Corruption in Cameroon Deters Investm...

Corruption in Cameroon Deters Investment, Slows Growth

There are 3 comments on the Voice of America story from Nov 14, 2009, titled Corruption in Cameroon Deters Investment, Slows Growth. In it, Voice of America reports that:

The government of Cameroon has launched a new attack on corruption. It has arrested and jailed more than 100 former ministers, public administrators and state corporation managers -- charging them with embezzling public funds and plundering national resources.

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Musa

Berlin, Germany

#1 Nov 16, 2009
Every year and everytime we hear that the government is launching attacks on corruption but, nothing is changing, the crime is still going on and on and making the country going backward and backward. Do the government take away the embezzlers property or they just put them in the jail and after a few years there are out to enjoy with the properties and money?
TABI EMMANUEL

Buea, Cameroon

#2 Nov 18, 2010
Whenever a person accepts a political appointment or wins election to an office, he or she must take an oath to uphold the public trust. While this may sound noble on paper, enforcement of this oath can prove problematic. Very few political candidates successfully reach office without making a few promises along the way. Many of these campaign promises are harmless, such as sponsoring a bill or lobbying for more funding for schools. Other promises, however, may come closer to crossing an ethical line, such as hiring relatives or awarding government contracts to influential contributors.

Political corruption has been a fact of life for thousands of years, beginning with the first attempts at a democratic form of government in ancient Greece and Rome. Almost all of these countries' political representatives were from the wealthier class, which inevitably led to a division between the influential haves and the virtually powerless have-nots. The seeds of political corruption were planted as soon as the senators and other political leaders realized that power and wealth could be equals. Political corruption often begins with favoritism towards those with wealth and influence.

In the modern sense of the term, political corruption is a diseases on the integrity of a governmental body. Very few public officials begin their careers with the intention of becoming corrupt, but some succumb to a sinister form of peer pressure over time. Being placed in a position of significant political power can be overwhelming, and the temptation to bend or break rules for a perceived 'greater good' is always present.

So therefore corruption is natural state of being that is, it has no cure but can be slowed down without noticing.
Chris Fungwa

Douala, Cameroon

#3 Nov 20, 2010
why arrest them without retrieving the stolen funds? this is just like covering a distance of a thousand miles with zero Dispalcement.
anyways lets just say its a drop of water which will oneday fill an ocean...i wish it would'nt take a million years.

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