There is a parlance from my lakeside which says: kama itiye ema ichieme which losely translates to; you ‘eat’ where you work. I got introduced to this word when still very young and innocent, about eleven years from ago. From the word go, it denotes corruption and all the attendant unprofessional deals with which it is joined at the torso.
Clearly, this quote postulates that manipulation and creation of false transactions in the company to get quick riches is justifiable so long as it is where you work. Yet, I see it as something that happens when greed and entitlement thinking overtake good judgment, ethics, and values.
We live at a time when graft and unprofessional deals dominate the public and private discourse. If you have been interested about our political and business news, you realise there is something precisely and mathematically chilling about our nationalism – the intergenerational corruption.
Let us take stock of the recent corruption scandals in the land and how our leaders are pitifully growing us corrupt into adulthood: the 800M NYS saga, the 50M Chicken gate IEBC scandal, Eurobond saga, GDC 60Billion failed oil drill well, the Afya House scandal, the Public Accounts Committee saga among others. But you have heard non of the leaders arrested, haven’t you?
Having studied the history of the most corrupt leaders of our time, those robber barons who have ruthlessly built their fortunes while breaking the laws and ethics of human society, it is a pity to have the incoming generation fashioned in the same logical path.
Our existing leaders are the culprits of this malformation who have taught us that the only way out of hardship is through shady deals. So, an ambitious youth, struggling for success has no other recourse unless baptised in the holy waters of corruption.
Corruption has been going on for a long time, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop, especially now that it’s being passed on to the next generation.
Even more saddening, the lords who teach us to grow corrupt send their children away with embezzled money to be educated in the ways of lawful society, yet, they would come and grow up in the same fiercely mismanaged part of the globe.
In small ways, I’m sort of a political model in our school because of my past active involvement in the same. Those who want to vie in the upcoming elections have started coming to me for guidance. But majority want to associate with me with hope that they could bribe me to help them secure nomination tickets from the regional associations we have. The general idea is; you have to have someone up there to stir up things a bit your way.
As if that is not enough, I have been purturbed by friends who say that they would be employed only briefly before they can plunder resources and start their own companies. It is not immoral in their minds, let alone illegal.
From the foregoing, it’s very difficult to arrive at a sudden recovery to this national smell not so little. Do we train the younger generation on the devastating, intergenerational effects of corruption on health, education, security and on all socio-economic aspects of life or take the deans back to Development 101 class?
I havn’t been tested but if I will, I would not want to be an unwitting writer of my own country’s stagnation.