Kabubu Mutua

Kabubu Mutua (b. 2000) grew up in Machakos county, Kenya. His short story, Small Mercies,
was longlisted for the 2021 Afritondo Short Story Prize. It was later published in The Hope, The
Prayer, The Anthem anthology. He is a final year student of computer science.

“Hang him?” and he laughed, kicking the ball from below my feet, dribbling it into the makeshift goal post of arranged stones. Surely, after all these years, the people of Makutano would want something to thaw away the silence which had wrapped itself around the town. Surely, music played from a guitar would be welcome, just in time even, I thought.