In African communities there exist three types of creatures, the plant eaters who are the majority so long as we don’t have any ivory on us! Then there are scavengers who tend to make the best of a bad situation and the ruling class, the predators. Why this is not reflected on our government issued identification cards, I can only relegate to the existence of a continent wide conspiracy. After all, most of our government’s require indicated on the ID cards, details of region and locale from where an applicant hails. Why not indicate there too, an individuals probable or chosen inclination towards corruption, impunity, nepotism and sycophancy in the public space? If I were a scientist I’d probably research how best to measure these increasingly concerning and common traits of our society.
Most people are plant eaters, commoners, people engaged in the proverbial rat race, your regular hustlers. They as in the wild are the majority, why they don’t just vote one of their own as king of the jungle, despite the fact that kingdoms are mostly inherited, baffles me. Aside from their number a plant eater’s calling in life is to provide food, purpose and entertainment to those on top of society’s hierarchy. They keep the economy of the wild in pristine condition, trimming the grass and shrubbery, carrying seed from one end to the other and keeping the soils fertile at the same time, a real hustle by any standards.
Then there is the ruling class, predators; lions, cheetahs, leopards, praying mantis, spiders, snakes and crocodiles among others. Although the Lion is king he needs all the rest to rule his kingdom properly. At this juncture I am reminded of my sub chief and the MCA hmm; I wonder where they fit in all this! Well the ruling class exists to enforce supposedly agreed rules and regulations. Yet somehow I don’t believe the plant eaters agreed to being eaten and to being taken advantage of and lied to at each turn. If there is anything that has so hindered the continents progress and caused us untold suffering and even death it is SSPC [State Sponsored and Propagated Corruption]. This is where all sorts of unethical behavior including impunity, nepotism, greed and tribalism manifest. State sponsors take illegal actions or omissions for the success of the crime, later they provide some financial consideration for work done to lower ranked predators. This trend is then propagated when scavengers observe and learn from insatiable hunters. Indeed my chosen mark on their IDs would be a big ‘P’ for predator.
Finally there is the group known as scavengers; hyenas, vultures, sharks, flesh eating warms and cockroaches etc Many of these creatures are not strictly scavengers they will hunt and kill for themselves albeit only the weak and vulnerable. In the kingdom of man, many middle management practitioners of corruption including procurement officers, journalists, cops, lawyers, pathologists, certified auditors, judges and now some bankers in Kenya; fall in this category also. Actually it isn’t the profession it is the practitioner, remember the predator pastors? Disaster is when a vulture metamorphoses into an honorable leopard or even an Excellency lion. You may have noticed their appetites don’t normally get affected for the better by such changes.
Who will save us, clawless hordes, adorned with mouths full of molars and premolars; good only for chomping on the la Nina affected greenery? Will that ‘H’ for hustler or ‘GC’ for grass cutter on our IDs help? It is time more buffalos faced of these marauding lions and some big horns chased down unscrupulously ravenous hyenas. Come, next election I will vote for the toughest anti corruption manifesto presented even if the only thing contained in the plan is an explicit time bound strategy to defeat corruption. It does not matter what else a prospective leader promises they could go ahead and outline their envisioned highway to heaven I don’t care. All I want is someone who will convince me that I will be alive to see it, that ‘me’ and mine will not be part of a lion king’s energy boost to get him there.