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The baobab tree infested with Corruption

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The whole Independent State of New Guinea Papua, the country, the nation, is a baobab tree infested with Corruption (with a capital “C”). And like a baobab tree the National Government with the national leaders are the base and thick trunk and the Provincial Governments led by Governors and provincial leaders are the rotting angular branches that are infected because the trunk is infected..

WHAT to do? Well, corruption of the kind we see in PNG has developed a life – a growing industry – of its own. So much so that the practices we see are so blatantly blurred that it is probably no longer possible to determine what is right from wrong; or good from bad; or what we knew as grand corruption from a daily, seemingly acceptable transaction.

It is awfully difficult to weed out corruption if the leaders, authorities and the institutions that are supposed to guard against it are in fact the worst perpetrators and promoters. Their lack of will and decisive actions and evasive explanations almost give legitimacy at every level of government and in all aspects of governance.

Don’t let’s allow politicians to fool us by well sounding statements that they are trying to do something to stem corruption. NOT only is corruption here to stay but it has found fertile ground in willing participants and can only grow. It will keep growing because the powers that be and all the mongrels that facilitate and enhance it and who benefit from it know that it pays to be corrupt in PNG.

It seems it pays to be corrupt until the People, the masses, get sick and tired of it. That is what the Arab Spring was all about. May a Melanesian Dawn is in the offing somewhere down the bush track.

ICAC is a red herring.

The Ombudsman Commission can’t possibly see or notice what is going on at ground level because they are perched in the Ivory Tower in the middle of Port Moresby CBD.

Auditor-General is a “dohore” body of 8am to 4.06pm PNGns and Asians that awaken their survival instincts only after the horses have bolted out of the corrals and their reports are essentially compliant reports that only hurt any offenders over the knuckles.

It makes you feel like crying when you see women, mothers in the market stalls from Boram to Buin and Buka; from Malaoro at Gordons to the Goroka Market; from Tari to Telefomin or from the street vendors trying to pawn Chinese made items to the ladies with dishes of scorns, omelettes on their heads at refueling service stations trying to make a quid.

Corruption is a disease. If it is not cured it will eat PNG’s heart and soul away. It’s a disease far worse than HIV-AIDS because it affects even those that do not participate or come into contact with the one’s involved in it. It also leaves the country in a very sad predicament because at least with

Corruption we can take legislative, criminal and policy actions and do something about it. With HIV-AIDS there is no known cure really.

Corruption is right up there with three most “profitable” and noticeable growing industries in this country:

  1. Security Services
  2. Corruption
  3. 
Prostitution
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  1. JUDY
    July 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hey !! So very well written and explained.I could not have written any better,you took the very words and thoughts I had on the issue and put them in such a way that I can only say,’well done!’and keep up the good work of exposing and expressing such monstrosity and evil practices that has embedded those who have lived their lives of luxury at the expense of all other Papua New Guinean…

  2. July 5, 2013 at 12:44 am

    The disease is also befall my country, corruption is a human crime. Consequences, terrible

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