The public murder of his wife by former minister Kuandyk Bishimbayev is the clearest demonstration of how systemic errors operate in the recruitment of government officials, according to the renowned political analyst Dosym Satpaev.
The expert stated, «Interestingly, in the world of living nature, negative selection would lead to an evolutionary dead end. But in the bureaucracy’s world, it has its own laws. Here, the strongest survive, but not necessarily with the best qualities that they could pass on to the next generation of managers.
Negative personnel selection is dangerous in that if the state apparatus becomes a haven for either careerists or failures who cannot succeed in other fields, the country is in serious danger.
The inclination to redistribute rather than create often attracts to public service those who are not very competitive outside the government apparatus, as they suffer from competent incompetence.
The bet on «specialists with foreign education» within the nomenclature has also proven itself unsuccessful. What is needed are those who can quickly and effectively master all the backstage rules of the game and turn into a young player. Harvard and Oxford are not even necessary here.
As a result, those in power are often educated cynics and careerists who are dangerous because they lack moral and ethical guidelines.»