By Winnie Kabintie
When the news got on social media that a KK Security Guard had vanished with sh 23m on transit, Kenyans took to social media not to condemn the act but amazingly to applaud the employee for the “heroic” move.
The KK guard identified as, Hudson Nyasaka, was transporting the cash from Mombasa to Nairobi but vanished upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Hudson was carrying the money in foreign currencies (USD 50,000, 98,500 Euros and 90,000 Swiss Franc) and had told his colleagues he would land at JKIA at 9.30 am while in reality, he was landing at 7.30 am, so by the time his colleagues alerted authorities (2 hrs later) the suspect had already vanished from the airport.
Below are some of the tweets shared under the trending hashtag #kk security
Alex The Blogger™: Congratulations to the KK Security employee who disappeared with Sh25 million, the insurance will pay don’t worry. It’s their work.
Edwinlallo: Congratulations to the KK security officer for the Bet Won…. Aki hiyo ni jackpot tax-free hata KRA hawagusi
Bitcoins Master: Handson Nyasaka of KK Security is very smart. You guard millions, but you are paid peanuts. So he paid himself Sh25M
Oyugi Stephen Oyugi : Kk security theft is not news.What do u expect when leaders loot public funds openly. Survival for the fittest.Patriotism achia mau mau fighters
Everyone for himself, God for us all
Perhaps fed up by the runaway corruption in the country, especially the massive looting of public funds as witnessed most prominently in the recent NYS and the Euro Bond scandals, taxpayers who are heavily burdened by taxes and a high cost of inflation amid a rising rate of unemployment, have just become hopeless and its therefore not surprising to see Kenyans react the way they have on the KK security heist because in this case its mwanachi who’s “eating” for once.
“All Kenyans are thieves minus opportunity”
“All Kenyans are thieves, it’s the level of opportunity that matters,” my good friend Kimani always asserts and am beginning to believe his words.
The other day I was shopping for an appliance at Naivas supermarket, Mountain Mall, and the brand I ended up settling for was running a promotion, where buyers would get some giveaway merchandise. Unfortunately, the giveaways that ought to have been inside my appliance were missing and on following up with the customer department, instead of getting to the bottom of the malpractice, all they could do was come up with fallacious, incoherent excuses.
“hiyo haiko kwa promotion/The item you bought is not included in the promotion” one of the ladies said.
“Isn’t this the same serial number listed on the giveaway flier, stuck on top of the appliance” I responded, getting a bit agitated now for trying to make a fool out of me.
“Ooh, wacha niangalie (let me check)” then she went ahead to “make a phone call” before a supervisor came over and said the promotional stuff were out of stock! How ludicrous!
My experience aside, think about the domestic helps who make away with stolen quantities of foodstuff from their employers households every Sunday morning during their day off, or that staff at the wholesale shops in River Road or Eastleigh who sneak out their employer’s merchandise through the back door and sell later at throw away prices, the list is endless.
So well, Kimani’s words played out right on my face; “every Kenyan is a thief, minus opportunity”; while the privileged Kenyans have access to millions of shillings, others can only do with petty loot.