Get into an anonymous taxi car and quietly drive towards a company’s office on Mombasa Road. You are all quiet in the car as you contemplate the mission you’ve been assigned this morning. Your weapon is contained in a new brown envelope that occupies the middle back seat of the car. It would be disastrous to lose this weapon – blown away or picked through the open window by a street thief, or to have it damaged by coffee stains or tears.
Finally you get there and sit for a minute to calm down the nerves. No need to go over your game plan again as you have discussed it several times over for days.
Doors open and Team A calmly steps out, leaving reserve Team B in the car. Team C and Team D are also on standby.
You stroll into the company just before lunch time and tell the bored secretary you’re here to see Mr. Pape Badeta. And she casually waves us into his glass office.
Pape rises to greet us; “Hi, it’s been a long time. Normally you call before you come here, you want to see the new product samples?”
“Yes, we’re fine”
On to business
“We’d like you to accept this on behalf of the company”
Pape opens the sealed envelope, and read the letter
“You’re recalling the loan?”
“Yes, can you pay the full 10 million shillings today?”
“I can’t believe it”
“I talked to your MD last week about the company’s problems and he never said anything about this”
“Sorry, management has decided”
“Can you pay the 10 million today?”
“No! From where? you know my financial situation!”
“Ok thanks, we’ll leave now, sorry again”
Return shortly with Team B from the car outside.
“Yes” (Still in shock , and looking at letter on his desk)
“My name is Shilling Sing. The bank has recalled its’ loan and since you are unable to pay, they have also decided to put the company under receivership and appointed me as receiver- manager. Here is my instruction letter; you are relieved of your duties. Please hand over the office keys and leave. I am in charge from now.”