After a lengthy debate on the Panama Papers leaks a new debate has now been stirred; is corruption an issue for the common people? There are two points of views in this regard, on one hand there are those who believe that corruption of the political elite and bureaucracy is not an issue for the people. On the other hand there are those who maintain that corruption indeed is an issue that directly affects the people. The first group of people believes that health facilities, education facilities, inflation, unemployment and provision of basic facilities are the main issues and should be discussed more; this group also believes that the issue of corruption has no bearing on people. The other point of view is that corruption is the root cause of all these above mentioned ills and if there are no corrupt elements in the system the provision of basic facilities and other issues will automatically be reduced. Named of many politicians were included in the Panama Papers and have reinvigorated the debate surrounding corruption and accountability. The narrative that corruption has no impact on the people and there are more serious issues is completely wrong. Corruption impacts the society in more ways then one, a society where corruption is prevalent will never be able to stand on its feet, provision of justice, basic rights and every other right that a citizen has can never be provided to the citizens when the government system itself is corrupt. For a society to prosper and flourish every person must be held accountable (starting from the very top). Moreover those found guilty of corruption must not be let off the hook.
Corruption is an issue that directly affects the people.