Destroying lives

False accusations and gossip can destroy lives, even if the accused is innocent—worse yet, if one’s reputation is under attack. Sometimes, there is no way you can erase what has happened. Even though the accusations may be unfair and untrue, the situation remains real.

Because of the anxiety created due to the allegations, the stress can lead a person to act out with those closest to them, like a spouse or child. Any person in such a situation will do whatever it takes to clear the air.

In recent times, allegations have been the norm within the parliamentary system, where Government officials are accused without solid evidence that can bring about a charge and subsequent conviction. These leave a cloud of suspicion over their heads, with most opting not to do anything about it.

When the Opposition Leader in the Parliament last year revealed alleged plans by senior Government officials to undermine the judiciary, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the media, this was one of the most damning accusations that could have led to the fall of the Government.

If it were me, I’d do everything in my power to clear my name, especially if separate investigations are taking too long.

Jennifer John

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