Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, November 01, 2005 --(PR.com
)-- “I had been tormented to the utmost limit. There was never a period when I prayed so much. I realized that my adversaries were cunning and dangerous people, and I accepted that my life was now on a downhill path. . . . Why did they have to do this to me? The answer came back to me in bits and pieces over a period of two years. And when all the jigsaw puzzle pieces were in place, I realized that I must have been lucky to be alive to tell the tale.”
Into a government-backed megacorporation walks Moses Fulani, a young, talented, and ambitious engineer. But these days in Africa, he is the type of employee least likely to succeed. In fact, the more efficient he becomes, the more his bosses move to secure his downfall.
Lawrence Gwakisa Mwakyambiki’s The Ruined Career: A Hardworking Engineer’s Thwarted Career Efforts is the story of one man’s plight to overcome a system where those with the least education and training bribe their way to the top. As Fulani climbs the corporate ladder, he uncovers a tangle of lies, spies, and thievery. In an atmosphere when women employees trade sexual favors for higher positions and employees live in fear, one man tries to stand tall against an ocean of corruption.
Though a fictional tale, Lawrence Gwakisa Mwakyambiki’s The Ruined Career writes from experience the dilemma facing so many young professionals in Africa today. As a professional engineer, Mwakyambiki worked as a consultant with the Tanzania Industrial Studies and Consulting Organization (TISCO) and as a resident engineer for several projects in Pemba, Da es Salaam and Mwanza. He joined Tanzania Posts and Telecommunications in 1991 as the Chief Works Manager and worked for three years in the position of General Manager of the Building Construction Unit until his questionable firing. Today, he is the director/partner of a successful contracting firm.
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