9 December 2016
Today, December 9th is International Anti-corruption Day.
There are millions of people living in many parts of the world without clean water, a square meal a day, and basic medical care. Yet a few politicians and bureaucrats who plundered them and their country systematically, are living in luxury in their midst.
We can live without this cruelty.
The last couple of years have been quite eventful years for the anti-corruption movement. In the past, we used to see most corruption cases reported from China and India. These two countries were very corrupt. Things have changed. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have made their indelible marks. Both are undoubtedly committed to routing out corruption. Decisive in the action, they have sent high ranking people, including sitting chief ministers and politburo members to jail. There is fear in the minds of bureaucrats and politicians who indulge in corruption. That is hopefully why we see fewer corruption cases reported now. There still are some more to be cleaned up. With that in mind the process to end corruption must continue.
You can do your bit by spreading the word of anti-corruption among your friends through social media online.
International Anti-Corruption Day was launched in 2003 by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a way of raising awareness of corruption. The day is meant to highlight the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The convention reminds us that corruption ought to be combated and prevented from taking root.
We, at corruption.net, wish all a world free of corruption.