We need more leaders to act like Sonko - Janet Mbugua
The Governor made a strong statement.
The leaked email from the supermarket chain instructing managers to focus on the white clientele caused a furore on Twitter and in response to all this Sonko decided to revoke their license.
A decision that elicited criticism from former CJ Willy Mutunga and lawyer Ahmednasir who termed it as ‘unconstitutional’.
Though Sonko may have received reproach for this move, they are those who stand by him, not on the revoking licenses part but by his statements. And one of them is Janet Mbugua who believes that more Kenyan leaders should act like Sonko and address the problematic relationship between Asian employers and their black employees.
Janet expressed that there is a big disconnect in how Asian employers view their employees despite spending generations in the country.
“In as much as I don’t think what Sonko did completely solve the issue, cancelling licenses means affecting businesses, means affecting the employees of this company meaning they don’t have work. This is what I will say, the Governor made a strong statement by saying ‘You will treat our people with respect’ and for me, I feel like that is one of the solutions. For leaders to stand up and say ‘Look you are welcome to work in our country, have your own companies and build your own empires but don’t mistreat our citizens.’ I feel like we need more leaders to stand up and say that …because it’s not just the leaked emails or the apology it’s the nature of how a lot of these companies treat Kenyans. It’s the nature of how the way racism is engrained in these companies; sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes is in your face,” Janet said in her Vlog.
She also urged the Indian community in Kenya to address the issue. “I want the Asian community to come out and say, that is not who we all are because that not who they all are.”
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