Let us heed Pope’s advice to win war against corruption
Economic plunderAt the same time, poverty is on the increase. Economic plunder is on the increase. The cost of living keeps rising. We can make a long list of what is not going right in our country as a result of corruption. The pain of corruption does not come instantly like the pain of a snake bite or stinging bees. It is gradual but fatal. We have two choices in the fight against corruption. We can take flight from corruption or choose to fight it.
SEE ALSO :Pope says sorry for slapping womanThe media have done a great job in exposing mega corruption. We can learn from the media on corruption. We must join the courageous in condemning the corrupt manner in which taxpayer’s resources are used by unscrupulous individuals. If we fear to confront the monster of corruption, we become corrupt ourselves. We start to tolerate corruption. We start to sympathise with corrupt people. We end up internalising and justifying corrupt practices when they favour us.
Amassing wealthOur safeguard against corruption is in our own human nature. We are not born thieves, thugs, crooks or don’t cares who don’t respect law and order. Children who are born in families or societies where honesty and integrity are valued get shocked when they encounter liars. They cannot tolerate adults who don’t do the right thing. They grow up with respect of who they are. In turn they respect other people and aim to do good to others. Consequently, none of us should act as if being corrupt is a good thing. Our own nature through our conscience tells us that corruption (plundering public resources, amassing wealth at the expense of the poor, selling services that should be free, unjustified outsourcing of services and goods, exploiting the ignorance of the poor among others) is not the right thing to do.
SEE ALSO :Pope Francis kisses nunThe fight against corruption, therefore, can be seen along these two lines. One, that our nature allows us to be good people hence upright, respectful to the law, caring for social order, sharing of our talents and gifts for the benefit of humanity and minding the well-being of people we do not even know. Two, that courage is a God-given gift. However, we do not have to be violent and aggressive when protesting against corruption. We need to learn from Jesus Christ a lesson or two. If someone slaps your cheek for standing against corruption, ask the aggressor; “what wrong have I done my friend?” It is in the interest of each one of us to enjoy services from government, private institutions and one another without being corrupt. Dr Mokua lectures on Media and Communications Studies
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