Category: Opinions Written by The Nation Mirror Admin
The words of one of the ECS missionaries Dr. Mark Nickel to Bishop Nathaniel Garang Anyieth was that “it is not a sin before God to squander the wealth of ignorant people”, reminded me that even the most educated of the church acknowledge the existence of corruption amongst us in our society. Today at least for South Sudan, corruption is the password, an oft-heard subject of discussions and conversations on all kinds of forums and platforms. The simple layman’s definition of corruption is to get a job done in a wrong and unethical way.
The first thing that we should analyse is that why do we do any work in a wrong way? The answer to this is quite simple and obvious. We do a job in a wrong way because firstly the right way to do it is very cumbersome, elaborate and time consuming, and even then, the chance is that, the job may still not be done. Besides getting it done in the right way is not possible as, people are so used to wrong doing that, the person trying the way to do it correctly will appear unwise. Moreover, doing a task in the right way has no advantages attached to it. For these simple reasons, the right and honest method of doing work is long forgotten and corrupt practices have become the way of life.
When this is the simple reason for us to do wrong, why should anyone even try to do anything in the right way? When we work honestly, the result is that, either the work is not done or it gets delayed. Besides, there is no bonus or incentives for the honest way of doing things. This, is why, when we study right versus wrong, the later always prevails, and then why not all do the wrong and reap a harvest? This is exactly what is happening in this nascent nation of South Sudan.
It is not that, there is no corruption elsewhere in the world, this is a worldwide phenomenon and even to some extent human, but in South Sudan, it flourishes more than anywhere else. This is because since the wrong doers and corrupt people are never punished, they are never seen to suffer, they are encouraged, all the more to be more and more corrupt seeing them enjoying the fruits of corrupt practices, the other honest or not so corrupt are also encouraged to take the path of success-corruption. In this way, even the one time honest people join the bandwagon of the corrupt because they find greener pastures on the corrupt side of the fence.
In the process of corruption continue to flourish and increase, with more and more people joining the joy ride. With this process continuing for almost a decade now, the ratio between the corrupt and honest people keeps varying in large proportions the sight of honest being minimal and the graph of the corrupt continuously on the rise. The result of this simple process is working through the last decade; the result is what we see today. It is almost impossible to find or locate an honest man, an honest organization as; we are all involved in different proportions, contributing to end the trend.
A simple solution to this magnum problem as I see it is, giving stringent punishment to the wrong doers and equally important is to reward lavishly the good and the honest – if of course any such individual is found. If the honest are rewarded, I am sure that more people would like to remain honest, and if the corrupt are punished severely it is certain that the number of corrupt would be on the wane.
This simple solution I suggest because even today, when we stand on the threshold of seemingly total corruption, I feel that human beings are still basically good and no one would like be bad or corrupt. We are most of us tending to do the wrong because either it pays dividends or, because we just can’t help it. If work and working system becomes more efficient why will anyone like to pay even a pound to get work done? It is when work just cannot be done in the correct procedure that most people tend to become corrupt just to get their work done.
So, together with the reward and punishment systems, the working systems should be made more efficient then, I presume there will be less and even negligible corruption in South Sudan. Thus, as we all know corruption is rampant everywhere, and, unless we deal with it with an iron hand, there can be very little or no headway in improving the crumbling situation.