The song would go like this:
Tsindeindei wera khu murembe (mumps remain on Red Hot Poker Tree)
Tsindeindei wera khu murembe (mumps remain on Red Hot Poker Tree)
Tsindeindei wera khu murembe (mumps remain on Red Hot Poker Tree)

This exercise is repeated until one feels relieved, and then they would leave the site quietly and go home without uttering a word nor without looking behind until you reach the House/home. The remedy would take like two days before they Mumps disappear.

THE SAME TREE WAS USED TO KEEP PETTY THIEVES AWAY (Home Guard)
If there was a notorious petty thief fond of stealing other people’s goods/items, money etc., the affected person would get a twig/branch from ‘Omurembe’ tree/plant, then would strike the twig on the spot where the stolen item was lying or had been placed before the act, after a day or two, the thief would complain of stomach swelling/headaches and then the thief would come out to reveal the act of stealing.  
Traditionally the thief would then be required to compensate the affected owner before the remedy can be administered by medicinal Man to reverse the situation. Failure to do that, the suspected thief would easily die from that act. If the thief agrees to compensate the owner then the tree was then uprooted with all its roots.  This vice at that time contributed to near extinction of the tree where this was practice i.e. Western and Nyanza regions. 
This act kept people away from unnecessary theft activities in society for fear of what would befall them. However, in the recent past, one would walk far and wide without finding this tree that was very common. It is sad to say that this plant that was common in parts of Western and Nyanza is near extinction. One can walk far and wide without coming across this tree. In other words this should be declared endangered species. Where it can be found it should be preserved for indigenous knowledge for the future generation to learn from the past.

Story Prepared By:
John Amulaku Librarian – NMK Main Library

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