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Opinions Wed, 18 Aug 2010

General Mosquito’s Diatribe Against Former President Kufuor!

The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr.

Alex Asiedu Nketia, is reported by Ghanaweb.com to have made a number

of accusations, to counter those made against the Mills regime by

ex-President J.A. Kufuor: who recently accused the present government

of being corrupt. The report was carried in the ubiquitous (at least

on the computer monitors of Ghanaians who go online, i.e.!) Ghanaian

website's general news web-page of Tuesday, 10 August 2010, in a story

entitled: “Kufuor Is The Most Corrupt Leader In Ghana’s History – Gen.

Mosquito.” Amongst the many statements attributed to Mr. Asiedu

Nketia, include the following two quoted here: “Kufuor is the first

president of this country who requested to be the chairman of a state-

owned enterprise as a sitting president. He insisted he wants to be

the Chairman and it went to Parliament and it was passed. We have

taken over from him and we discovered to our amazement that the first

six months that Kufuor was the Chairman, not a single sentence by way

of minutes of all the meetings they have attended. All the decisions

that were made were done arbitrarily and implemented in a very

haphazard manner.'' End of quote.

Quote: ''President Kufuor told Ghanaians that they were going to build

a Bui City with a University and Airport as part of the project.

Indeed they made a pictorial representation of how Bui City looks

like, and then we took over and realized there is no single word about

the Bui City in everything that is being done there. There is no

pesewa meant for Bui City and you told us that you have brought money

from China to build the dam and build a city. If it were any other

person, he would have called that person to account for that, and very

soon we would have to invite President Kufuor to come and show us

where he lodged the Bui City money because we are taking over from a

former board, and we have the right to invite the former Board and

their chairman to account for their stewardship.’’ End of quote.

Ghanaian politicians are such a strange breed, are they not, dear

reader? What, precisely, is the National Democratic Congress (NDC)

regime of President Mills, going to do about this shocking revelation

concerning ex-President Kufour and meetings of the board of the Bui

Dam Authority, during the period he held power – and why has the

present regime not merged that opaque entity with the Volta River

Authority (VRA), in any case? Perhaps the question that all honest

Ghanaians, who actually care about their homeland Ghana, ought to ask

Gen. Mosquito, is: Has it never occurred to him and his colleagues in

the NDC that it was precisely to avoid enabling such accusations stick

like dried mud to their government that some patriotic Ghanaians

advised that the Mills regime ought to follow the shining example of

Nigeria’s late leader, President Yar’ Adua – by publicly declaring the

net worth of all its members, as well as that of their spouses? If

they had done so when they first came into office, today, our former

Hypocrite-In-Chief would not have the temerity to accuse their regime

of being corrupt, would he? Luckily for General Mosquito, it is

actually still not too late, for the NDC government to do so: and reap

its many benefits in December 2012.

The benefits of such a move are so self-evident that many patriotic

Ghanaians are puzzled by the continued refusal of the Mills regime to

do so. Would their party not occupy the high moral ground in Ghanaian

politics if that were done? Saying that the constitution does not

require that of the president and his appointees is a very lame excuse

– as there is also nothing in the constitution that bars them from

doing so. If the NDC wants to retain power after the December 2012

elections, they had better publish their personal net worth pretty

quickly (whiles there is still time to do so!), before it becomes too

late. Thus far, they have neither been vigorous about bringing the

crooks who engaged in corruption during the Kufuor era to book – nor

have they acted decisively when it has occurred within their own

regime, to the disappointment of many patriotic Ghanaians, if truth be

told. Consequently, amongst many ordinary Ghanaians, there is the

feeling that all the talk about massive corruption in the Kufuor

regime by the NDC, during the campaign for the December 2008

elections, was just hot air by opposition politicians desperate to win

power at all costs.

There is also the feeling amonst some Ghanaians that the NDC is not

prosecuting corrupt members of the previous regime, simply because

there is also corruption within the present government. Both

perceptions are probably wrong and unfair, as the government is doing

the best it can, given the dearth of lawyers of the right calibre

available to the Attorney General's Department. Still, we cannot deny

the fact that this regime appears to be a tad hard-of-hearing.

