The Cases Against Manji: It Gets Darker Before Dawn

The last time he was seen in public was at the Central Police Station. His entourage included a congregation of lawyers, well-wishers and, of course,  journalists with their fast flashing cameras. He went in for questioning. The mention of his name (alongside others such Freeman Mbowe and  Josephat Gwajima) was about as popular as a tax increase. The crowd was almost as chaotic as a soccer match between Born Towns and Bush Stars from the Sani magazine.

In a strange move, he had answered to an unofficial summon. Perhaps that was a technical mistake from his side. But as a good citizen, he had succumbed to the rapid pressure of standing up to be counted.  He never saw the weekend. He had made a high school mistake. What he thought was going to be the management of hysteria turned out to be not exactly country-club-talk.

When Yanga were pounding Ngaya in the Comoros, the Chairman/primary sponsor was somewhere dark and cold. If one of his guards is a Yanga fan, he might have slipped in a little piece of paper showing Yanga had won 5-1. He might have smiled and said in his suppressed Indian accent, “Safi sana Yanga, mie napenda sana wewe.” He heard them through the grapevine.

That was the begining of a King Kong headache. According to various media reports, when the new week surfaced, he couldn’t handle the dark and cold room. They rushed him to the hospital. The fate of what got him in remains unknown. No one dares to ask. Maybe it’s the fear of being next. As he is recovering from a hospital bed, there are brand-new allegations against him. There were laid out, again on TV. He is accused of breaking the immigration laws by hiring “illegal workers.” These are serious charges with serious consequences if convicted.

As he is recovering from a hospital bed, there are brand-new allegations against him. There were laid out, again on TV. He is accused of breaking the immigration laws by hiring “illegal workers.” These are serious charges with serious consequences if convicted.

According to the broadcast, when they were in the race to put handcuffs on him, they were informed that he is ailing somewhere in the hospital. The officer (and his officials) had no clue that Manji was/ is in the hospital. Their investigation is in no shape and form associated with the drug trafficking allegations that were broadcasted all over the media. Let that sink in, please. Don’t ask, don’t tell.

Even though the above scenario may sound as interesting as a washing machine manual, it is typical and logical. Laws of the land must be respected and enforced, right? I see we all agree. But here is the thing; his initial arrest that got him into the cold chambers are still unknown or not clear.

He wasn’t paraded to the court within 24 hours as the law dictate. It’s, therefore, fair to assume the prosecutors are struggling with what charges to lay against him. If you ask, the answer will be simple and calculated, “the investigation is ongoing”. Or if you’re lucky, “he is sick and we’re waiting for him to recover”.

The fresher allegations raise eyebrows. According to available records, Manji retired from business and relinquished his powers and authority from Quality Group in April 2016. To put it in simple terms, he is no longer directly involved with hiring and firing affairs, right? Apparently

The legal technicalities can be as long as an elephant’s pregnancy. The “illegal workers” mentioned could be from the days when Manji was in charge. It could be. But what does that say about the immigration authority? Did they allow these workers to work for over how many years?

I am assuming Quality Group is one of the biggest companies. It should always be under the radar of authorities such as Department Of Immigration. Who do you think should be “arrested” first? Why are the Immigration Officers alleged to have entered into the business of providing illegal work permits not arraigned in front of TV? Equal justice to all?

Manji and Quality Group may be on the wrong side of the law. It happens all the time among corporations. Corporate greed is real. They only care about profits to satisfy shareholders. Breaking the rules, therefore, isn’t something new altogether. In that case, they deserve the full length of the law. However, in the court of public opinion, when one or group of people seems to be the subject for a throne of legal undertakings, it raises some questions or suspicions.

The court of public opinion may ask; why now? Why is everything about Manji all of sudden a matter of reality TV type? Why is he getting his fingers burned now? Mind you the Immigration Commissioner was talking about arresting him, lock him and drag him to court. He wasn’t talking about questioning him. No. Arrest. Is someone out there to get him?

Jumping off point, there are street level rumors that Manji rubbed the wrong shoulders through his business dealings. They say he left someone in the lurch. He took his money somewhere else. Could it be true?  Is that why he “reading the numerals” through a ceiling board? Charged up like a filament in a light bulb.

Understandably, each government has its methods of carrying the tanks of justice. However, in a country like ours where everything (and I mean everything) is politicized, we must be extremely carefully on how justice is attained. When the justice system is compromised or seems in anyway biased, the violent country is looming. I am afraid next time someone else is asked to report to a Police Station they may ask, “How come I haven’t seen the announcement on TV?”.

Right now there’s a lot of despair. Unfortunately, nobody wants to admit publicly. There’s an aura of cleaning the mess and setting the progressive agenda. A good thing. But there’s also an aura of that is engulfed in selective justice. Dangerous. There is a lot of suspicion on everything and everybody. Worse! We can pretend all we want not to see further than the end of our nose. It’s on us.

PS: Yusuph Manji and I don’t get along. I am a Yanga fan for life. I feel he is turning Yanga to be his personal property. I disagree. I want Yanga that is managed publicly.


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