At the point of death, my father M’Lingela, called me and he advised he to follow his footsteps so that I can have peace of mind in all that they do..
I was arrogant to him and I couldn’t take it. I said, “Mzae, its unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank. Other fathers that you tag as being corrupt, thieves of public CDF left mansions and properties for their children; even this ramshackle house we live in is a rented apartment. Sorry, I can’t emulate you, just go, let’s chart my own course.”
Few moments later, my father took his last breath.
Three years later, I went for an interview in a multinational company. At the interview the Chairman of the committee after seeing my papers asked me, “Which M’Lingela are you?”
I replied, “I am M’Lingela Junior. My Dad M’Lingela Senior is now late.”
Chairman cuts in, “O my God, you are M’Lingela’s son?”
He turned to the other members and said, “This M’Lingela Senior was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn’t even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me.”
He turned to me, “I have no questions for you, consider yourself as having gotten this job, come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.”
I became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two Cars with Drivers, A duplex attached to the office, and a salary of six digits per month excluding allowances and other costs.
After two years of working in the company, the MD of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A personality with high integrity was sought after, again the company’s Consultant nominated me.
In an interview, I was asked the secret of my success. With already diamonds forming at the sides od my eyes, I replied, “My Dad paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor but stinkingly rich in integrity, discipline and honesty.”
They asked me again, “And why are you emotional and you are no longer a kid to miss your dad especially after a long time?”
I replied, “At his deathbed, I insulted him for being an honest and integrity man. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn’t work for all these, he did it for me to just walk in.”
So, finally they asked, “Will you follow your father’s foot steps as he requested ?”
And my simple answer was, “l now adore the man, I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. He deserves whatever I have after God.”
In Kenya, can we get just another M’Lingela?
If we can have just one percent of Kenyan population with integrity, honesty and disciplined like M’Lingela8 Senior and Junior, Kenya will be much ahead.
If we can get 1000 Matiang in Kenya, ….
It pays to build a name, the reward doesn’t come quickly but it will come however long it may take and it lasts longer..
Integrity, discipline, self control and fear of God makes a man wealthy, not the fat bank account..
Leave a good heritage for your children..