Corruption in Egypt
Ever wondered how a specific candidate won most of the votes in an election? Or how a teenager who knows absolutely nothing about driving got his driving permit? Well, in a country that is run by the “kosa” system, this is not something impossible. Kosa, the Arabic word for zucchini, is being referred to as chaos and disorder in Egypt. Corruption in Egypt is widespread and all the power lies within the hands of powerful individuals and the Egyptian citizens are always the victims. Having to live in an unjust society urges the citizens to make use of other ways to achieve their goals; for example, bribery. Could this possibly be the reason that made the citizens revolt and fight for their rights after living in silence for over 30 years under Mubarak’s regime?
We, the Egyptian citizens, were always promised a corruption free and secure environment that we can safely live in. We were promised to live in a democratic country where our opinions matter. Let’s start with Hosni Mubarak. He is the former president of Egypt who was accused of corruption and put into prison. We were living in an unfair society where poor citizens were the most affected and the rich ones were living in another parallel world, excluding them from all the mess that the country is facing. According to Slackman (2011), “that is Mubarak's Egypt, where about half the population lives on $2 a day or less” (para.12). In a country controlled by wealthy and powerful people, this, without a shadow of doubt, makes perfect sense. In fact, I believe that even more than half of the population is suffering from poverty nowadays. Even though the government had enforced a lot of anti corruption measures, Egyptian citizens continue to face increasing rates of unemployment and poverty. Furthermore, we were not only living in an inequitable country, but also living in an insecure environment. The relationship between the Egyptian police and the citizens was based on brutality and violence. The Egyptian police was referred to as “Baltagiya” for harassing and discriminating Egyptian citizens whenever they plead or fight for their rights. Egyptians rarely found Egypt as their safe home. Women were frequently sexually harassed; children were being abducted and their parents could not retrieve them due to financial difficulties. According to Andrew Puddephatt (2012), “The government does not appear to have carried out any overall assessment of corruption in Egypt or mandated an experienced institution to do so”(p. 5). In a country where there is a lack of censorship and discipline, this is evident to happen. Additionally, government laws were not enforced properly and were never taken seriously. With a simple bribe given to any government official, one can evade a law smoothly. These were just some of the main reasons that impelled the Egyptian citizens to revolt against this outrageously corrupt system.
On January 25, thousands of protestors not only filled up every part of the Tahrir Square located in Cairo, but also jam-packed many other parts of the country demanding a change in their country’s corruption, brutality of the police, and discrimination. In other words, the Egyptian protestors demanded the overthrowing of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. After revolting for 18 days the protestors got their wish and Hosni Mubarak finally resigned. Egyptians thought that as soon as Hosni Mubarak retires, we were to live in a secure and corrupt-free country; however, this definitely was not the situation. Egypt has passed through a rough time during the revolution period. In fact, I even believe that the country became more corrupt and chaotic. A lot of institutions have been destroyed and burnt to the ground, the Egyptian museum had been looted and many objects were stolen, and protesters had attacked the police stations and stormed many prisons. All of this has caused a huge decline in the Egyptian tourism industry. Slackman (2011) points...
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