Renown author Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o has released his 34th novel, a Gikuyu epic titled Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi (loosely translates to perfect nine: the story of Gikuyu na Mumbi). The book was launched at the Kenya National theatre on Monday, February 11.
Many literature enthusiasts gathered for the event including former Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga who described Ngugi as a friend of many years and lauded him for his consistency in promoting local languages.
“I am currently reading the Kikamba Bible which was translated from Greek by Professor John Mbiti. There is something profound about the mother-tongue. At the judiciary, there is what we call Alternative Justice Systems where people settle issues in the hearing of elders or religious leaders. This method enjoys a lot of support from people and is especially esteemed because of the use of local language. Parties involved have more confidence in getting justice served when the issue is deliberated in a language that can be understood by all,” said Dr Mutunga.