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FLYING FISH & COU COU: Marriage of convenience


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FLYING FISH & COU COU: Marriage of convenience

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A MACHIAVELLIAN MOVE that would enhance the image of a particular group is meeting tremendous resistance by certain key members. The problem for the objectors is that though the move will damage their opponents, it also makes a profound statement about them.

That is, though the benefits of the strategic proposal should help to restore confidence in their efforts at a time they need it most, they are worried it amounts to an admission of failure on their part.

From what Cou Cou was told, some of the most outspoken group members are saying that as this move comes after one of their own said the failure he predicted has come to pass, it would seem they have run out of ideas and are struggling to remain relevant.

A similar position seems to have been taken by scores of the group’s operatives, with many contending that the marriage, if consummated, would send the wrong message to right-thinking people.

One of those supporting the proposal has however expressed a different perspective. He reportedly contended at a meeting that many people would forgive them if they sought to do the right thing even at this time when the situation had reached crisis proportions.

Cou Cou was told the individual said that with a certain person out of the way, it was vital that a respected personality come on board to lend legitimacy to their efforts. He reportedly stated that even though the invited personality was once a rabid foe, it was a case that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Therefore, the individual should be welcomed.

Expect the hard ball card

HE MAN AT the centre of a number of controversies over the last few years could soon be embroiled in another flare-up. Cou Cou understands that this time it will involve a non-national working without a permit.

From what we were told, the non-national works in a business associated with a company presided over by the controversial man, and has been doing so since December.

It seems the non-national came into the picture after the business was failing to cement its position in the marketplace. It was felt the individual’s expertise would be able to turn the entity around.

However, it appears the necessary due diligence needed to regularise the non-national’s status has not yet come through, though the person is allegedly on-the-job.

The whistle-blower who related this to Cou Cou said: “Mark my word, he [the controversial man] is going to play hard ball on this issue when the Immigration Department moves in on him”.

Staff numbers rising 

PEOPLE IN THE know are suggesting if a head count was made of workers employed at certain statutory corporations, it would be revealed that numbers are back up to close to what they were prior to the lay-offs in 2013.

It seems that very quietly people have been hired at most entities, with two corporations in a particular ministry the most guilty.

From what Cou Cou was told it seems no amount of beseeching and urging by financial officials charged with keeping expenses down have been able to dissuade the powers that be from continually hiring more people.

A concerned public servant told Cou Cou this is a major reason why Government is having to finance increased amounts in transfers and subsidies to statutory corporations.

He said it is unclear how this situation will be solved, given an impending general election and the desire by candidates to ensure as many of their constituents are employed as possible.

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