Corruption will kill Zambia if we don’t kill it now
Dear Editor, According to the United Nations, “corruption undermines human development and democracy.
It reduces access to public services by diverting public resources for private gain.”
Corruption or corrupt practices could simply be defined as unethical way of doing things.
In other words getting things done in a fraudulent manner without due regards to moral decorum.
Corruption is also an acquisition of wealth through dubious means.
Corruption will not do any good to anyone in the long term basis, either to the giver or the receiver of the corrupted money. Corruption harms everybody because it is based on injustice! Some people could be corrupt without them being conscious of it because the system permits it while others are directly involved in the act of corruption because they see it as the quickest means to become rich.
Corruption has significant economic, social and political costs. It is associated with more unequal societies, unemployment, bad infrastructure, higher levels of organized crime, poor government, weaker rule of law, reduced voters turnout in National parliamentary elections and lower trust in political institutions. Corruption has the tendency to discourage investors from doing business in corrupt countries. Corruption makes it likely that domestic businesses will invest overseas rather than at home.
Corruption leads to allocative inefficiency or diverting public resources for private gain. Corruption is a global threat. It is a serious roadblock to any country’s economic growth.
In a country like Zambia that is not spared by corruption, one may ask: How free of corruption is the government?
Can the people of Zambia trust the government and other institutions? How is the state money spent and on whom?
Zambians should start anticorruption clubs in schools, colleges and universities.
Zambians should be mobilized against corruption and now take their destiny in their hands. The fight should not be left alone to groups like the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Let everyone join the fight against corruption.
We all want to live a peaceful, prosperous and happy life, don’t we? A corruption free society just provide that to us.
Let us fight corruption in all its forms. Let us build a corrupt free Zambia together.
Say no to any form of corruption.