The Hyena and the Lion

Here is a story:

The Hyena became friends with the Lion. One day, the hyena bought a female goat. The Lion bought a male goat. After some time living together, the female goat belonging to the Hyena had a child. When the Lion saw the child of the goat which belonged to the Hyena, the Lion said: My goat gave birth to a child. The Hyena didn’t know what to think about it, but he thought to himself: Can a male goat give birth to a child? Immediately, the two began to argue. The Hyena said: It is my goat that had the child. The Lion replied: It was my goat.

When the argument got heated, they sent someone to call the Hare and finally he came. He was not a part of the village and when he arrived at the place he was called to, they asked him why he was so late coming to the Lion’s house. The Hare replied: I am late because I had complications with the birth of my child. The Lion, refusing to believe, said: You are crazy, can a man give birth to a child? The Hare replied: Before I came here, I knew very well why you sent for me. You honourable Lion, why are you surprised that I gave birth since you claim that your goat did the same? The Lion was left with nothing to say. The Hare solved the problem and gave the goat to the Hyena. The friendship of the Lion and the Hyena was over, and since then they hate each other fiercely.

And that is the end of our story.

The moral of the story: each crime will be punished sooner or later. The other thing: Only the person who is caught in the act can be convicted of robbery, however many may be stealing.

The Mambwe proverbs say: A thief only has forty days and then he will be caught (Amanda ya mupupu yaya makumi yani, ndi yasila ala ulalemwa); The end of baldness is the nape of the neck (i.e. it does not stop half-way)(Uwito w’ipala, inkonto); The thief is the one who is caught (Impupu, iyalemwa); The thief is the one who is caught red-handed (Mupupu, apikasa).

Subjects: evidence – red-handed – punishment – inevitability – thieving – rich people


Written by Joseph Simpanzye Manda, Cikunta 4th of April 1984.