The National, Wednesday October 16th, 2013
ONE of the most important aspects of leadership that needs to be checked every day is trust.
Leaders are elected to the parliament out of trust.
It is that trust that must be repaid by the leaders.
It is not for the leaders to perform extraordinary tasks. It is their job to bring the essential services that people lack in their backyards.
Simple things such as good doctors, hospital workers, roads and infrastructure are needed to help make things happen for the people.
In all these, it is the trust that the leaders need to repay to the people by doing the simple things that they need to do.
Money is allocated every year by the government to implement plans.
However, things that need to be done around the country do not happen because of slackness in political will, unproductive public servants or a combination of the two which brings people back to the Stone Age.
Most problems associated with the law and order problem in the country mostly emerge out of frustrations.
If only our leaders could help provide the essential services that make lives easier for our people, law and order situations around the country will be minimised.
Adding to the problems, policing of the country’s laws are very weak.
Our police force clearly needs more training in applying the laws in our communities.
The police force seem to be a law unto themselves. They appear to be able to do anything under the sun.
They are used to behaving inappropriately and always give lame excuses when law and order situations need attention.
Six months training for the disciplined forces is not enough.
To deal with children, mothers and the general public, they need to know work ethics and general people-to- people skills.
To deal with emergency situations, they need to be trained in first aid and evacuation procedures.
Their training seems to centre on how to handle firearms. The officers are good at discharging firearms in public and shooting anything that crosses their path without due consideration for innocent civilians, children and even animals.
Such actions promote the lowering of the public’s trust in the police force and the leaders.
People fear the police more than the criminals. This clearly indicates a serious problem existing in the midst of a flawed democracy.
When policing of the laws are ineffective, it clearly indicates that democracy is off-track.
No wonder we are sometimes referred to as a failed state.
To make things work in a vibrant democracy, policing of a high standard is a very important tool.