New Cab­i­net: Mer­i­toc­racy vs empty loy­alty

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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.

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