THE MILLENNIAL: BATTLE OF WIT

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Bottomline: Whistle blowers don’t have a heroic ending unfortunately they disappear into oblivion as they are forgotten faster than the scandal they exposed, who even remembers David Sadera Munyakei the man who opened the can for the worms that made the public to know about The Goldenberg Scandal

 

Chess is a game of moves and counter moves. A series of calculative moves from your opponents squashes any hope of winning, no matter what your prospects were in the beginning.

It requires you to see the chink in your opponent’s armor, to foresee their strategy then plan accordingly. In this game, the best chance of winning is by being the most conniving player, being manipulative residing in the other party’s head as you operate around their game plan logic.

Pawn
“At first it was little amounts, then it escalated to multiple withdrawals.” seems like a line right out of an addict’s confession, but little chance of fact in this case. You would not expect for this to be a paraphrased statement made by a senior accountant about a Vice Chancellor in a public university.

The story unfolded like the dramatic episodes of a soap opera. We had our villain, her henchman (well, men in this case), the hero, the hero’s right hand man and of course us, staring on in bewilderment behind our screens, vexed, horrified, bewildered, thankful but worried for our hero.

In this plot however, we get a twist which spices our tea more. The hero is a spy who uses-among many other devices-his cellular phone to record months worth of evidence against his adversary.

Spencer Sankale, an accountant at Maasai Mara University has unleashed a full frontal attack against her boss Professor Mary Walingo, the Vice Chancellor with the aid of her driver she looted over 190 million from the varsity coffers.

Without a doubt another corruption scandal will surface, given the reputation of Kenyan public service offices, but in a university? That was the unanticipated cherry on the cake. Maasai Mara University is a relatively ‘small’ university, where its name has only come up on either side of the moral spectrum. First on having a world renowned botanical garden, wildebeest migration, telenovela like corruption scandal, that’s quite a thrilling reputation for a relatively small institution of higher learning.

The receipts
Spencer Sankale did not just bring in word off the rumor mill. He neither alluded to nor minced his words. He had facts, bank statements, cheque copies, list after list, ledgers of illegal withdrawals. The epitome of his spy skills were proven when he brought to the table voice recordings of phone calls between him, the Vice Chancellor and her driver concerning the money he was required to withdraw.

He even exposed a pattern, where the driver, Noor, would come to give the Vice Chancellor’s request, give directions on how it would be handled, and thereafter pick it up in accordance to how his boss wanted it.

Checkmate
Spencer, did a commendable job. Recording evidence against your senior, in a country where looting is the order of the day for two years, must have been a risky affair. Whistle blowers on corruption cases don’t have a heroic ending unfortunately they disappear into oblivion as they are forgotten faster than the scandal they exposed, who even remembers David Sadera Munyakei the man who opened the can for the worms that made the public to know about The Goldenberg Scandal.

The disaster management skills of the varsity administration were laughable at best, where they tried to avert the attention of not  only the investigators but also the public at large (which was rather insulting to our collective intelligence). In this game, the player misjudged the opponent, and left the Queen vulnerable.

Adjudication
The cat is out of the bag. The DCI are no longer working with verbal accusations, there is a trunk full of evidence, dating back to 2017. The University’s facilities are a testament to the dwindling supply of stock, the bank statements cannot be booted. The entire affair has been investigated so thoroughly that the government might as well have had it delivered in a wrapped box with a bow on top. So to the law enforcers, what is your next move? Or will it be another case of insufficient evidence for Walingo to beach bask in Malindi with her ‘Kizungu Mingi na catwalk’……..

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