Corruption issues: commission omission.Thank you very much for an excellent editorial--Blair's Rendezvous with History (African Business April 2005) and the further coverage you gave to the Commission for Africa's report in the form of a letter from Yves Ekoue Amaizo Produce now, Pay later. I am one of the lucky few to have read a copy of the report in full. While the views expressed by both writers in your magazine were broadly in keeping with my own opinions, I do believe that the Commission for Africa The Commission for Africa, also known as the Blair Commission for Africa, was an initiative established by the British government to examine and provide impetus for development in Africa. failed to tackle one very important issue.
Given that one of the Commission for Africa's main recommendations is to promote good governance The terms governance and good governance are increasingly being used in development literature. Governance describes the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented). in Africa and that, by extension, means deepening the concept of multi-party democracy, why did the Commission for Africa fail to address the issue of political party funding?
This issue is, I believe, the Achilles heel Achilles heel
a small but fatal weakness [Achilles in Greek mythology was killed by an arrow in his unprotected heel]
Achilles heel n → talón m de Aquiles of the multi-party democratic system. Indeed, throughout the developed and developing world there are a multitude of instances where political funding has been less than transparent and been suspected as being a 'legitimate' means to corrupt political leaders.
It is such an important issue, not only for Africa, that omitting any reference to political funding in the report seems an amazing a·maze
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.
2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.
Alibi alibi n. an excuse used by a person accused or suspected of crime. In the original Latin it means "in another place" which has to be the ultimate alibi.
ALIBI, in evidence. This is a Latin word which signifies, elsewhere.