Wealthy, while the poor weep

The Star Late Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS - OUPA NG­WENYA

MORE and more, it ap­pears, the con­cept of gov­ern­ment is slip­ping away from our shared un­der­stand­ing and col­lec­tive ex­pec­ta­tions. Dep­re­cat­ingly, gov­ern­ment means the peo­ple out­side it must not hope for any­thing from those in it.

The poi­soned sense is that those in­side gov­ern­ment owe noth­ing to those out­side it. Ac­count­abil­ity is a cheeky thing to de­mand.

The oaths of of­fice taken seem not to be bind­ing to the con­science of this type. The pre­pon­der­ance of this type go by the gospel that con­science car­ries no weight in gov­ern­ment. Al­beit some still try to negate this type, it ap­pears to be a los­ing bat­tle. If you can’t beat them, join them, is the rule.

The in­cor­ri­gi­ble do not bother that to be in the gov­ern­ment in­curs greater re­spon­si­bil­ity im­ply­ing in­tu­itive ca­pa­bil­ity to pre­vent un­pleas­ant con­se­quences, res­cue the vul­ner­a­ble, throw the rule book at trans­gres­sors and im­prison the ir­re­deemable for be­ing a men­ace to so­ci­ety.

For the ir­re­deemable, be­ing in the gov­ern­ment means to be happy, wealthy and live in ex­trav­a­gance at the cost of the peo­ple gov­erned. In re­turn, the gov­erned re­main un­happy, poor and wal­low in dis­tress.

For those in the gov­ern­ment it is like heaven on earth, en­joy­ing prox­im­ity to power – cling­ing for dear life and even har­ing, maim­ing and killing for it.

The no­tion of gov­ern­ment must be re­vis­ited, rein­vented and re­newed.

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