David Odongo investigates the weird habits of a stingy character in Western Kenya
There is a man of his kind in a village in Siaya District. He is called Onyango, but nobody seems to know his second name.
Everybody in the village calls him Onyango-mogo orumo (literally translated, it means Onyango âthe maize flour is over.â)
Besides his mysterious name, Onyango is considered a mean man in almost every aspect of life.
For instance, because Onyango doesnât talk much, villagers consider him a man who is mean with words.
Since he does not take alcohol, Onyango is seen as being mean with his money.
Women think Onyango is mean with his seeds because he doesnât have any affairs outside his marriage like most village men.
Because he is strict with his budget, he does not allow his wife to do any shopping.
His meanness with time manifests itself even in a church where he worships. He walks out of the church if the priest takes five more minutes than usual in concluding the mass.
And although the common mode of transport in the village is a bicycle, Onyango never gives anybody a lift on his bicycle.
To ensure that nobody bothers him with requests for a lift, mogo orumo always has bag of maize flour tied tightly on his bicycles carrier.