p's and queues
Removing the most senior members of Kenya's police force is a very important step on the way to the security sector and anti-corruption reform that are desparatly needed in the country. But here's betting that receiving a package at Nairobi's central post office just got a whole lot harder than it already was.* Then again, maybe Major General Ali's experience is just what's needed in a bureaucracy that's currently out of post office boxes.** But I doubt it.
*For those of you who've never had the pleasure, the approximate way receiving a package via the postal service in Kenya "works":
- You get a slip in your mailbox in your area post office indicating that you've received a package.
- You go to the central post office downtown and show them your slip.
- And your passport.
- After waiting in a very long and slow line.
- Then you get in another line and wait.
- Until someone retrieves your package.
- Which you take to another line.
- Where they watch carefully while you open your package.
- And then a customs officer calculates how much duty you'll have to pay to be allowed to bring the goods in the package out of the post office.
- But keeps the package.
- While you get in another line.
- To pay those fees.
- Then return to retrieve your package.
**At least that's what I hear on this side of the pond. Can anyone independently confirm this?