New Cabinet: Meritocracy vs empty loyalty
From Page 8 and a new cabinet is expected to add impetus in dealing a death blow to corruption and break the power jinx that seemed to have been curved on stone in the old regime.
It brought a whole lot of hope to the country’s populace that had for long yearned to see an end to the economic and social malady that was a result of a coterie of problems, among them corruption that was fuelled by a government that paid little attention to it.
A deep seated culture of impunity was growing strong, undisturbed, unchecked almost legal and yet hurting and thinning the moral fibre while excessively bleeding the national economy. Shockingly however, the culture was watered, cultivated and even mulched by government ministers and their respective departments that were taking the lead in promoting corruption, mendacity, abuse of power by looting the State resources.
The law was bended and applied selectively in the country and it became apparent that arrest and prosecution was reserved for the poor and not connected citizens while those with fat pockets could easily buy their freedom.
The law was twisted and taught to know and respect certain faces while those that were mandated to ensure the law was adhered to were compromised and even entangled directly or indirectly in the web of corruption.
The rot in the Government was now stinking high and wide and could no longer be concealed. What made it more nauseating was that those who were fingered in corruption even with glaring evidence were immune to prosecution.
They were protected to the point of even mudding the waters before investigations were instituted lest their ruse would be penetrated. The society was so much divorced, blind and ignorant to the definition of justice, fairness, professional and ethical conduct.
It had become a society that was sustained by lies of the glib intellectual misfits who were using their political leaning to the real corridors of power as a cushion against the tentacles of the law.
They lied in order to avoid accountability or conversely to seize the reins of accountability to a point where the social contract between the Government and the governed had become theirs alone to write.
They lied in order to keep the coffers of ideological purity full. And more often than not they would use the money they got corruptly from the country’s poor citizens to buy those they wanted and those whose ideas and influence they couldn’t bury.
They sought to endlessly enrich themselves at the expense of the public and while at it tried to turn their personal morality or religion into everyone else’s legality or religiosity. It was a system that had become so rotten at the core and where the centre could no longer hold, a system that glorified corruption. It was therefore a culture of impunity to corruption that contributed significantly to the buckling of the country’s economy but with the ushering in of a new political administration and a new cabinet there is a flick of hope in the minds of many.
While it may be too early to look for results which are starting to manifest, it can never be too early and wrong to be optimistic that the new Government will turn the clock to the days of prosperity and economic bountifulness.
Those that have been mandated with steering the country’s ministries are not by any means helter-skelter creatures who keep on returning to the same poisoned troughs of corruption, looting and abuse of office.
They seem to be aware that the terrain ahead of them is fraught with obstacles and should plan and execute everything with detailed discipline. Negligence, incompetence, corruption and the culture of impunity should never be tolerated.
The law should be impartial in its application and those that engage in the vice should be arrested and locked and the keys thrown in the ocean. The country however, is optimistic that the commitment made by the political administration will not remain just a statement on paper but will be followed with practical steps towards a corruption free environment.