “How will children be born if two men sleep with each other or two women sleep with each other? sex can only be between a man and a woman” he says in sheng.
The Kamba boys are humiliated and embarrassed. The train is approaching, the railway tracks are close by, the train is loud. The Kamba boys make a run for it and disappear into the night. The slum dwellers look for them but they are gone. Everyone starts congratulating Mr Toma and then go back to their houses. Mr Toma also goes back to his house.
Before daylight the Kamba boys sneak back collect their things and move out never to be seen again in that part of the slum.
Two months later Mr Toma starts hearing noises the noises are loudest at night. After a week, Mr Toma is having problems sleeping at night. After two weeks of not being able to sleep, his mental state starts deteriorating. If a Human being cannot not sleep…….
Mr Toma is now complaining to the neighbors that they are making too much noise and he cannot sleep. He starts blaming the neighbors. There are many fights and quarrels. Some of the tenants even move out.
Mr Toma is getting desperate. He would like the noises to stop. He starts explaining his situation and seeking help from the neighbors then he becomes very irritating and starts quarreling with the neighbors.
Some of the neighbors in frustration tell him the truth. “There are no noises at night. You are hearing your own things”. They ask him: “what kind of noises are you hearing?” And he says: “the noise of a cat growling and scratching”. They cannot agree.
Mr Toma has a friend who is like a brother and is truly concerned about the situation. So he suggests to Mr Toma: “let me sleep in your house and then I can hear the noises that you are hearing. Mr Toma agreed with the friend. That day they worked (mkokoteni).
When evening came they executed the plan, the plan was to go to the changaa den to drink some changaa then go home.
At the Changaa den everyone is sitting around the table. The mama pima is distributing alcohol. Then a quarrel erupts. The mama pima is with relatives. They are kisiis and they are speaking a lot of Kisii comunity language. Everyone is raising their voices. The the older lady is defeated and only the younger kisii lady is talking. The older lady is quiet.
The younger Kisii lady talked for approximately 30 minutes with a loud voice. The older Kisii lady was silent.
Mr Toma and the friend drunk the changaa and went home to sleep. The friend was too drunk and slept like a baby. He did not hear a sound. Mr Toma listened to the noises the whole night by himself. He could not sleep.
The next morning the friend met the older Kisii lady in the street. She asked him: “do you remember me?” and the friend said “yes” and she walked way.