LET US BE UPRIGHT AND FORTHRIGHT IN LIFE
With Odongo Odoyo
I seasoned journalist with over 34 years in this noble field and thanks be to God, l have had the chance to cruise the seas and the skies to the national, regional and international forums. Not once but many times.
At some point l have made sure my peers also enjoy the same opportunities when they come my way.
As an experienced media man, l have learned to come to terms with the fact that the yesteryear’s combative journalism does not have room in the present media set-ups.
Our old ways of approach to issues gets outdated with time and we the old folk must agree to learn from the present world media approach.
Some old think-tank may not agree with me but the truth is that blasting and reporting that seems bent on incitements and or hate speech must be discouraged.
This is the only way sober minds can come to table and discuss to disagree or agree on issues. Time has come when issues of national and international issues must be approached and addressed with sober minds.
There is also need for whether media personalities, politicians and the general public to come to terms of being patriotic to the motherland no matter the situation.
This can best be learned from the Chinese people and their love for their country. The government and the ruling party tackle any suspected case of misdeed by public officials.
There can never be anything like corruption cases because the end result is a taboo to those involved and their loved ones. No grouping or godfathers would protect the wrong-doers.
In China it is straight talk, walk and work. No short-cut to anything. For a country to move forward, these qualities must be put in place and adopted for the good of all.
The government should be able to ensure equality of all and work according to the need of each section. The action should be reciprocated by members of the public who should work tirelessly to assist the government achieve its goals of service delivery.
Most importantly, there must be a time to appreciate and encourage those who have excelled in doing the country good in their own initiatives or created through inner self-drive. There must be a concern from all of us and this question l have asked time and again. When you wake up in the morning and the evening comes for you to go back home, can you account for what you have done for yourself?
How does it impact on the society and the country?. Have you stopped or reported someone involved in small or merger corruption deal, which is detrimental to the well-being of the country.
Have you stood your ground to correct the negativity in your surroundings and put corrective measures for the good of all. You do not need to be combative but be civil and do the right thing at the right time to help the President move this country forward to a better future for all.
It does not matter how small your contribution is as long as it is for the good of the whole country. This is how China succeeded and is going forward to be a global super-power.