Ann Makena had been frantically looking for a job to support herself until she obtained one at a wine and spirit shop in Chuka town, according to a reputable source. Things appeared to be going well for her until the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) inspectors showed up at her new position three days later. They allegedly detained her for selling uncertified booze, something she had no knowledge of. When she returned to her new work, she apparently discovered it already stocked by the owner.
Makena was hauled to court and sentenced to three years in prison or a fine of Kshs 100,000, which she did not pay. The employer, who also happens to be the proprietor of a wine and spirit business, made no attempt to contact me or follow up. He didn’t even pick up her call, despite her repeated attempts to contact him. Ann Makena faces a three-year prison sentence, prompting a public outcry in Kenya for the main suspect to be captured and Makena to be released.
Many believe this was a set-up, and given the country’s corrupt court system, the suspect could walk free while Makena serves as his scapegoat. This lends credence to the likelihood that up to 60% of the inmates have fallen victim to this nefarious ploy. But how can we reform a system that has been tainted by the ‘yes’ guys in our midst?
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