Three weeks ago I stirred the hornet’s nest and my message was heard loud and clear. I was simply echoing the concerns of restless smarters who had jammed myinbox with their cries for action.
The answer was fast and furious, for in less than 24 hours after our publication, Izzo had ordered the immediate release of the names of those who had made the cut.
Its smiles galore as they revel in their new ranks courtesy of the biggest single award of promotions ever witnessed in the history of disciplined forces in the country since independence.
Izzo’s popularity ratings have shot up and many are the commemorative watoto wa laini born nine months hence who will be named “Osugo”. Newfound power is an aphrodisiac and love is in the air as chaps celebrate with lusty leg lifts. Alcohol sales in the neti canteens as well as in neighbouring pubs are up and banks hawking their new promotions are zeroing in for the kill.
CP Izzo, Madame Rose Muturi and the entire team who worked the final list deserve plaudits even though malalamishi hayakosi. What l have on the table is that there are those who had stayed for over two decades in one post without promotion who have been remembered.
Ladies did not have to flash their thongs to get promos unlike kitambo. In fact a new benchmark has been set by neti on gender parity which should be emulated by all sectors of our Government.
This could be attributed to a very influential troika of reformists at HQ and at the provincial and station levels. These ladies eschew pettiness, reward hard work and have earned the respect of their male juniors. Allow me to mention Madames Moturi, Khaemba, Omundi, Wanini, Chuma, Olivia, Wanja and Ngunjiri amongst others.
The brief l have with me shows that practically all long servers and wasomi have climbed the ladder.
Those who have a degree, diploma or Grade 1 and 2 in the Government Trade tests with clean records and have unjustly been left out... nichapie pap!
I have received complaints about regional imbalance with a senior politician’s home region claimed to have got a disproportionate share of promos. Let me play the devil’s advocate here. In the late 70s to late 90s neti service was such a derided career that some elitist ethnic chauvinists gave it a wide berth.