Democracy, Elections, Governance and the quest for a transformative people’s constitution (Part II)

Choices to make: The country’s citizens face a general election next year PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Choices to make: The country’s citizens face a general election next year PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

There are many recorded instances of harassment of the opposition, free media, disdain for civil society, state sponsored social media terrorism against political opponents.

The latter has reached alarming proportions in many countries. Corruption is rampant and pervasive. Private money that sponsors political party campaigns has proven to be a danger to democracy as the monied are able to buy governments in waiting ahead of elections – a phenomenon that often results in state capture by private interests with the result that governments become accountable to those who sponsored them to win power than the people. Private funding of political parties needs to be regulated.

All the above instances have led to massive civil society disengagement from the electoral process and the death of participatory democracy. Democracy should never be understood as simply voting every election cycle. It must involve continuous participation of the people in the manner in which they are governed.

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Parents should be more proactive in children’s lives

Parents need to pay particular attention to their children to ensure they grow up in a healthy environment that supports their development and mental health. Healthy attachments between parents and children foster strong bonds, creating a solid foundation for future leaders.In many African cultures, there is a common perception that parents should use a stick to discipline naughty children. While disciplining children is important, it is equally...

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