It is trite to say that corruption is one of the most prevalent social ills that plague numerous governments internationally.
This is especially true within African states where blatant corruption goes unpunished, thereby fostering a culture of impunity.
Corruption by government officials has many dire consequences, and we will focus on the effect of such corruption on environmental obligations which a country must discharge or at least be seen to be discharging.
All countries in the global community are encouraged to take part in saving the natural environment from avoidable harm, laws are passed and policies formulated to realise that end.
However, when the people charged with observing and enforcing state laws and policies go against their mandate, it is as if there are no laws at all.
In Swaziland, the effect of corrupt officials is beginning to bear fruit.
Since the country does not have a local car manufacturing plant, second hand cars can be imported and registered. However, the official position is that any person who applies for a permit to import a car manufactured over ten years before the date of the desired importation, shall not be afforded such permit. This is clearly a measure effected to reduce the importation of de facto scrap into the country.
With bribes and favours exchanging hands in the government offices, cars which are clearly older than ten years old have somehow found their way into our borders, they are registered as roadworthy, and their true “age” so to speak, is inaccurately recorded.
In reality, many such cars are breaking down irreparably and are left to rot.
Makeshift scrap-yards are mushrooming in many parts of the country and in many people’s backyards so as to meet the supply of scrap essentially fuelled by corruption. If the responsible government officials upheld the laws and policies of the land, there would be no problem at all. For as long as there is corruption this problem will spread to uncontrollable levels, if it has not already.
The government of the Kingdom must do something to address the corruption, and the environmental threat which it fosters. American philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott once said,
“Government for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.”
This statement stands true and is as relevant today as it was when it was said decades ago.
If you read this far, we assume you found this post interesting. Please help Blackle Mag thrive by sharing it using the social media buttons below.Tweet
What did you think of this post? Let us know in the comments below.