It is referred to us nungunungu in Kiswahili. People from the Lake refer to it as fuko or porcupine.
The story of porcupine as narrated by Jacinta Ndegwa, the National Treasurer became the Centre of reference last week in Nakuru when KEWOTA gathered to chart their 5 year old journey into the future. The former Geography and History teacher recalled this spiky animal’s story that she used to tell her students with glee and nostalgia.
“In winter porcupines remain warm by using quills and stay close to one another insulate themselves despite being a solitary animal. Due to this, they are ultimately able to survive the winter,” she narrated.
She added that metaphorically, the porcupine represents our daily struggles that we face alone but, when a matter that threatens our existence comes, we got to come together to survive.
This is the resolve that KEWOTA members made over the weekend. That despite the many hurdles that members face, there is value in working together in order to make KEWOTA better and greater.
“We are committed to working together and staying more united to make KEWOTA prosper,” said Josephine Wahome, Nairobi Coordinator.