But with the great growth came new challenges and mistakes by the founder
Like any business, people will dismiss you when you start a small tuck shop saying “ he will close down soon”. But when you start growing it into a supermarket, they will say “ he must have stolen money or he must be stealing from his customers”.
Haters started the usual games of badmouthing starting with “ how can the education ministry allow a fake college to operate in Kenya…lying to them that you can be admitted with low or no grades”. “ Is the government aware that people are getting certificates without sitting for proper examinations”?
Some reported to the ministry of education while others reported to mainstream media to expose the fake college.
We were visited by ministry of education officials severally but they found nothing wrong except for not formally registered by the ministry. As a matter of fact many of them found us unique and wished the ministry would follow our model. The only thing they advised us is to apply to the ministry, formally and be registered, something the founder admits he did not know initially but appreciated. He actually expected that, with the negative publicity, DALC would never be registered but the ministry officials were not moved by the rumours and DALC was formally registered in January 2006.
However, media kept on the pressure with selected media outlets being on the onslaught with some reporters actually becoming haters of the institution much as many media personalities were benefiting. It was not uncommon to have big media headlines against DALC without checking facts with DALC itself. For the records, not even one media outlet visited DALC to clarify facts.
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes was to employ family members ( both direct and indirect) by the founder. Without much appreciation, the family members took advantage of Prof Oborah’s busy schedule and kind heart to steal or negatively influence existing staff.
One of the family members used his granted access, coercion and bribery to steal all computers at Nairobi West Campus. “It was most embarrassing to find out that my own brother-in-law had swept clean the entire computer lab overnight and students could not learn because of him”, regrets Prof Oborah.
Much as he was forgiven, thanks to Prof. Oborah’s mother-in law’s pleas, the same guy stole again in Nakuru campus where he was transferred. And again, he swept clean the entire computer lab and offices including other electronics. The manager then took him to the Nakuru police station but you can imagine the embarrassment and disappointment of Prof. Oborah being asked to secure his release by the mother-in-law.
Other mistakes included “owner -knows -it -all attitude of Prof. Oborah then and which included being too trusting. Prof. admits that he developed an arrogant attitude having been let down by people close to him and thought that everyone was wrong or against him. He also admitted trusting the wrong institutions and people at some point and wishes that he could reverse that.