Corruption must not continue like a sporting arena

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The evidence of corruption in this country over the past 52 years had been invariably high – the two commissions of inquires in the aftermath of our two previous administrations are typical examples.

These should serve as an eye opener to a government that comes to restore a lost democracy and respect for human and peoples’ rights after 22 years of dictatorial governance. We can’t be blinded by the fact that corruption still exists in all forms in this country and it’s the duty of the Barrow administration to offer powerful prescription to blunt its effects.

It’s the president’s job to spell out the national objective and these objectives must be the same whoever takes the mantle of leadership of this country, and this objectives must include ending or significantly reducing corruption, and if one pretends otherwise, is to play a windowsill political game.

This is a nation of decent and hardworking people, and therefore, we want a nationally minded government which puts the national interest first every time and at the expense of everything. We want to see a government where confrontation would not be seen as the only way of achieving real political and social change.

We want a government that wouldn’t portray itself like the out gone old establishment engine that got rusted without realising the danger of breaking down and that no quick service was better enough to make it effective once more.

With this new and so-called found freedom, we want the government to realise that when corruption is rampant and becoming a sporting arena in a nation, the political, economic and cultural establishments become undermined too – which can gravely put a country into upheaval. This is evidence in Britain in 1968 – when people imagined that the gap between the ordinary people and politicians was huge, it led to a new protest and radical ideas had sprung to the surface.

We acknowledged that corruption is a global challenge and nations have put measures but yet finds it incredibly hard to curb it, however, it’s our wish that the Barrow government will come with a new and unique form of mechanism that would significantly reduce the menace. 

Corruption seems deeply rooted in Africa and it’s a fact that only very few countries are determined to give maximum attention to address it. It has already stained the continent with many countries being sternly impoverished as a consequence.

José Ugaz, chair, Transparency International, once said: “corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion. While corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life, millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation.”

“Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.”
Joe Biden