Kenyan workers:::I run a manufacturing business in Kenya and a trading business too. The biggest challenge in my manufacturing business is not power, or infrastructure, the biggest challenge is getting honest staff.

Everyone we hire appears to be on a mission to steal as much as possible, Inflated invoices, recording less than the actual number of units produced.

The worst part of it all is that all the fraud we’ve uncovered is not done by a single person, it’s usually many staff who collude with each other, from production, to sales, to finance, even top management.

There was a year I overhauled management 3 times in a year.

But I’ve found a solution. I now use Indian expatriate management. So competent, so honest and so straightforward.

I thought they were expensive at first with all the visa fees, accommodation, house staff, but now that losses due to staff theft have been reduced to a minimum, and efficiency increased, the Indian management has turned out to be cheaper than the previous African management.

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Now, all sensitive positions involving money go to Indians. Africans are only allowed in non-sensitive positions.

I used to criticize indigenous African companies like the Dangote Group that hire so many Indians when there are many unemployed Africans, but now, I understand their painful decision.

My biggest challenge in the trading business is the same, getting honest staff. The form of trading occurs in the open market, and involves staff having access to huge sums of money running into a few millions.

I know how much I pay to security companies to provide escorts for the staff, not to prevent robbery, but to ensure that the staff go straight to the bank to deposit the money after the day’s sales and not disappear with my money.

This money spent on security companies is even enough to be declared as profit. We have to spend on CCTV, biometric scanners and other things that wouldn’t be needed if staff weren’t looking for the slightest opportunity to steal.

It got so bad at a point that my main criteria for employing staff was no longer competency or certificates, but honesty.

At least, competency and skills can be learnt, but once you’re dishonest, you’re dishonest.

We always complain of the economy and how there are no jobs. I know people abroad who would have loved to set up job creating businesses in Africa but they can’t because they can’t get any trustworthy person to run it.

I know people in Africa with so much money, they want to start factories and other job-creating businesses but they can’t because they are occupied elsewhere and can’t get any trustworthy person to run the business. So instead of investing in the real sector and creating jobs, they’ll just buy treasury bills, while the thieves are shouting no jobs and food.

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I bet, large African organizations like Dangote can set up shop in every African country and create millions of jobs, but I bet corruption and dishonesty at the top government echelons is what is preventing them from helping Africa.

Many big businesses would have been born in Africa if we could engage in partnerships, but we can’t because you can’t trust anyone.

This is one advantage the Indians and Lebanese have over us in Africa. They can pull resources together and do mega-business, unlike Africans. That only one person must do everything since we can’t partner, we end up with small, tiny businesses. Even siblings can’t manage a business together. A case in point are the dying or dead super stores in East Africa that would have become the Walmarts or … of Africa.

Start a poultry farm and they will be stealing your eggs. Some will even go ahead to be killing the chickens so that they’ll be allowed to take them home.

Start an entertainment/viewing/game center and they’ll be pocketing your money. On the days you’re around at the business, the money realized will be 10 times of the money realized when you’re not around. Because they’re eating your money and eating their future.

Buy and lease out a vehicle to a driver to use and watch as he’ll finish you.

Start a restaurant, the same thing will happen. More than half of the total food ingredients will end up in their personal kitchens.

Even attendants in lordinary provisions shop, or kiosks will find a way to steal from the small investors.

You’ll see them quote their evil, wicked saying “That a person eats where they work,”mm.”

Just imagine, justifying theft at work, killing their own jobs and the development of Africa.

And you’ll see these people point their crooked fingers at politicians when they’re not any different.

I usually say the reason most Africans haven’t stolen billions of government money, is simply because of lack of opportunity.

The few honest Africans, both in government and the private sector, are looked upon as stupid.

You are not stupid. You are what Africa desperately and painfully needs.

The foreign elements know our dishonesty and they thus come to Africa steal our vast natural resources with abandon and give a few bread crumbs to those Africans charged with managing our countries to the detriment of our development and self-sufficiency.

Who will save us from us? I implore every African of any color, any religion, any gender, any age to think of Africa and to think of African posterity.

Africa can rise again. Let Africa rise. Rise up and be counted as a people.

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