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African Leaders and Corruption: A Ghanaian Perspective

Comment: RE: what is the face of corruption

Mr T.
2012-09-22 08:51:45
Comment to:
What is the face of corruption?

Pelicles, I think you are missing the point. The article is not claiming African leaders are entirely responsible for corruption. From what I read, he's rather saying our leaders must set good examples and precepts for the people to follow. Though you have a point in the list of corrupt activities you enumerated, the bottom up approach to fighting corruption may not be as effective as the leaders taking the initiative.

Think about it this way, the body politic is like a common pull resource. In order for a common pull resource to operate well, people must have some form of controls or rules governing how and when the resources could be used. It takes leadership to enforce these rules that ensure rationing is followed, so that no single individual uses all the resources to the advantage of the others.

And I guess the point being made is for our leaders to set good examples so that the bank manager, purchasing clerk, and ordinary citizens follow suit. Yes "we have to change our mindset" but how do we change so (and if it were that easy for people to change their mindset, wouldn't they have done so long ago?)if we have no leaders who are themselves uncorrupted and committed to make sure people do the right things?

Lastly, you have to be careful when generalizing about people studying abroad. Most of us are not here by virtue of Ghanaian tax payers money. Far from it. We compete for scholarships with students across the globe in order to be granted access to further our education in some of the prestigious universities in the world.

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09-22 02:36
RE: what is the face of corruption
Mr T.
09-22 08:51