Laws and rules govern every society whether today or in the ‘homo erectus’ historical period. To believe that, history has clearly indicated presence of some order in the archaic periods. What is the need to observe rules and regulations? I bet you conscience is igniting some increase in adrenaline levels now that you remember you have not been observing some rules lately. If you have been observing rules, thumbs up. you are working greatly towards creating a culture that Africa needs in order to achieve her dreams.

USA, UK and many other European countries have done a lot to ensure that the rules and regulations are followed to letter. Traffic offences have been done in Kenya and other African countries and the culprits gone Scott free. Road signs and marks are set strategically for all to see but seems like all drivers behind the wheels are “mad people” less of the few who are doing well. We have installed very good machines to control traffic yet I can bet my bound of flesh like Antonio in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice that they are not serving their purpose. Why do we need policemen and women in our roads in Nairobi yet these machines are everywhere and are working? It is because traffic rules and regulations are not followed. The police are breaking the rules by taking bribes and letting the law breakers go scot free. That is why Africa needs to follow its own rules.

It’s only in Africa where majority of leaders are not eligible to honor court orders. It is not a rule. It is in Africa still where the constitution is for the few to follow and the many to “sleep” over it. Sleeping over the constitution means you are above it and some individuals believe they are above the constitution and we want to eradicate corruption. Not on this basis. We break rules, people still public funds and everybody can see and instead of following the law and prosecuting them, we call it tribal fights and alliance malice fights. One educational theorist (the conflict theory) on sorting argues that those in the working classes accept their position as lower class member of society and this has played a lot of roles in our less concerned attitude to fight corruption as the masses. Anyway if the leaders themselves don’t follow regulations, do we expect those being led to follow them?

For us to achieve economic growth and development as a continent, we need to first make sure that rules and laws are followed. With such kind of a continent; corruption will decrease so much and as such we could have economic growth on the rise. If we follow laws and regulations, there is a chance accidents will drastically decline unbelievably and it will do us lots of good. We have a chance to become an economic giant in the world if we just but do the simple tasks; those of observing regulations and laws.


Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege is the Editor and topical contributor for the Daily Focus. He writes in the areas of Science, Manufacturing, Technology, Innovation, Governance, Management and International Emerging Issues. For featuring, promotions or support, reach out to us at
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