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Was the raid on KBC an act of revenge?

By Kennedy Epalat | April 30th 2016 at 10:58:38 GMT +0300

The Tuesday raid at KBC by officials from the county government of Nairobi was most unfortunate and embarrassing both to the national broadcaster and the county government.

I write not as an interested party in this matter, but rather as a Kenyan citizen.

We witnessed a comedy where county officials purportedly attempted to clump the entire broadcasting House over a Sh2 billion debt.

This exhibited either lack of communication between Governor Evans Kidero's office and KBC, or it's just another comedy orchestrated by a senior manager in the county government intent on settling some personal scores over a matter known to him.

I say so with confidence given that the manner in which the drama by county officials outside KBC's main gate bore all the hallmarks of a well-choreographed plan to embarrass KBC and its management.

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This could have happened with a lot of input from the county's communications department, which ironically is headed by one of the best comedians the country has ever had.

He had once served as the Radio Programs Manager in KBC until he was allegedly forced out after staff staged the first ever strike four years ago, to demand among other issues, his removal over incompetence.

I'm aware that some of the money KBC owes the county government dates back to 50 years even before KBC and county governments came into being.

Furthermore, besides KBC, there are other creditors who owe the Nairobi county government money.

This begs the questions: Why was KBC subjected to that kind of embarrassment, leaving other institutions?

Who advised the county government to make such a move instead of a talking to the parent ministry, the Treasury and KBC with a view to finding a lasting solution?

What did county hall or its advisor intend to achieve from the unfortunate drama or comedy?

Having considered the above, I deduce that this might have been an act of revenge. I therefore wish to appeal to county governments to be wary of offering employment to individuals who later use the money plum positions to settle personal scores.

This can be detrimental to the good image of any county government.


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