I had no idea about the existence of Mr Morality and Mr Ethics(Not real names) until late last month when i heard on radio 4 breakfast blast news, I decided to travel up North in Manchester to search for these strange two people, reason been these two unique people fought for change in a small villages and towns in Chad North Africa. reading their story i thought we share common problems and hence time to pack and go and see them, some will wonder why Chad, why not interact intellectual from mandera, well since mandera county didnt give me the opportunity to ‘have such dedicated mind’ so far.
I learnt from the two, how individuals and groups of people selflessly sacrificed their time and resources to ensure that the foundation of this great historical country called Chad was laid and like the baobab tree, grow gradually to become a bigger tree that can provide enough shade and shelter for all and sundry without any form of discrimination, inequalities, just as it has made it so in almost every community in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions of Chad. responded eloquently by Mr Morality.
Let me pack the story of this two great men a side for moment! coming back to mandera County In fact, the County Government has gone through thick and thin since march 2013 when it begun to exist, with leadership trying to increase the height of the walls of the building after a very solid foundation was laid.
Undeniably, the mandera County is a a county with matchless qualities. Presently, it is the only County in kenya that can connect North to East and South and far near to middle east. But, just as the walls of this Unique county, still under construction, are about to reach lintel or roofing levels, a canker identified or yet to be identified by authorities of the County, has hit the foundation of the entire building structure and like termites, destroying volumes of printed research materials that contain the destiny of a whole society. This canker is hydra-headed, thus it will be difficult to kill it without applying patience, openness, tactfulness and above all wisdom. Indeed, whilst some people including myself think the unidentified canker is TRIBALISM and NEPOTISM, others think it is INEPTITUDE.
Tribalism according to the Macmillan English Dictionary is (a) a way of thinking or behaving in which people are more loyal to their tribe than to their friends, their country, or any other social group or (b) very strong loyalty that someone feels for the group they belong to, usually combined with the feeling of disliking all other groups or being different from them.Nepotism on the other hand is defined by the same dictionary as; the practice of using your power and influence to give jobs to people in your family instead of to people who deserve to have them.
Unfortunately, there is a perceived tribalism being fueled by one tribal group at the County and for some obvious reasons I choose to call it X. The X tribe does not understand why two particular tribes or tribal groups, Y and Z, have dominated the whole County hierarchy across all the sectors,the County Government.
As a result, members of X in recent years in one way or the other, have been complaining bitterly but in the quiet, about this development and continue to grumble over it to the attention of eavesdroppers of Y and Z. For their understanding (X), members of Y and Z are considered to be super-righted or more capable than them (X) and that is why they dominate the County. Secondly, aside the County, Y and Z tribes according to members of X are found in almost every government department in the area they (X) hail from and this is threatening their future in terms of job placement for themselves and their unborn children.
Having realized the amount of water that has passed under the bridge (in their assumption), i am assume a new tribe in existent soon called “Kulmiye” and will soon to be saying no way, no more mistakes. They also appear to be saying that, this is also our time and let no one stand in our way, because we’re going to fill our people in available vacancies and key positions regardless of which tribes or breeds they come from, as long as they qualify through competitive and fair process with quality and equality guiding all the way. Thus, all of a sudden there shall be a change in the current status quo.
The Macmillan English Dictionary also defines ineptitude as; lack of ability or skill. My friend poor-man (not his real name) has no hope in the County development agenda at all even though i tried on many occasions to play the role of a spokesperson for the County by trying to tell him that the Mandera county is the best in Northern region at the moment if he puts together Wajir, Garissa and among others. Many doubting thomases like Poor-man would argue with me.
But Poor-man’s beef or worry is that, if for instance if the recruitment are flawed, named already sealed by unelected, kangaroo court called Council of elders based in Nairobi not County headquarters fill every position in the county how could poor-man with no God father or not factor leading him? what about when the impression of the county executive failed to address the problems? This is where the issue of ineptitude is suspected.
Having listened to Poor-man and a couple of people talked to me about the County Government operations with such bitterness, am tempted to believe that authorities of the County headquaters are not doing a lot of diligence when it comes to recruiting the BEST institution leaders for the various departments of Mandera County.
This notwithstanding, I have personally seen jobs advertisements on the news daily in recent past and the caliber of people they were looking for, in my opinion, were undoubtedly the best. But, could it be that behind the scenes (during short-listing of such applicants) nepotism and ineptitude take centre stage whilst a sense of fairness and merit is thrown to the dogs? Your guess is as good as mind.
So before I end, let me call on the Governing excutive of mandera County and all who matter in the affairs of the Mandera County, to take bold steps to diagnose this dangerous canker very well and find a complete cure to it before it spread and permeate all structures of the County Government like a malignant tumour.
The time has come for all of us (me inclusive) to bury any differences and champion a common objective that will define our destiny. We should not destroy what hold us together in the name of tribalism, nepotism and ineptitude. Lest we forget, the words in the anthem of Kenya especially the following stanzas should remind us of our oneness “Justice be our Shield and defender; Our Knowledge is For Service; Practicalising Education For Life; Uniting The People in Development; Inspiring Every Mind, Every Heart And Every Hand; Providing The Best of Our Higher Education; Praise Be to God For The Blessing Over Us;”. Has anyone heard of the saying that, “If you want to deny northerners something valuable, give it to them to share and they will fight over it till you come back for it?”
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