New names, old problem

2023-09-05 18:25:03Pikëpamje SHKRUAR NGA LUTFI DERVISHI
The new ministers

Changes in the government did not come from street pressure, nor from opposition pressure, but from the shadow of Justice and the routine of change for the sake of change.

Those who left, those who came, and those who circulated, received the news at the same time as the public.

Both those who left and those who were circulated did not understand why they left. But the most surprised are those who became ministers.

The new names mean nothing to the public because the ruling Party has avoided public debate for 10 years - in which politicians stand out. Focused on propaganda and the idea that we have no opposition, the new names in the government cabinet (except for Maznik) do not say anything to the public.

The prime minister seems to have decided to also be the prime minister of foreign affairs, not to have too many obstacles from the accounts department, and has the luxury of accommodating whomever he wants and putting out on the streets those who become a burden to him. 

Although he spoke for almost an hour about the extraordinary success in tourism, the Prime Minister was not calm, let alone smiling. The short shadow of SPAK and the long list of scandals are the other side of the coin.

The motto that responsibility is individual does not exclude political, administrative and moral responsibility.

Corruption that is both elite and capillary in the country cannot be fought with 8 SPAK prosecutors. The solution is not SPAK. It is primarily the responsibility of the executive.

The affairs for which half of the left government is in SPAK, did not come from heaven, nor are they discovered by SPAK and are not unintentional mistakes. The affairs have been revealed by the media, civil society and the opposition for years. SPAK, sometimes timidly and sometimes more strongly, is collecting the thread that the opposition and civil society have sent to the door. Even in big cases, the quality of the denunciation is higher than that of the investigation.

The government would be applauded if the anti-corruption structures of the executive sent the files or denunciations to SPAK. It would be ideal for us to distance ourselves when the affairs were discovered.

What we have seen is denial, opposition, resistance to the point where the cup of oppression is full and starts and spills. And the resistance has also been made in the parliamentary investigative commissions.

The problem of corruption that has been growing during these 10 years is not solved with sermons and warnings. (It is the duty of the hodge and the priest to speak against theft) a vineyard is not made with bridges, but with hoes and shovels!

The fight against corruption requires first of all political will, deep reforms and political responsibility, accountability within the executive. 

If the Prime Minister and the government take press articles seriously (especially investigative articles), if the internal controls and anti-corruption departments will work, if responsibility will be drawn from the reports of the KLSH and the parliamentary investigative commissions, if the denunciations of the opposition will not be considered as mud to the "achievements of the government, then the government today would be calmer and would not boast that it is not leaving SPAK without work.

The changes in the government and the speech of the Prime Minister do not give any signal that there will be a pro-active approach to corruption. The main message is: beware of SPAK. "Two hands for a head".

The changes in the government on the 10th anniversary of the coming to power of the SP, apart from the names, do not bring anything new. The problems are old.