A PLAY BY DAVID MULWA
ABOUT THE PLAY
Inheritance is a play that revolves around individuality and the perspective of development as seen by modern day ‘independent’ African states. In the play, particularly the prologue, we get to find that the King of Kutula wanted real independence for his people. However, the British were unwilling to work with such an open-minded individual. They were looking for a leader who will bend to the whims of the imperialists. The perfect candidate was the son of King Kutula known by the name Lacuna Kasoo.
At the time of King Kutula, the colonial governor- a representative of the British Monarchy- was Governor Thorne Macay. The Governor worked closely with Bishop Menninger- a morally deranged priest who used the bible to confuse and subordinate the people of Kutula. As envoy of the imperial Christian God, he would more than use the church to learn the weakness of the people and report to the Governor who would see to it that the people remained backward and foolish on matters of freedom and individual rights.