A python, called corruption..!
Leopards attacking the citizens seem to be becoming an everyday happening. What I find ironic here is that these same man eating, human attacking leopards are not killed or taken away and caged or put in some far away sanctuary, but are released again in city park to roam free and do again what they have just done..!
For eight years, Sally had been the Romero family pet. She was only one foot long when they brought her home, but Sally grew and grew until eventually she reached a length of eleven feet and weighed eighty pounds.
Then one day Sally, a Burmese python, turned on 15 year old Derek, strangling the unsuspecting teenager until he died of suffocation. Police said that the pet snake was ‘quite aggressive, hissing and reacting’ when they arrived to investigate the young man’s death. We as a country now have a national pet and its name is Corruption.
Like Sally the python, we have seen it grow from a little snake to a python of giant proportions. Like the people of the cities, this pet continuously stalks the city and finds willing victim..! The man in charge of security met me last morning. “Sir,” he said, “we caught some boys stealing metal grills from the compound. We suspect they also stole car radios and lift petrol from parked vehicles during the night.”
“Take them to the police,” I said and started hurrying away. “Sir, these boys stay in the colony!” I was shocked. The parents were called, they begged not to do anything harsh to their son’s. They slapped and thrashed them. One boy looked at his father strangely. “Why are you thrashing me father?” he asked. “For stealing,” shouted his furious father. “What about the exam papers?” “What papers?” “The ones you bought for my engineering entrance exam?”
“We’ll talk at home,” said his dad, as he looked at us shamefacedly and left. The question papers we buy our children, the grease we put into the hands of officials are all like little Sally the python. Innocent little amounts that help things work faster. But Sally grows and grows until one fine day, we find our children or even ourselves caught in its deadly coils. Kill that leopard of corruption as it lives side by side with us. Don’t keep Sally.