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Adhabu Punishment Ukukandwa

Written by Adelheid Marie Bwire

Illustrated by Melany Pietersen

Translated by Monica Shank Lauwo, Lauwo George

Read by Lauwo George

Language Kiswahili

Level Level 2

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Siku moja, mama alileta matunda mengi.

One day, mama got a lot of fruit.

Ubushiku bumo bamaayo balikwete ifisabo ifingi.


“Tutakula matunda lini?” tunauliza. “Tutakula matunda leo jioni,” mama anasema.

“When can we have some fruit?” we ask. “We will have the fruit tonight,” says mama.

Twalipwishe, “Ni lilali tuleelyako ifisabo?” Bamaayo abati, “Tuleelya ifisabo ubushiku.”


Kaka yangu Rahim ni mlafi. Anaonja onja matunda yote. Anakula matunda mengi.

My brother Rahim is greedy. He tastes all the fruit. He eats a lot of it.

Ndume yandi Rahim alifunuka. Aletoma fyonse ifisabo. Alile ifingi.


“Angalia Rahim alichokifanya!” mdogo wangu analalamika kwa sauti. “Rahim ni mtundu na mchoyo,” ninasema.

“Look at what Rahim did!” shouts my little brother. “Rahim is naughty and selfish,” I say.

“Moneni ifyo Rahim acitile.” kandume yandi kapunda. Nayasuka ati, “Rahim toomfwa kabili aliitemwa.”


Mama amekasirishwa na Rahim.

Mother is angry with Rahim.

Bamaayo balifulilwe Rahim saana.


Sisi pia tumekasirishwa na Rahim. Lakini Rahim haombi msamaha.

We are also angry with Rahim. But Rahim is not sorry.

Bonse naifwe twalifulilwe Rahim. Nomba Rahim tasakamene.


“Hutamwadhibu Rahim?” mdogo wangu anauliza.

“Aren’t you going to punish Rahim?” asks little brother.

Akamwaice kandi kaipwishe ati, “Tamwamukande Rahim.”


“Rahim, muda si mrefu utajuta,” mama anaonya.

“Rahim, soon you will be sorry,” warns mama.

Bamaayo bamusokele abati, “Calakubipila nomba line.”


Rahim anaanza kuhisi kuumwa.

Rahim starts to feel sick.

Rahim atampile ukumfwa ukulwala.


“Tumbo langu linauma sana,” Rahim ananong’ona.

“My tummy is so sore,” whispers Rahim.

Rahim atotosha ati, “Ulufumo lwandi lwalakalipa.”


Mama alijua hili litatokea. Matunda yanamwadhibu Rahim!

Mama knew this would happen. The fruit is punishing Rahim!

Bamaayo balishibe ukuti ifi filecitika. Ifisabo fileekanda Rahim.


Baadaye, Rahim anatuomba msamaha. “Kamwe sitakuwa mlafi tena,” anaahidi. Na sote tunamwamini.

Later, Rahim says sorry to us. “I will never be so greedy again,” he promises. And we all believe him.

Panuma, Rahim alombele ubwelelo kuli ifwe. “Nshakafunuke nakabili.”Alaya. Bonse twalimusuminishe.


Written by: Adelheid Marie Bwire
Illustrated by: Melany Pietersen
Translated by: Monica Shank Lauwo, Lauwo George
Read by: Lauwo George
Language: Kiswahili
Level: Level 2
Source: Punishment from African Storybook
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