Story time… Nairobi haki ni shamba la mawe!
When some of us sing that “umetutoa Mbali” song, we mean it.
Katika harakati ya kutafuta kazi baada ya kufuzu, I bumped into this job opportunity advertisement online which I applied to. Few days later I got a call being invited for an interview. One of the requirements for interview was sh. 500 for medical check-up, a smart phone and laptop/tablet and a short (KINYASA).
On that fateful Monday morning, I arrived for the interview – in a certain ki- building na uko Ojijo Road, Westy. There was no any other tenant in that building. Actually, the building interior finishing had not been done.
So kufika pale, tulikuwa mtu kama 30. They had tried to make the place look like an upcoming office. We were told the offices are new and they were in the process of acquiring furniture and other office items. There was a nice carpet, a few seats, etc. Around saa nne, all the interviews tukaitwa common area. We were told that we would begin with Medical test before the main interview. So, for better results, we were told that we needed to jog for like 10 minutes before damu itolewe. There was a place huko upstairs for jogging which had been prepared for us.
Conmen ain’t ashamed
So, tukaambiwa mtu atoe nguo zenye ako nazo avae short – remember everyone had carried one. We were also shown a secure place, ground floor where we would place our bags – alafu sote tukapanda huko juu tukaanza ku jog. Kila mtu na kinyasa, wengine Boxer, some had vests, others didn’t have any. We were told to keep jogging watatuita down-stairs mmoja mmoja.
Wueh, wacha tu-jog. Wacha tu sweat, 30 minutes later, hakuna mtu ameitwa downstairs for the test….I started sensing Danger! With another guy, we decided to go downstairs….Butwaaaa…. we found an empty room… not even carpet, floor ni kokoto… Kumbe it is an abandoned building! Kumbe as we were jogging huko juu, tulikuwa tunasanywa down stairs…. we had left all our belongings kwa Bags down stairs. They had made it mandatory for everyone to have a smart phone, laptop or tablet and sh 500.
You should have seen a group of 30 young men in the streets of Westlands without shirts, without trouser, without shoes, tukielekea Parklands police station ku-report vile tume- coniwa. The Drama that was in the station is a story for another day. Wale karao kwa OB as we narrated our ordeal walikuwa wanacheka wanaangusha gun!
How we got nguo za kuvaa and fare to go back home ni mungu tu anajua.