When you watch American crime web television series Narcos – one of my favourites of all times – then you will understand what is currently happening to the Akashas and their accomplices.
Detailing the story of ‘The King of Cocaine’ Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, a Colombian drug lord, drug trafficker and narco-terrorist – whose cartel, at the height of his career, supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States, turning over US $21.9 billion a year in personal income – Narcos gives you a rare insight into how the quite enticing yet counterproductive narcotics enterprise instantly enriches a man and then, sooner or later mercilessly deflates the same man leaving him more destitute than he was.
Escobar is undoubtedly regarded as the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated known net worth of US $30 billion by the early 1990s (equivalent to about $55 billion as of 2016).
But despite having gathered so much in such a short time, when his moment of reckoning finally came in late 1993, Escobar came down crashing and no matter how much he tried to fight on, the die had been cast.
Similarly, for decades, the Akashas have bestrode East Africa’s underworld like the proverbial colossus proudly controlling the drug cartels and arrogantly sneering at our rather weak and shaky justice system.
Through their powerful and intricate Akasha Organization, founded by slain family patriarch Ibrahim Akasha, the Akashas have literally ruled Kenya’s underworld.
But as we speak, the Akasha Organization is unceremoniously exiting the scene with two of the Akasha sons ( and probably the bosses of their late father’s world famous drug cartel) – Baktash and Ibrahim – having been extradited to the US earlier this week to face charges of four counts of conspiring to import narcotics to the US.
And the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has also promised to come after their accomplices, some of who are said to be popular Coast politicians.
MORAL OF THE STORY
Yes, one might seemingly thrive and make a fortune by selling poison by the kilo to innocent sons and daughters of the hoi poloi and expect to go unpunished.
But definitely, when the cries and curses of countless families whose once promising young generations you have destroyed get to the high heavens, be assured your moment of reckoning has finally come.
At this point, you will even try to run only to realize that you cannot hide. Even natural justice – which supercedes human judicial justice – won’t let you exit without paying for what you have done.
You will have to be served an equivalent and deserving portion of the same suffering you have shamelessly apportioned thousands and perhaps millions of families.
To those still in the business, be wise and learn from the experiences of others. Quit or perish!