It starts with a handshake
The mind’s agreement to play the system…
Money exchanges hands
Truth covered up to protect brands
Trails of greed stain
Our constitutional ideals—and then
There goes our own image
Of what we stand for, toil for
Spend every day preparing our children for
Integrity sacrificed at the altar of “only human” vice
But, must we pay this price?
Must we keep silent?
While our dreams waste away?
While opportunity for change fades away?
While the tools we have to fight the good fight rust on away?
How I hope it is obvious that we cannot
Shift the blame and run away
For as long as this is our reality,
It is bound to stay
But, must we pay that price?
Must we keep silent?
About the promise that lies
In placing on a pedestal high
Principles bound to make us soar?
Well I, pray it is obvious that we must NOT
Throw away what we’ve worked hard to build
A law we have re-shaped to embody the spirit of good leadership
From top authority down to ordinary citizens
From institutions to individuals
Together fighting challenges that still remain
Despite consistent progress we’ve already witnessed
In economic growth and
Sustained political and legal reform
Now let us push for
Public to private sector interaction
Make right use of policies like devolution
Tell me, must we?
Cease to see that honesty begins with one then moves to the many?
Each one of us must play a part,
Be willing to lend a hand
Propel our dreams of success in the days to come
Our role is to educate
Lead as we illuminate
Speak about national growth as we liberate
Our minds, and those of others, captivate
By raising quality of service
Building capacity to carry this
Message of transformation forward to the coming generations
Yes, our role is to elevate!
Transparency and accountability
We can’t afford to keep trading for a higher price—
Security and stability
Nor can we waste this opportunity
To end with a handshake
Our common agreement to strengthen the system
And when they ask you
“Must we believe that we can make a worthwhile difference?”
I hope you say “YES!”
By: Natasha Muhoza