Friday, March 31, 2023

Voting for service or servitude

With just few days left before election let us remember that the “Power to change” is in our hands yet again. Remember it is our Right as well as our Duty to cast our vote wisely. Therefore, let us stand for a principle and vote for those who are not only upright but are worthy of stewardship over the “Trust of the people”. Let us not weigh our elected members on the basis of the number of people he/she has appointed to government jobs or how many contract works/supply orders allotted over the years. (Ironically, in the land of Christ, an elected member is as good as the no. of employment he/she has secured or the amount of donations made to different Churches, Institutions, Organisations, Groups etc.). Instead, let us take into account a broad spectrum of features such as the extent of infrastructures, road connectivity, medical facilities, educational institutions, employment generation and other basic amenities for a realistic and foolproof assessment of the worth of a legislator in a particular constituency. If you think the above essentials have not been met then your choice was no better than mine and we made a bad bargain during the last election. Alas! We cannot change the past but we can definitely shape the future. What we do with our vote today will determine what future we are carving for us tomorrow. We have been lawfully given sole ownership over our one vote. For once let us be sure of who we are voting for. If you long for progress and positive changes, be sure you are voting for that leader who can ensure all that. Nothing less!
We need leaders who exude political maturity and will to serve the people he represents, who can reach out and touch the hearts of his people through simplicity in words and deeds, who profoundly values the one free vote each of us has cast in his favour because we saw in him genuine competence and spirit for transformation. More than anything, we need a Hero, a trailblazer, an avant-garde; who can fearlessly take down the atrocious system we have gradually created – a system where the host and the parasites feast together.
Let us therefore, do away with our complacent attitude and silent commiseration which are wrecking the very foundation upon which our land was built upon. Let us bring to accountability the leaders who have ravaged the land with their lies and deeds and brought more problems than solutions. Let us engage in Nation-building by promoting the culture of Accountability and Responsibility. To quote Jeremy Cronin “let us speak truth to power, make truth powerful and the powerful truthful.
“VOTE WISELY” lest you and I stand accused of electing a dumb ass, corrupt, good for nothing, self-righteous, fund hoarding, nymphomaniac entity “AGAIN”.
L. Imlinungba Lkr.

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