Spencer Sankale, the whistleblower in the Maasai Mara heist, landed a role as an associate member in the African Parliamentarian’s Network Against Corruption (APNAC) days after being fired from the Narok-based university.
While marking the WhistleBlowers Day on Wednesday, June 23, APNAC’s Chair Shakeel Shabbir acknowledged the pivotal role Sankale played in exposing the issue of graft within Maasai Mara University.
His sentiments were echoed by Nairobi Women’s Representative Esther Passaris who lauded Sankale for his bravery.
“We recognize you as one of the people who will actually help steer this country when we go back into the history books,” Passaris stated during the event.
APNAC is an organisation that involves key people who have played a pivotal role in the fight against corruption. It seeks to rally up nations to fight against graft.
This comes days after Sankale, who worked as a senior accounting officer at the university, was fired after a disciplinary meeting held by the university council on June 16, 2020 had found him guilty of gross misconduct on nine charges.
The letter indicated that the senior accountant was found guilty of sustained insolence against his employer, malicious misrepresentation of his employer, libel and defamation and falsely maligning the image and reputation of the university.
He was also found guilty of sustained disregard of university standard and procedures, sustained incitement of university staff and the general public against his employer, sustained insubordination and failure to act in the best interest of the university.
The exposé aired in 2019 featuring Citizen TV’s Waihiga Mwaura and former colleague turned Debunk Media founder Asha Mwilu uncovered corruption on a grand scale at the university and landed Sankale in trouble. It included his personal testimony as one of the four individuals who laid bare the wanton corruption at the public university.
Soon after, the whistleblower complained of attacks from his friends and former colleagues over the feature.
“Things have turned out to the worst level possible. I became the black sheep at work and things are not well.
“The theft has not stopped but we are sharing information with the relevant authorities as and when the theft occurs,” Sankale stated.