A government’s duty is to secure the welfare of its people. However, the question of who people are gets blurred in the process of public service. In certain moments, the government lobby for the “people” who least represent the general interest and more likely only pursuing personal gain. Because of this, the voice of the masses, they that build up society from its roots remain unheard. A government which does so oppresses its people and neglect its welfare. It is the duty therefore of its citizens to ensure that this does not happen.
This is what I stand for and this, I believe, is my calling. In my tenure in the Labour Party, I see that there is no better way to ensure proper policies than by listening and being with the people. A community is not merely a homogenous group of people, but is also made up of voices we sometimes fail to listen too. Until now, women experience oppression and so certain opportunities for their grievances to be aired must be created. Likewise, various sectors of the community must have the chance to speak as well. Countless youth, members of the LGBT community, other minorities and Peoples of Colour should be represented and be cared for by the government. Above all, let us not forget the workers who make the gears of society turn even if sometimes they are out of sight. It is they that should be the priority of the services the government provides. Being part of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party has given me an avenue to bring justice to those unable to properly receive it.
A public servant’s duty takes a lot to execute. An ordinary day consists of countless meetings and consultations with a multitude of people. One must also be open to whoever might need help in the community. One must be open to the idea of others in finding the solutions for corruption. Aside from that, I never fail to give time to the ones closest to me, my family. For it is they who stand by me and give me strength through what I do.
It is no burden but it is all in a day’s work. It is no easy task, but somebody’s got to stand up for those that need to be heard. Change can only be brought about by those willing to break a sweat.