An illegal chama is on the loose and it has got Omosh, Gosti and Aileen tangled. How do the three co-exist?
On his way from buying medicine for his sick son, Omosh meets two police officers fighting in the slums, minds his own business but is arrested for been a participant. It is in jail that he meets Gosti, a well-known criminal who becomes his cell buddy. Until his release, Omosh is a bitter man having pleaded guilty to crimes he did not take part in and when freedom comes his way, he goes back home to a demolished house and the surprise of his wife taken by his friend thirsts for murder.
Gosti is trying to fend for his little family (girlfriend) through survival of the streets. His long lost father who abandoned his family is back not to make amends but have his son-the criminal do his dirty work for him-kill. In order to convince his son that he is a friend indeed, he colludes with the police who arrest Gosti and false accusations might make his life futile in prison. His survival- big daddy to the rescue.
Aileen, the beautiful, rich, minister’s daughter in campus faces an uncertain circumstance when her purse is stolen in the busy Nairobery. With no fare and a rude conductor on her neck, “Edward” secures her. It is this act of kindness that makes her fall for him and when she starts to question his movement, truth sets in.
After the mysterious deaths of police starts sweeping the streets like a plague, action is taken to finish the chama who have done nothing wrong. A tag of war ensues leaving the chama more vengeful than ever. If you have read Kombani’s “The Last Villains of Molo,” you know he got a way with murder that leaves a reader been an investigator. Each chapter contains unending suspense, attacks that seem to have no source whatsoever.
Unknown to the chama, Aileen follows a convey of vehicles that has Edward as the leader. It is at the inauguration ceremony where human blood and chanting of cultic songs takes center stage that she decides to sneak out. However, a guard captures her and a confrontation crops up having Edward and Aileen’s father explain the matter. It so happens that the minister in a member of the chama who secured his seat through their massive campaign and of course by threatening his opponent.
Tables however turn when Gosti executes his killing mission by aiming his gun at Aileen, the minister and Edward. His father’s wish been to overthrow the top leaders and take charge, gets Edward shot but survives. Unlikely, Gosti’s father turns his gun at Gosti making the famous movie quote “never leave any witnesses,” known. The events that unfold, have Ben (he resembles the famous Kenyan officer known to warn gangster with his utajua hujui slang) and his force take control and arrests are made.
In a media briefing to congratulate the police detailing how they put an end to the chama, Omosh shows up limping and lets the cat out of the bag- he has been behind the police killings single handedly. His revenge for false arrest, false accusations and his family abandoning him. Yes, that is how Kinyanjui decided to leave me hanging once again!
Den of inequities explores love, family, betrayal, corruption, anger, greed and revenge in the most intriguing manner. If you thought Villains of Molo was twisted, read this and you might have your brain blown away even more. The banker has his way with characters, their behaviors and how they intertwine. He leaves a reader juggling and thirsting for more. It would make a good Kenyan movie as it explores the typical Kenyan life from government leaders acquiring power through rogue means, police brutality on innocent citizens, illegal gangs that terrorize societies, slums way of life, unemployment to universities breeding goons. Am rereading it again!