#Editorial

Corruption threatens democracy!

Jul 30, 2021, 11:51 AM

Corruption without a doubt is a worldwide, disastrous phenomenon.

It is an undeniable fact that corruption anywhere weakens the economy and threatens democracy. It also erodes the trust of the people in position, thereby impeding meaningful development. It’s a cankerworm that needs to be uprooted in any group, society or country.

It sad to hear that 61% of Gambian believe that President Adama Barrow and his administration are doing little to tackle corruption in this country. This is quite evident that corruption is once again showing it ugly face in the country. The involvements at some extent, senior government officials, have raised eyebrows. This is a cause of concern. Thus, corruption is becoming a major problem.

This appalling menace should be fought in all fronts because it is the enemy of security, development, progress and peace. The battle against this menace therefore should be everyone's responsibility.

At an individual level, we should strive to make it difficult for the corruption to thrive by blowing the whistle on those that steal from taxpayers or abet the malpractice.

Also, state agencies should also ensure that corrupt individuals have nowhere to hide their ill-gotten wealth by seizing assets and freezing bank accounts held both locally and abroad.

More importantly, there is need for an anti-corruption commission in The Gambia to probe and take on some corruption related menace. In most African countries there exist anti-corruption commissions that to some extent deter people from such selfish misconduct.

Until then, this dreadful misconduct involving top civil servants will continue to thrive and become an issue to handle. It is high time government wage a war on corruption.

Even though, there are many reasons why corruption is growing, but the low wages of civil servants should not be an excuse for people to involve in corruption. Let’s fight it and together we can make headway!

"Democracy must be buil through open societies that share information. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption,  subjugation and indignation."

Atifete Jahjaga

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