Just when I think Morocco is moving sheepishly towards some semblance of legality and rule of law, the current minister of communications, Khaled Naciri and his son's thuggery shake my belief. Friday night, the son of said minister was involved in an altercation with another motorist in front of the parliament building in Rabat. The argument escalated into Naciri jr.'s assault and stabbing of the other motorist, a local doctor residing in Rabat.
Monday, May 24, 2010
The police was vigilant this time and quickly moved to arrest the son of the minister. However, the latter was quick to call his father, who showed up personally at the scene to extract his son and take him home. According to eye witnesses, the minister was quick to threaten the recalcitrant policeman holding his son in custody, stating: "are you going to let the boy go, or should I do my work?" Consequently, the policeman releases Naciri jr. amidst vociferous condemnation by the few present bystanders (on youtube).
This is the latest in a long series of similar events that showcases how Morocco's officials treat the corpus of the laws in the kingdom. Instead of being a role model for all Moroccans by respecting law enforcement, Mr. Naciri's message is loud and clear: there are two sets of laws in the country, one for those that wield any form of state authority, who abuses their power with impunity. Another set of laws is duly implemented when downtrodden Moroccans are concerned.
Any country's move towards a modicum for good governance has to empower the supremacy of the laws. In fact, the rule of law is key to improving the quality of governance of any political system. In democratic states, such abhorrent and blatant disregard for the rule of law would result in investigation of the minister's actions and eventual resignation. We should not settle for less in Morocco. Mr. Naciri (and his son) should be held accountable for their actions that Friday night.