That was Simba's name for the light rifle that did most of the shooting.
Simba briefly indicated the three nearest to act as his assistants.
"Hema tayiari," reported Simba, reaching his hand for the light rifle.
Mali-ya-bwana, next in command after Cazi Moto and Simba, answered.
Therefore, often, in absence of Simba, the big Baganda had been pressed into this service.