Why did the government not listen to Alhaji Bature, for example, when

he said that Mr. Fred Segbefia, the Deputy Chief of Staff at the

presidency, ought to resign, because his position had become

untenable, after the dismissal of Carl Wilson from both of the jobs he

had at the heart of government? What have they done about the

astonishing revelation that Mr. Micheal Owusu Darko Bonsu, the son of

Mr. Kojo Bonsu, made hundreds of thousands of dollars off the backs of

those sent by the government to South Africa to support the national

team? Why have they not forced that young man to pay back all the

money he made in that disgraceful rip-off of our country to the sports

ministry?

What did they also do to clear the air when that self-same Alex

Sebgefia was making mealy-mouthed excuses about the unauthorized use

of a plane belonging to the Ghana Air Force (GAF) – to fly sundry

spongers and regime hangers-on to watch the national team play in

Abidjan early in the life of the Mills administration: the genesis of

Alhaji Muntaka's kebab–diapergate scandal? Why, when they knew what

fuss they themselves made about the use of state funds to renovate

President Kufuor’s principal private residence, did they go on to

allow the use of state funds in renovating Mrs. Nana Kunadu Agyemang

Rawlings’ mother’s residence? How inept can one be politically, I ask,

dear reader? Have they not heard the most uncharitable of her critics

asking if the "grasping" Mrs. Rawlings "has not had enough of the

generosity of the Ghanaian nation-state?" Do they not know the

resentment felt by many small NGO’s that struggled to survive whiles

the whole machinery of state was put at the disposal of the NGO she

controlled, and which though ostensibly set up to empower poor women

in both urban and rural Ghana, actually served as a political

powerbase for the ambitious wife of a serial coup-making husband, who

held unfettered power in Ghana for over a decade after overthrowing

the regime of President Limman, in the December 1981 military coup?

If the General Mosquitoes of this world want their party and

government to be taken seriously by the independent-minded and

patriotic Ghanaians who chose to vote for President Mills in the

run-off of the December 2008 elections, rather than let the

greed-filled NPP return to power again to destroy Nkrumah's Ghana

(despite their personal loathing of the NDC because its domineering

so-called "founder" still insists that democracy is not right for

Africa – although we all know that the yearning for freedom is no less

strong in the hearts of ordinary Africans than it is in that of the

members of other races on the planet Earth!), then they had better

revise the notes for their party's December 2012 election battle-plan

very quickly. They must start by getting rid of all the greedy

self-seeking rogues in their party, who seem to think that Ghanaians

are going to sit unconcerned and allow the nation’s oil and natural

gas revenues to be fritted away, by carpetbaggers in clever little

schemes – such as the one to do with the “Muzinda Residence” scandal,

which enriched that young get-rich-quick magician son of the clever

Mr. Kojo Bonsu, during the World Cup tournament in South Africa.

Why does General Mosquito think the knives are out for the current

hardworking female sports minister – is it not because there is a

greedy cabal in the NDC that sees sports as a super-lucrative business

arena, which wants to get one of its own to head that ministry: so

that they can grab as many opportunities to enrich themselves as they

possibly can, when that happens?

Some of us used to quote this famous Ghanaian saying to the greedy

Kufuor & Co (who thought they were invincible during the period that

they held power in Ghana!) – “No condition is permanent.” There are

far too many people in the NDC who seem to have forgotten that wise

saying too, now that they are also in power, and driving around in

luxury sedans and cross-country vehicles (all fueled at vast expense

to taxpayers’!). Well, they had better get wise quickly: and let that

wise Ghanaian saying guide them henceforth, in all they do – and if

Vice President John Mahama is half the wise man he is said to be (and

wants his government to be returned to power again in December 2012!),

he had better, in the absence of the vacationing President Mills,

order every soul appointed to a ministerial position by the president,

to quickly declare his or her net worth publicly: and that of their

spouse too. A word to the wise…

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Columnist: Thompson, Kofi