The Forbidden Question: A Journey from the World of the Dead

"Dear driver, I will answer any other question but what I will never tell you is where and how I got that money. Never ask me that question again. That is a forbidden question," Gahima said.

“Dear driver, I will answer any other question but what I will never tell you is where and how I got that money. Never ask me that question again. That is a forbidden question,” Gahima said.

They reached Kigali at midnight. Gahima decided to spend the night in Okapi Hotel. The receptionist allowed him to enter with the sack after begging her for about thirty minutes.

She however charged him an extra Frw5, 000 for the sack. She also said it should not be taken to the bedroom and promised him security of his cooking oil. The sack was taken to the store and Gahima went to the bedroom.

“It will be a pure lie to tell anybody that I slept that night. I sat upright on the bed throughout the night. It was wide enough for five fat women to sleep comfortably on it,” Gahima recalled.

Throughout the night he was thinking of how he was to start a new life. He decided to first take the money to the Bank, buy new clothes for himself and his mother.

Therefore, he planned to remain with Frw100, 000 and take the rest to the bank. By six o’clock in the morning he was standing at the reception. After spending five minutes without any body attending to him he got worried. Shortly, a beautiful girl came.

“Mayibobo ushaka iki? (meaning street child, what do you want?).

“Madam, I slept in your hotel last night and I am waiting for the receptionist to give me my bag,” Gahima explained.

“A bag! Why didn’t you go with it to your room?” she yelled.

“It is actually a sack of amamesa, she kept it in the store”.

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