Ghana Let President Atta Mills Down

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 Source: Owusu-Ansah, Kofi

Duty of care is intrinsically woven into any public contract no matter who

is appointed, selected, elected or chosen to hold a public office. It is

assumed that when individuals have forsaken their private lives and have

given themselves up to be used by the state to make a contribution towards

the national stability and development, it is incumbent upon the state

to take good care of them and their families. As a nation, we are too

backward to understand that holding a public office apart from it being a

privilege, involves in a lot of risk, you become the state’s property and

every tom dick and harry look at you as the person who has answers to all

their problems. However, the sad part of it is that nobody cares about your

welfare and the Ghanaian would tell you “But they are paid handsomely”. As

a nation I think we let the late President John Evans Atta Mills down big


We are practicing the Western democracy where in all situations the view of

the majority is respected. In the same western democracy they have laid

down rules that govern the rights of public officials. They have

independent bodies outside the public sector to look into the affairs of

public office holders like the President, Prime minister, cabinet ministers

and their assistants as well as the parliament and anyone who holds a

public office. In such matters, it is non-partisan so that when there is

change of government and the other side fails to win power, both those in

government and those in opposition sing from the same song book. The only

sad aspect for those in opposition is their loss of power so you can see

they work together for the common good of the country. I will entreat the

Ghanaian to watch the healthy debate that goes on in the UK Parliament

every Thursday, where you see Synergy at its best.

Let us look at how democracy works in the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada,

Republic of Ireland,France,Australia,just to mention but a few and compare

it to that of Ghana and you will think we are in a different planet. In

the countries I have just mentioned and almost all the West, Political

parties are seen as vehicles that make it possible for the parties to

travel to win elections. Political parties present their manifesto and

programmes to the electorate and it becomes the duty of electorate to

decide at any given elections which of the parties deserve to be given the

right to govern the people for a specified term. Politics to those in the

West is the quest of the politicians to put their skills at the disposal of

the people, most of the time it is the skill and their desire to do

something to help better the lots of their societies that attract them to

political or public life. Yes, they clamour for prestige but in almost

every situation, it is what they want to do for society that is paramount.

Yes, they will be remunerated and looked after handsomely, but because such

societies have a strong built in control systems, corruption is not too


Come to Ghana, the name of the game is power. In Ghana, you have power you

have access to riches and more corruption. The Ghanaian politician sees the

holding of any public office as a right. They assume it is their God given

right to head public office instead of seeing that role as a privilege. Let

us look at the way the party in power in Ghana treated our President. The

late President John Evans Atta Mills was not just the leader of the NDC; he

was the elected leader and President of the Republic of Ghana. Those around

him, like the Anyidohos, the Segbefiahs, the Okudjato Ablakwas,the Omane

Boamahs, Lante Vanderpuiyes and on and on, the list will become endless,

never saw the need for Ghanaians to have the feel of a president. They

instead saw the rest of us as irrelevant to the occupant of the highest

office in our land and because of their selfish and personal interests,

they mastered the grand art of deceit and each day had its portion and dose

they had to administer unto us. These people made the president’s life very

difficult and as a result, Ghanaians never knew what was happening around

him. What the over 21million adults and teenagers saw as something wrong

with our president’s health, these sycophants made us believe we were blind

to speak like that about our president. These are genuine Ghanaians who

wanted to show our love and concerns for this fine gentleman but, they kept

pushing us away with their chronic lies.

Within a day, these people who have all acquired degrees in LIES and

Fabrications would change statement of importance and meant for public

consumption about hundred times. Ghanaians deserved to know what was

happening to their president because when they queued during the elections,

they were entrusting their rights and power unto the president as a lien on

his life so that he could carry out his assignment of leading our nation to

development, prosperity and improved standard of living.

Where in the world should it become the duty of a few people that decided

what the nation should hear and what they should not? The NDC and the few

power drunk adventurers in the government prevented we Ghanaians to

demonstrate our true love and the duty of care for our late president. The

late Professor was right to have given these young men, the opportunity to

taste public life but I am afraid Ghanaians are going to think very hard in

selecting immature young men like the Ablakwas and Anyidohos into public

life. The Professor knew very well that the future of Ghana depended on the

younger generation but if in Ghana, the so called FUTURE generation cannot

marry such opportunities with

decorum,responsibility,trust,truth,sincereity,duty of care,intergrity and

all the virtues embedded on cool heads, then what future generation can

this country entrust their children and their children unto? I am never an

NDC supporter but Professor John Evans Atta Mills was my president. I would

not have voted for him if I had the right to vote but the bottom line still

remains he was my president. I did not need any sycophants to have

surrounded him to the extent that even the “breath he took”, he needed some

people to determine it.

Dear Late President John Evans Atta Mills, your passing and parting is very

sad. It has touched me so much even when I lost my mother, I never felt

like I am feeling now. I am sad because the opportunity was there for you

to have taken an extended sick leave to recuperate but they would not let

you. When I watched the clip that you were instructed as a PR exercise to

jog at the airport, it hits me so much and that it has opened my eyes very

well to know how wicked people have found their way into public life. They

put 2012 elections ahead of your life. They were afraid that without you

not in a million years will they have this same opportunity in public life

so they had to resort to the game they know best, more lies and twisted

facts forgetting to look after the “Milk Cow” that produced the milk well.

Now the milk cow is gone where will their milk come from? Selfish and

unpatriotic people.

Ghana let you down too much in the duty of care and I pray that the Good

Lord will keep your soul in the bosom of Abraham and I can assure you, if

they had told us you were not well, we could have voted to let you take an

extended rest until you were well after all we elected you into that office

and they owed us a duty to have told us instead of the pack of LIES coming

from people we never queued to vote for. Till we meet, Mr President Rest in

Perfect Peace. May your passing become an eye opener to our public office

holders that we the electorate owe them a duty of care but until they are

truthful to us, it will become a mirage; we could not offer it to them. *It

is simple*: The President is not well so he has taken an extended leave to

seek medical attention and rest. What is wrong with that?


Columnist: Owusu-Ansah, Kofi