I truly pity Akufo-Addo and co.

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 Source: Bokor, Michael J. K.

Folks, news reports about the arrest of three South African combatants engaged in activities considered as inimical to national security are still spreading wild.

The three, Major Ahmed Shaik Hazis, 54, (Rtd), WO/ Denver Dwayhe Naidu, 39, (Rtd) and 45-year-old Captain Mlungiseleli Jokani (Rtd) were arrested at the El-Capitano Hotel, at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region, while training fifteen young men in various military drills, including unarmed combat, weapon handling, VIP protection techniques and rapid response maneuvers.

The NPP hierarchy has been doing overtime to explain issues, even muddying their own political waters with inconsistencies and plain lies.

A lot of people have come out to condemn the NPP's choice of weapon for political contention. I want to add my voice to say that the happening really exposes Akufo-Addo's desperation and political mischief or immaturity. I truly pity him.

Elections are not won through such measures but through a carefully worked-out political mobilization process to win the minds, hearts, and thumbs of the electorate.

What will equipping security details or vigilantes of the NPP with military-style skills fetch for Akufo-Addo at the polls if all that is happening only ends up reinforcing the poor opinion about him as a violent, intolerant and unrepentant rogue politician bent on using every means to be in power?

Granted that the leading figures of the NPP even need protection, should that protection not be given by the orthodox and legitimate national security apparatus as happens in other countries?

Given the NPP's penchant for street demonstrations and acts bordering on hooliganism, vandalism, and plain mayhem, does giving military-style skills to its operatives not endanger life in the country?

Given the fact that such characters can be easily misused at the polls or to cause selective sabotage when Akufo-Addo loses the elections again, aren't we justified to conclude that bringing in such ex-combatants is an orchestration to endanger Ghana in the long run when everything goes against the NPP?

And why have documents on the STL and its personnel as part of the arsenal for training those NPP operatives? What has the STL got to do with the NPP's intended training for crowd control?

Folks, no one should sit down to be cajoled by Akufo-Addo and his gang. Whatever defence the NPP is putting up is bogus. More harm will be done by it; and Akufo-Addo's own defence of the issue makes him all the more a scarecrow to the people.

Ghanaians are peace-loving and will go where they know they can find a leader to protect them. Akufo-Addo is really lost in his own schemes.

Beyond this point is the urgent need for the government to retool the national security apparatus and ensure that all resources are used to strengthen and improve operations.

Rumours have it that the BNI moved to arrest these South African ex-combatants, acting on a tip-off from someone probably in the NPP's own camp, which raises eyebrows and questions the efficacy of the BNI's own network.

What has become of its own personnel, especially the District Officer for the Agona Swedru area? How come that he couldn't know of what was happening at that hotel? How about the assignment involving hotel checks that such personnel are to do periodically to alert national security of happenings at such places?

Folks, the exposure of the NPP's clandestine moves calls for better measures to safeguard limb and property in the country. All that is happening in other countries to threaten national security has been the result of political dissatisfaction and the misguided stance of characters like Akufo-Addo who deceive themselves that they are the legitimate rulers and should be so endorsed by means other than the polls.

The Ghanaian authorities must act properly. I recall very well that in the late 1990's, the NPP made moves to establish a private army. At least, I was privy to information about that move, especially with the deep involvement of the late Major Courage Quashigah. Whatever happened now seems to be channelled into the vigilante groups being formed by the NPP all over the country. Folks, the danger is real and must be confronted.

Meantime, Paul Afoko says the NPP is nothing but a political camp of madness. Yes, it is; and I agree with him. Howe would they be feeling, and what would they be doing, if it were Akufo-Addo and not Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey who had died? Politics means more than this muscle-flexing.


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Columnist: Bokor, Michael J. K.