Corruption is a global cancer that damages the fabric of development in any nation. Corruption affects everyone, but women face the brunt of it in developing countries. As women make up half of the world’s population, the fight against corruption cannot be achieved without their full and active participation. This can come in various forms –from the home to public institutions. As Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India, once put it, corruption cannot be eradicated by a single leader, single political party or the media, only a movement from the households and societies can check it.
The wave of institutionalization of democracy through regular elections in Sub-Saharan Africa has intensified over the last two decades. Despite its accompanying challenges, they still give citizens an opportunity to participate in their governance. Whether this is an indication of democratic growth in fledgling democracies like Liberia and Sierra Leone is still up for debate as both countries head to the polls. Liberians will vote in the second round of the Presidential elections in the coming weeks while, Sierra Leoneans go to the multi-tier elections (Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections) on March 7th, 2018. Despite their differences, both countries have quite a bit in common, such as similarities in food, sources of income and the unenviable notoriety for bad governance. Each country also has the potential to inspire the other to higher heights in transforming the lives of their citizens.
Politics should not be a battle with bullets. It should be fought on ideas and issues. Civility is core and influential in getting one’s message across, politically. And where there is political decorum, the masses earn the better side of it, through the delivery of result upon one’s election.
When monstrous tendencies and coercion are employed to get a political support, it becomes worrisome for the very survival of the political platform upon which, an individual represents. Political violence in whatever form has no place in modern day democracy. Where such is perpetrated, it should be condemned in its entirety. A political entity should use acceptable means to woo voters, and not seeking brutal means to attain power.