They are peas in a pod

Sunday October 6 2019

Elisha Kato Kissiti and his twin Elijah Wasswa

Elisha Kato Kissiti and his twin Elijah Wasswa Kissiti are singers with Canaan Gents, a gospel Acapella outfit. 

By MARIA IMMACULATE OWECHI

Elisha Kato Kissiti

How would you describe Elijah Wasswa Kissiti?
He is outgoing, a go-getter, down-to-earth and a perfectionist who loves to worship Jesus.
He also loves singing and cooking.
What is your earliest memory of him?
It was during those times when we wore similar outfits that made it difficult for people to differentiate us.
As we grew older, we promised each other to avoid this but last Sunday we broke the promise by accidentally wearing the same colour of shirts. Since all of the other clothes were dirty, we had no choice but to go out like that.
What nickname did you have for him?
Back then I used to call him Wudz instead of Wasswa because of his favourite actor Elijah Woods in Lord Of the Rings Movie.

What is he most scared of?
He is most scared of losing. That is why he always works hard to make sure his team is winning at all costs.
What is the craziest thing he did as a child?
When we were about eight years old, Elisha used to love swinging on the neighbours water pipes imitating Spiderman.
One day he broke them and the water splashed in the whole compound. Our mother told him to go out and find a plumber to fix the mess or else they will take him to police. Thank God he had a friend at the shop that helped him call one.

What is the craziest thing you did together?
It was back during our primary school when we used to protect our Indian friends from bullies.
So, they used to give us their spicy meals and chocolates as a payment so every break time we would be sorted.
Children used to fear messing with us because back in the day people were superstitious, they used to believe that twins “burn” if you touch them or annoy their friends.
Were you always friends?
Oh yes, since our womb days that is why we have still managed to share the same passions and careers.

How often do you meet?
We are often together because we stay in the same house, sing in the same Acapella group and also hang out together.
What do you like most about your twin brother?
He keeps time and he loves perfection which keeps me in line, and when he sings with me, the harmony gives one goose bumps.
What do you dislike about him?
When he blames me for getting to an appointment late because he is good with time yet we were chilling together earlier which gets to my head.
What advice have you ever given him?
I always advise him to stay positive even when there is no reason to be because tomorrow it will be a different story. I urge him to stay focused and having faith.

Elijah Wasswa Kissiti

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How would you describe your brother?
My brother is down-to-earth, gentle, hardworking, but the more talkative one. Like me, he loves singing, cooking and being a devout Christian.
Which nickname did you have for him?
I also used to call him kutz as a short form of his surname Kato because it was cool.

What is he most scared of?
He is most scared of failure.
What is the craziest thing he did as a child?
He tried to shoot at paw paws and the stone flew over to the next fence and hit some woman.
When she came to report the matter he pointed at me as I also pointed back at him. Our mother decided to just cane the both of us. It was actually common getting punished for another’s mistake.
What is the craziest thing you did together?
In secondary school, we both had a crush on the same girl, we had a long meeting with each other to decide on who should take her.
So, the one with the most honest reasons took the girl. Elisha took the girl because he was the oldest and I had to be a good little brother.

Were you always friends?
Yes, for 26 years now to the point that people say we should wed on the same day.
How often do you meet?
We live together, work together, and do everything together unless we are going to hang out with our friends separately.
What do you like most about your twin brother?
He is a positive guy and when I have doubts he encourages me that everything is going to be fine.

What do you dislike about him?
If he has an issue with you he can talk about it the whole day even if you tell him you have already got his point which is annoying.
What advice have you ever given to him?
I always tell him to never give up and think about the joy that comes after the pain, especially when we are going through bad situations. This has helped us face anything.

What is your earliest memory of Elisha?
It is also about confusing people because of our resemblance. I recall sometime there was a shop at home where we would go to buy our necessities.
It so happened that this time we went to buy airtime at the same time. The lady was shocked and said she always thought it was the same person buying airtime twice.

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