Teacher in chapati scuffle fired
| November 12th 2012
By Cosmas Maruko
A school in Rongo District is in the news after a drunken untrained teacher, who is still a student in one of the public universities, got fired for running away with his colleagues’ dinner.
The teacher, on vacation, is a Linguistics student (Kiswahili) at a university in Mombasa. He had been drinking with the school bus driver in one of the pubs in Rongo town before they parted ways. He arrived in the school at around 7pm and headed straight to the staffroom to have supper with his colleagues, as is the norm.
However, he found that the cook had only brought chapati and had gone for the beans to complete the meal. He wondered why his colleagues were still waiting yet they could start with what was present. He held the bowl of chapati and enquired whether the other teachers were satisfied.
“What are you guys waiting for? Are you satisfied?” he asked while munching a piece.
An argument ensued and the others stepped forward to restrain him from misbehaving. That is when hell broke loose. He took off at high speed with the whole bowl towards the teachers’ quarters.
Sensing they might as well forfeit their supper, his colleagues pursued him. But along the way, students who had not yet settled in class for evening preps also gave chase, grabbed some of the food and melted into the darkness. According to one of them, such a meal is hard to come by — especially in school — and the mouth-watering delicacy could not be wasted.
“To get such a meal in school is not easy. That is why we had to exploit this chance that came our way,” one student said.
The inebriated teacher locked himself in his room and dared anyone with guts to forcefully get in.
“Kama wewe ni mwanamume, jaribu kuingia (force your way in if you are man enough),” he slurred.
His colleagues got reinforcement from the students and broke into the room. He turned violent, kicking and boxing them but they managed to restrain him and tied him with ropes against the bed and left him to sleep.
Unfortunately, the chapatis were all gone and so they sadly trooped back to the staffroom to force the beans down.
A source says the teacher is an inveterate drunkard and is always violent whenever in such a state. That notwithstanding, he was shown the door the next morning.
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