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Sometimes you wonder why some dishonourable leaders still want to keep their office when elsewhere the dishonourable will leave their office because their conduct or character makes them unfit for the office or the position they occupy. In my country and many parts of Africa, the painful truth is that they refuse to leave because they bought their position and not because they earned it honourably.

If your value, character, conduct is what elevated you to such position, anytime you lose such values, you don't need anyone to tell you “you are not worth holding the said position again”.

Even if you belong to a political party but the party’s conduct dishonours your position, you don't stay in your office, you leave to keep the values you have. For the good book says good name is better than riches; "A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank" - Proverbs 22:1-2 (MSG).

Your reputation becomes more important than the money and privileges you earn as the result of the position. If you lose the reputation or the good name whilst in office, you step down so you can rebuild what you have lost.

But the story is different when you come to Ghana and other African countries, many people don't earn such positions or offices by merit, they rather buy them. People sell all their properties and belongings just to occupy a public position; they buy their way from the grassroots to the top. The question is, what else do you expect from them when they finally get into office; It is harvest time, to recoup all that they invested into the position.

It does not stop there, they have to earn profit and even invest some for the future. To them, they might not get this opportunity again. Such people do not come into office to serve the interest of the people, although that is the assumed purpose. They are rather there to serve the interest of their pockets.

When they are in office, public money becomes their money; state property becomes theirs after they leave office. The people they swore to make life better for them, become poorer and worse before they leave office. The reason is simple, they use the money meant for the people for their personal interest.

When they cry to the public that there is no money, they will be building projects in ghost names. The money meant for the public project is diverted to their personal project.

When they go wrong in office, or do something which compromises their office, even with hard evidence against them, they still have the boldness to defend themselves, lie and hire manipulators to shield them. If you are in office to protect the public purse, you leave when you lose the money; but if you are there to steal, the story is different.

Why is that so, it’s because they have not settled their debt or made enough profit on what they used to buy the position. They are dishonourable people in offices meant for Honourables; they didn't merit it in the first place, so a demerit cannot remove them.

Hunger is what sends most of the people in our part of the world into politics and public offices. They are so loud on the airwaves, shouting and insulting because of hunger.

They are miraculously silent when they have power and their mouth and belly are full. The party in opposition is always the noise maker because it is full of people who are hungry, fighting for an opportunity to satisfy their hunger. In Ghana, most political parties have nothing new to offer Ghanaians, they are siblings with the same DNA.

The reason why a government cannot fire their dishonourable officers is because they are sponsors or financiers of the political party, they paid to bring them into power. "Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender" - Proverbs 22:7 (TLB).

Even when a government announces in the public domain that the dishonourable has been sacked from office, he or she is compensated in a better way, a way which enriches their pocket. Many of these political appointments to public offices is just a ‘thank you’ or payback cheque.

For the dishonourable, money is the ultimate. Whilst the public sees them as their saviour, healer, helper; they are rather their killers. It is only a matter of time.

The dishonourable have a short memory, they have no respect for the people who put them in office in the first place because they believe they bought the office. They soon forget the public when they come into office but only remember their needs. It is time the public learns to forget people who forget them.

In conclusion "God blesses his loyal people, but punishes all who want to get rich quick" - Proverbs 28:20 (CEV).

Please share with your friends, someone out there needs this.

Thank you for reading. This has been your Counselor and Motivator.


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