Relief to know there are few
good men and women prepared to act without fear.
Some individuals have distinguished themselves as no-nonsense
Chief Justice Archie on mission to transform the judiciary.
Budget debate must not be trivialised by focus on politics.
a time when there is constant and legitimate complaint that
many who hold high office appear ill-equipped to perform
their respective tasks, it is a great relief to know that
there are a few good men and women who are prepared to act
independently without fear and with tremendous fervour at
the helm of their respective institutions.
We often lament that we have no leaders worthy of emulation
and that those in charge suffer from a swell-headedness
that cannot be easily cured.
The phenomenon that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts
absolutely seems to ring true when one looks at most individuals
who have reached high places and have since forgotten the
virtues of compassion, humility, integrity and honesty.
They conduct themselves with unacceptable arrogance and
impose themselves upon the people whom they claim to serve.
Their track record is despicable yet they are rewarded for
their non-performance by being given an extension of time
There are instances in which people have been appointed
to positions and by their own admission have underestimated
their portfolios or not appreciated the weight of the workload
placed upon their shoulders.
Such a misapprehension is understandable but failure to
bat admirably when at the crease is unforgivable. And that
is where the problem lies. We have too many square pegs
in round holes.
Upgrade in justice
But that having been said, there are a few individuals who
have been able to distinguish themselves in a short space
of time as no-nonsense people who are prepared to ensure
that there is appropriate transformation within their departments.
Such people recognise from the outset that the public is
disenchanted with the current state of affairs and there
has been too much talk and too little action.
That we have not yet learned that to whom much is given,
much is expected is an indictment against all who encourage
or participate in the wastage of our precious resources.
Such an accusation cannot be made against Chief Justice
Ivor Archie who has expressly declared his mission to
ensure the judiciary looks like a country rich in human
and material resources well before 2020. It is to
the credit of the Chief Justice that he has an extensive
agenda for transformation and has set a time line shorter
than the period when we are supposed to achieve developed
It is clear by the content of his address, delivered at
the opening of the 2008-2009 law term, that the Chief Justice
has charted a course that will redound to the benefit of
the administration of justice.
The inclusion of all stakeholders and the indication that
discussions are on-going with parties whose contributions
are considered necessary to effect the relevant changes
in the current system speak volumes to the laudable approach
that has been adopted by the Chief Justice in his commitment
to upgrade the present system.
Even better are the mechanisms that will be put in place
to monitor and control all areas of activity including the
delivery of judgments and improved accessibility to information
on the status of cases in courts throughout the country.
When the Chief Justice achieves the stated goals it will
auger to the benefit of the nation and will act as an impetus
for others who are the champions of transformation to forge
ahead to complete their unenviable task. As it stands the
Chief Justice is on track and will make us proud.
Boom to gloom
We often forget that we have in the past moved from economic
boom to gloom and that if we do not learn from our mistakes,
history will soon repeat itself.
Representations and assurances that our present financial
position and economic future are in good order despite indicators
that seem to suggest otherwise are of little value to those
who lived through the downturn in the 80s and 90s.
Bearing in mind that we are not all financial wizards and
would want to be confident that mechanisms and measures
are in place to prevent the adverse effects of any such
economic depression, it is hoped that this matter will be
comprehensively addressed in the budget presentation next
Far too often the budget debate is trivialised by the focus
on politics rather than a discussion of policies. And while
it is expected that parliamentarians from both sides will
seek to gain political advantage, points must not be gained
based on inaccurate representations or exaggerated versions
Two female politicians from different benches will have
the opportunity to prove their worth as representatives
of the people and it is hoped that they will not let politics
get in the way of their overriding duty to country.
Heres your talent
For a nation that is rich in natural and human resources,
it is a downright shame that our wealth has not been invested
in a manner that would bring us all hope, pride and glory.
The biblical story of the master who gave his servants talents
is applicable to our situation, with us as the servant who
did nothing but bury the talent, and then insulted the master.
If we continue to take for granted all the blessings bestowed
upon us and expect that we will be rewarded, then we are
in for a major wake-up call.
The time of challenge in which we live provides us with
the opportunity to strengthen our resolve and prove our
capability as a dynamic and knowledgeable people.
Instead of running to the finish line at full speed with
our eyes focused straight ahead, we fall prey to political
distraction and stumble along the way. We must set our goals
high and not be prepared to accept second place if we can
win the first prize. We must chart our course and stay on
As long as we perform to the best of our ability we will
be able to account our God that we have run the race to
the end and never lost the faith.