BETRAYAL IN THE CITY BY FRANCIS IMBUGA GUIDE

THE TITLE

BETRAYAL IN THE CITY BY FRANCIS IMBUGA GUIDE . The title, Betrayal in the City, fits the events of the play as this is what the people of Kafira have to live with daily.


Betrayal in the City reflects the political, cultural and personal betrayal witnessed in the fictitious state of Kafira. Boss the head of state works alongside other strong cronies and sycophants like Mulili, Tumbo, Kabito, and Nicodemo to let down their citizens through ;abuse of power,  negligence of duty, senseless killings, and inefficiency to create a nation of hopelessness, corruption and disregard to the local citizens hence betrayal in the nation of Kafira.


The government is run by scandalous and corrupt leaders and under whose leadership the hopes of independence for the people of Kafira are dashed.


Betrayal in the City is characterized by all sorts of ills in society, namely: murder, misrule, tribalism, Nepotism, corruption, highhandedness, inefficiency, incompetence and a general atmosphere of rebellion and defiance.


As the title suggests, betrayal breeds suspicion and intolerance and this creates a highly unstable environment for decent and safe living. One cannot safely determine who to trust with information hence the general feeling of betrayal among the people.


THE SETTING

Betrayal in the City was first published in 1976 at a time when African states had attained their independence and were undergoing serious problems in adjusting to self-rule.


The play set in the fictional country of Kafira, ruled by Boss, who surrounds  himself with kinsmen  like Mulili and the sharing-the-pie government officials, Tumbo, Kabito and Nicodemo.


Betrayal in the city is a perfect example of many failed states in the third world, and especially in Africa.


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