It was 21 million,” declared Nyambura Nakusupat, my Maasai/Kikuyu friend — who has employed the entrepreneurial acumen and the sartorial culture of her forefathers to set up a jewellery design outfit.
“He has nothing to show for it, save for a semblance of a house that is uninhabitable.”
“Was it in Kenyan currency or in beads?” I asked the 23-year-old agri-business economics student, taking a swipe at her enterprise of using Maasai beads to make necklaces, bangles and other accessories, and selling these to fellow students.
“Kenya shillings,” she replied matter-of-factly, and added that all that money went to, or rather with, the working girls of Laikipia and Nanyuki.
Nasukupat was talking about her neighbour, who was compensated by the British government after local residents filed a legal suit claiming they had been injured by unexploded ordnance left behind by British Army soldiers training in the area.
Since the lucky man had deep pockets — and a shallow mind — the working girls started invading not only his homestead, but also his table of fortune, whenever he went out for drinks, which was often, and it was not long before both the money and the women disappeared from his life.
This was a typical case of a fool and his money getting parted. And a below-average fool he must be, because any (Kenyan) man who loses his money to a woman he is not related to, either by marriage or blood, ostensibly because of sexual favours, is a congenital idiot, a disgrace to Kenyan men, to manhood and to humanity. An fellow who does not deserve mercy, or (to have) any money at all.
Working girls are not your common, gainfully-employed women who are never willing to spend their money even though they earn, but are prostitutes, or commercial sex workers, as NGO-wallahs call them while blaming men for their positions in society.
In my book, there is a dearth of real working girls in Kenya. Inasmuch as these young and old women who expose thighs that are big as their arms on our streets would want to claim that they are commercial sex workers, I want to differ, without begging, and simply call them highway or commercial sex robbers, because they engage in trade malpractices and often steal from men who are drunk — or those they have drugged — and never keep their end of the bargain.
But even then, their supposed trade is illegal and, just like violent robbers who are not licensed to kill, they are not licensed to thrill.
Also, judging from their modus operandi, they do not even want to have licenses as they are just too happy to be reaping where they do not sow by hanging on to other people’s licenses.
Just before Christmas, when bar owners were turning down empty glasses to the Alcohol Control Act and staggering to the courts to block it, these non-tax-paying robbers also tried to protest that the Act is affecting their business because the drinking hours are reduced. Some cheek! And lot of idiocy, to be precise.
That is tantamount to violent robbers protesting that the police should be outlawed because beefed up security is hampering their illegal operations.
Drunk and drugged
It was also a clear manifestation of their intention of preying on drunk and drugged people and hanging on to bar owners’ licenses. If they really are serious business people, then they should pay for their own premises and operate therein, acquire the requisite licenses and, if possible, sell liqueur too.
But since they are lazy bums (pun unintended) who are not as creative as my friend Nakusupat, they find it easier to steal, to earn without investing. And NGO-wallahs back them up by blaming the society in general, and men, who are the victims, in particular, yet we know that it all boils down to choice.
Just like men who lose money to working girls, any half-naked woman who, in any weather conditions, can run after vehicles the whole night while hurling the BMW of invectives at those who do not respond to her catcalls, deserves no money or mercy from the society.
The two are equally idiotic, only that the latter is a menace to society and should receive the same treatment given out violent robbers.
The Nation - Kenya
The Nation - Kenya