Regina - Betrayal in the City Characterization and Role

Regina is sister to Mosese and Jusper Wendo’s girlfriend. Her concern for her brother and boyfriend is responsible for her confrontational nature. She pleads with Jusper as well as Mosese to co-opertate with the authorities.


She is so afraid of the laid down rules that she demands that Jusper removes the red gown as it makes him appear dangerous.
She fears that he might be killed for being a ‘red guard’

She pleads with Jusper not to talk of revenge for the death of his parents and brother. She says, ‘Jusper, you promised.
You promised to be a good boy. Do you now talk of revenge?” (pg 33)

Jusper tells her that she seems to have lost her fighting spirit like everyone else in the street.


She refuses to succumb to Boss’ compromising demands and escapes by jumping from a ten foot high window.


She believes that Tumbo will speak to Boss on her behalf.
She is convinced that boss will replace the political prisoners to mark the visit of foreign head of state.

When Jusper asks her, ‘do you think he means it?” she responds, ‘he does.
He says he will be in charge of the whole thing himself. And don’t forget he is Boss’ right hand man.’ (pg 37)


  • Regina highlights major problems affecting Kafira, which is a disillusioned citizenry.
    She berates her boyfriend Jusper for being critical of Boss, According to her, nothing good will come out of Jusper’s continued antagonism towards the government.
  • She is willing to allow the status quo to remain out of fear for the well-being of her loved ones.

  • She pleads with Jusper to stop his agitation, pointing out that Jusper and her brother Mosese are the only people she has in this world, but Mosese was in and that left Jusper to either build or destroy her. (pg 32)
  • She brings the character of as traitorous. Out pd good will she agrees to meet him only for Boss to try to rape her.
  • She also brings put the portrayal of Jusper as principled and selfless.
  • Through her, the author successfully brings out the
    themes of betrayal, sexual immorality and misuse of power.
  • The author’s effective use of stylistic devices such as satire and humour can also be attributed to her.

  • Betrayal in the City by Francis Imbuga

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