Thu, 09 Mar 2023 Feature Article

Guarding angles of corrupt politicians: voters

Guarding angles of corrupt politicians: voters

Colonial masters were exploiting their colonies but took great care during the process that their own staff was not corrupt but took measures to fight corruption in their colonies. Absolute reigning monarchy exploited their citizens with a vicious eye on corrupt civil servants under their watch. They wanted total control over what in their eyes were their belongings.

Ghana's Asantehene ventured into the business of selling slaves to the white man as a reaction to the reduction of gold from his lands by the Paramount Chief and other Nanas withholding gold found on the Asantehene lands. They wanted power to be in their own hands to have a better life and a possible chance to overthrow the man on the Golden Stool. They used their extra unlawful profit to bribe people loyal to them to ensure a constant supply of more money and more power. Extra money created a network of contacts and people loyal to each other rowing the same boat on the same river.

The system of corruption is only possible in the command chain of inter-dependency. It creates a hunger for more in a sustainable way. From small favors to bigger ones makes anyone in this system a candidate to make it to the top rank. In the shortest of time, the basis of service and its meaningfulness of it is totally forgotten and oppressed. Any moral value of right and wrong is washed away by the power and superstitious color banknotes have on morally unstable people.

In modern states and democracies, laws are passed to be a deterrent against the temptation of individuals and groups of individuals to sideline honesty to gain political or private power and fortune. Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of the UK is in the spotlight to be questioned over his activities to be MP while at the same time earning large sums of money giving speeches and publishing papers, books, and articles.

Political control by the political elite, an independent and diverse media landscape, an independent justice system, and adequate law enforcement are the pillars of effective control over the cancer of corruption. When corruption at the top of a society is made public and well-known in line with a weak anti-corruption mentality it creates a shield like an umbrella under which lesser corrupt offenses bear fruits like mushrooms on wetlands.

Over time the destructive mentality becomes the norm while using the written law of fighting corruption becomes the pink color of illusion a drug addict sees it for hours being in a parallel universe.

Democracy in the hands of people not made for them or not ready for it is like giving alcohol to minors. Drinking responsibly respectively vote responsibility is not only a process to learn what is right and wrong but is in some cases a challenge too complicated to accomplish. Therefore it does not wander outside critical observers that in the context of African societies like e.g. Ghana, voters are of the do-or-die belief their parties will surely fight corruption and be itself definitely never corrupt only to realize over time by facts they saw pink colors again. To get away from seeing pink colors they start praising the less corrupt politicians as their Lord and Savior.

Someone addicted to the system of corruption has to take the needle out of his venes and heal himself the hard way. The pink color is never the future of glory and healthy life.