The above supposition is premised on the fact that in opposition Ghanaian politicians can easily associate with the circumstances, pain and suffering of the people. They ride in simple cars that make them feel how bad our roads are. In opposition, they join the queue at local hospitals and clinics, so they complain about our poor health facilities and poor health delivery system.
They equally complain about the political interference in our educational system because they send their wards to schools in Ghana. They complain again about microeconomics and macroeconomic indicators because they patronize goods and services like any other Ghanaian. They complain about fuel prices, electricity and water tariffs because they pay through the nose in order to enjoy same. They cry wolf over corruption allegations because they are not direct beneficiaries and not because they love Ghana. They moreover lament over profligate expenditure and the size of government because it is winner takes all brigade in charge.
However, when the tables turn in their favour, the narrative changes because they are in position to enjoy largesse of office. In power, everything can be explained away and they proffer logical premises for their double standard lifestyles, decisions, actions and choices. Shame to both NDC and NPP apologetics who make Ghanaians feel they are the only custodians of all God given wisdom and common sense.
We have been too accommodating, too gentle and overly apologetic as Ghanaians. We are too quiet as a people not because everything is in order or perfect but more so, because we are becoming more and more cowardly. It is taking us eternity to get angry in this country and take action, hence, our politicians take us for fools and playthings. The stinking caves of our mouths should be opened once and for all. We either speak against the ineptitudes, naked thievery, wanton dissipation of of our national resources and utter mismanagement by successive governments or perish together in hushed silence irrespective of the party in power. Also Read on https://mcakoronline.com/2019/07/04/misplaced-priorities-leadership-failure/
Over the years, political actors in this country have deceived and patronized Ghanaians, all in the name of party politics. We have had two main cartel and pillaging groups in the shape of NDC and NPP which switch turns to “create, loot and share”. The innocent and the good people of Ghana are left to languish in squalor and penury. Ghanaians are becoming poorer, more powerless, more exploited, overly abused and raped economically and in dignity.
Ghanaians are every now and then promised heaven but have had hell delivered to them. Since independence, every opposition party or group has campaigned or warmed itself into power on the back of corruption allegations and perception, mismanagement of the economy, profligate expenditure and more recently excessive borrowing. What is freshest on the minds of Ghanaians is the 2016 elections.
I am making direct references to the 2016 elections because of four key issues that might have won the elections for the opposition party then, NPP. One, most Ghanaians including myself had almost lost respect for political leadership in this country largely because government officials couldn’t be bothered by the concerns, grievances and needs of the people. The dead-goat syndrome had set in. Two, the then finance minister annoyed most Ghanaians with his “smart borrowing” mantra as if the only way this country could be salvaged was through unbridled borrowing. Three, there was a plethora of corruption allegations but corruptionists were treated with kid gloves. The infamous Wayome case comes to mind. Four, what played role might have been the “almighty” tag of “incompetence” of the leadership of the day in the management of the economy resulting in general hardship and IMF bailout in 2015.
In the circumstances, anytime Ghanaians complained, they were rebuffed and their pain was cheaply explained away with infrastructural development the government had carried out across the country.
Then came the opportunity of a lifetime, December 7, 2016. Ghanaians overwhelmingly rejected the NDC and anybody connected to it. The euphoria which greeted the new administration under Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo was simply mindbogglingly. At last, victory was in sight, a new dawn was on the horizon. Even more exciting was the introduction of the Free SHS program, planting for food and jobs among other initiatives.
Two and half years down the line, Ghana is not far from where it was before the 2016 elections. The IMF has issued an alarm regarding Ghana’s rising public debt, now over 200 billion Ghana cedis from about 120 billion debt since independence. The dollar-cedis quagmire is far in the woods. Ghana is still on reckless borrowing spree. Unemployment has not eased yet. Our roads and school infrastructure are in deplorable conditions. Economic hardship is mercilessly biting. Corruption allegations and perceptions are high up in the sky. Profligate expenditure by and on public office holders is nauseating. Populism and playing to the gallery have become the order of the day.
Amidst all of these, what do Ghanaians do now? Whom do Ghanaians turn to? Is it worth voting in this country? Come 2020 elections, do Ghanaians have a choice? Where do we turn to? Is there any hope in sight? Can we ever have dignity and honesty in public office in Ghana? Who cares about Ghana? Ghanaian politicians have all the brilliant ideas in opposition; give them power and they mess up your life. https://royalcosyhills.com
We are loudly silent in this country. We are cowards and hypocrites because everyone knows things are not right but everybody is quiet. The clergy is quiet. Traditional leadership is quiet. Fair minded individuals are also quiet.
We are not angry enough, otherwise we will question the powers that be. We made them and we can unmake them but that can only happen when Ghanaians wean ourselves of the cloak extreme partisanship, sectionalism, ethnicity and bigotry.
Ghanaians must rise up and fight for our God given rights and dignity. We are not slaves but citizens. Ghanaians deserve better and we will not settle for less. Let us fight for what is our inalienable rights.