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You are fired and the ethics of job dismissal in Kenya

Removing an officer from a top office in Kenya is not all that easy. Whether the dismissed person is willing to quit or not, still Kenya will apply unethical methods. One of them is to make sure that your body guards are withdrawn. Your personal driver and your official car will follow suit. The lock to your office will be changed without notice. Only to realise that even though you have been holding a respected position, even the cleaners will look at you with disgust. This weblob is interested in discussing this method of removing a person from an office.
It is not a surprise that even Churches do the same. Bishops use crooks to frustrate someone in order to force him out of office. Yet it is the Church to teach ethics and things of God. Their method of dismissing someone is accompanied by unethical behavour of all kinds. A letter of acquittal and use of rude language such as, hand-over the office with immediate effect. This is not only embarrassing but is also degrading the person and making the person look humbled. It is against the dignity of the person. Sad enough it is used even in situations where the employee is showing no resistance at all. This is immoral and unethical behaviour in the Kenyan society.
The dismissal of Madam Kaindi as the Deputy Inspector General is unethical. I find it of no sense not respecting her dignity and human rights. She may be un fault but the mechanism used to send her packing is not ethical. At her position, the government would have acted within the law and do things with some dignity. There are many ways of killing a rat. You can either hit it on the head, use a trap or deploy a cat. Removing Kaindi from a constitutional office must also respect the Bill of Rights. Furthermore, it is the person of the officer that matters. Why damage her reputation? Why not to use some respectful methods to dismiss one from office? I am not related to Madam Kaindi, neither do I work as her advocate. I am concerned with ethics and behaviour that is not in line with ethics and morals.
Brutality and ruthlessness in removing one from office have become too common in Kenya. It is as though there is no harm done to the person. The office can be occupied by whoever fits for the job but the person shall remain intact. Any act of dismissing a person from office should not destroy his or her personality. This is going over board. Making striking teachers look less humans by threats issued by the Cabinet Secretary are all forms of inhuman behaviour.
It is not only in the case of Madam Kaindi, severally Kenyans have learnt to he rude and unethical. The former regimes have been known for abrupt and inhuman dismissals. Firing serving Ministers while having a cup of tea with them was common. Only to realise the radio is announcing a new Minister has taken over. An official car removed immediately and the body guard send elsewhere to show that might makes right. This behaviour has to change. In the modern civilization of human rights, it is a gross violation posing one to a psychological torture because you have fallen off with his or her service. Kenyan law courts must be prepared to handle several similar complaints.
Dismissal is contractual and agreeable but why humiliate the person? Put someone in the office but why to brutally put the other person in public shame?
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