Conforming to the laws of the land
A country can develop only when policy makers set the rules according to the laws of the country – and when these laws then regulate and guide the day to day existence of all citizens in an equitable manner.
Upholding the rule of law – conforming to the laws of the land – is the need of the hour. Safeguarding the checks and balances enshrined in our constitution, and set out in the statutes, should be the responsibility of our leaders, lawmakers and policy makers so that society as a whole may benefit, and development and progress can be supported.
Laws must be in place to deter and prevent the abuse of power, fraud and any action that goes against the country’s and its citizens’ interest. But laws alone will not resolve the imbalances and abuse of power.
We cannot expect a just outcome merely by expecting the law to be followed by citizens alone. The rule of law must govern all – without discrimination or favour, especially those who hold and wield political power – so as to ensure that justice and equity prevail no matter what, and regardless of individual circumstances.
Too often, have we seen too many instances in which the law has been applied unequally. Too often, the abuse of power has been to the detriment of the most vulnerable. This is and has been a significant stumbling block to national development and progress.
The rule of law and order should be untainted by politics and beyond reproach, and every citizen should be equal before the law, regardless of rank and resource.
The rule of law and order should be untainted by politics and beyond reproach, and every citizen should be equal before the law