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Dear Kenyan man, you did not bring your wife to work

07 September 2016, 20:34 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - Normally when I have something bad to say about men I just say Kenyan men because most of the time it is from directly dealing with you. Maybe some other men do the same but I am yet to experience it.

It is not all of you but let us just say, Kenyan men!

Where to begin? Women seem not to be able to catch a break. If it is not out there, you would expect it to be different in a professional setting but wrong! It is like we are meant to experience all types of bad tendencies from all directions.

There is this man that I work with and from the very first moment I set eyes on him; my heart, head, instincts; everything basically screamed no. So I did the professional thing- work, work, work- I did not want to entertain him on anything else outside of work.

From the first day I came, it was dropping by my desk with a snack, then it graduated to lunch being dropped on my desk. You would think I would appreciate it; I would if it was from a good gentleman but as I have said I just knew he was bad news from the moment I laid eyes on him. This man was treating me like a lady you would want to court and for some reason I was not interested. So I became a snob. It eventually graduated to weekend invites and thank heavens I like my sleep more than I like people- my excuses were always ready.

This is the type of man that if you don’t agree to what he wants he creates an uncomfortable environment for you to work in and it is someone that you actually have to liaise with. I cannot ignore the man because my work includes his work so I actually have to talk to the man.

He is the type of man that does not respect you as a professional but thinks he can talk to you at work the way he would talk to his wife at home; as if you are beneath him.

He is the type that cannot pour his own tea in the office but you have to do it for him since you are the lady- my foot! My boss knows me, I don’t entertain such nonsense; if he even sends me to go buy him coffee, he pays me. He goes and gets his own coffee most of the time.

This colleague is very insulting and I am the type that will just stare at you while you bicker until you feel stupid. So yesterday he comes to my desk and starts bickering and yelling like a woman because he feels that he is of a higher status and I should do what he wants (The big boss is away. The man has not even set foot where he is going and this one has already started with me.). I told him to move away from my desk and go talk to himself at his station. That made him madder because he was expecting as a woman, I would try to have a ‘war of words’ with him. Like I said, very stupid man. He is a woman in a man form; in terms of habits like those gossipy women in the plot. Bickering and waddling in the office trying to have an argument.

By the way, I later found out this man is actually married with a kid- not the ones in rural home but here in town with him.

I feel very sorry for his wife because not only does he not respect her but if he can behave like that with a colleague in a professional setting; you can imagine how he is at home with her. Expecting me to coddle him and grovel because he is the man. He is not even THE man by the way. He does not pay my salary and there is only one person that I report to- thank heavens it is not him because I would leave that job. This situation put in mind a lady working for a man like him and reporting to him; that is why I thought, women cannot catch a break anywhere.

He would be so uncomfortable.


- MyNews24

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