Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Answerable One


Bonil, Investigations, October 18, 2017.

Responsibility means being answerable, accountable even for something that is or has been within one's power.

There is an added element of moral weight to decisions taken. So, when a presidential term is up and a country finds itself in a situation of extensive corruption, there are questions to be answered from the answerable one.

Rafael Correa stepped down in 2017 from the presidency of Ecuador and to manifest that he is now from power in the legal and democratic sense, Bonil has given him a stamp to the forehead of "not working here anymore" in the shape of a palm tree.

The tongue is still fighting for its place as the symbol of Correa, and the combination of tongue and palm tree constitute a damning testimony on the corruption that spiraled all through Correa's presidency. Palm oil-companies? His forehead shouts out where shady payments were accepted.

A ruffled tree removes all talk of The Great Leader and has important placement predecessors such as the showerhead Zapiro since 2006 has placed on the forehead of the corruption heavy and soon-to-step-back president Jacob Zuma. Disclosure and keeping focus on wrongdoings are central aspects of journalism and the South African press, of which Zapiro continues to be an important voice, has done a tremendous job of living up to it.

Correa was a cry-baby during his presidential years, abusing anyone voicing questions. We saw him exercising his "right" to strike down upon not least the cartoonist with a crushing finger. It is time for the persecuted to demand answers, the cartoonist himself not least, who continued to stand firm.

It is at that a fairly precise question.

Oh, what a great vision for 2018! A situation drawn is a situation with a reality to it...


Bonil, December 12, 2017:
"You who knew even the smallest leaf that moved...
you are saying that you know nothing about corruption?"



The cartoon shown is courtesy of Bonil and must not be reproduced without his permission.




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