There has been a lot happening in the Kenyan media space involving a lot of controversial scandals that are keeping tongues wagging and radio talk shows busy.
A case that has been particularly sickening for me as it unfolds is the case of the Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei who has been literally hounded out of office by her seniors and colleagues. I have no idea if she is actually guilty of the accusations of being an embezzler or if she is being framed as she claims. My issue is the manner in which she is being hound out as though she did not deserve to occupy such a post.
This is not the first time that a high level female judiciary official has been hounded out of office on allegations of impropriety. Nancy Barasa was pushed out last year in a long drawn out spat that was largely played in the media forcing her resignation over her mistreatment of a guard. The gravity of the crime that resulted in her loss of office and reputation pales in comparison to the actions of more prominent elected individuals that easily fall under the umbrella of Assault and Battery .
Yet if the protagonist is male, a slap to the wrist is usually what follows. A female on the other hand seems to raise such a furore about impunity and the shaming that follows should be fascinating for anthropologists.
To date no legal proceedings have been started against the Governor of the capital regardless of the victim agreeing to forgive him. That the victim was caught up in a nude picture scandal didn’t help her case either I suppose. Photos of her and a colleague politician surfaced on the internet but again the focus was on the female in the duo. The male politician was known to be a kind of loose nut so this wasn’t too far off the mark for him. The lady though was a married woman and this is what irked the public most (Atleast those who called in to the radio stations). That the man was also married was glossed over like it was not important.
Another incident was the airing of an anti HIV advert that depicted two middle aged women discussing about use of condoms in extramarital affairs. The uproar was deafening with church leaders (All middle aged men) frothing at the mouth about immorality. It was pulled and a few weeks later the exact same script was played only now it involved two married blokes. Not a peep was heard nationwide. The previous advert with the women was run again and this time there was no resistance.
I suppose this is a misogynyst society where we hide behind religion to oppress women.