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Pen Robbery And The Politics Of Watch My Back And I Watch Your Back.

Thu, 9 Jun 2011 Source: Ofosu-Appiah, Ben

There

is a strong perception out there that the two dominant political parties in

Ghana today seem to have entered into a tacit, unwritten agreement to “chop and

let me chop Ghana small” whenever in power. This is setting a dangerous

precedent for the country and it threatens the very foundations of our

democracy.

This

tacit and unwritten agreement enjoins the party in power to disregard evidence

of corruption of its predecessor and embark upon its own corruption. They play “watch

my back and I will watch yours” while the economy is pillaged and allowed to

bleed to death like a war casualty. Any call for action to ensure probity and

accountability is ignored with contempt while the rot and stealing go on.

The

defenders of the status quo think it is vindictive to seek justice. Under NPP’s

eight years of rule there was massive corruption everywhere. Everybody knew

that, from castle kickbacks to Ghana@50. Anytime allegations of corruption were

made, the usual response was “show me the evidence”, “it is only a perception”.

Now are you surprised that the NDC government under Mills has adopted the same

response? Elsewhere in the press, Woyomi and Twum Boafo both leading members of

NDC are calling on Rawlings to provide evidence of corruption in the current

government that he’s been talking about. Under Kuffour, nobody in NPP was able

to speak out against corruption in their own government. Even Haruna Esseku,

the former chairman of NPP made half hearted attempts to retract his castle

kickback allegations. Nobody in Ghana has the courage to take on his own

party’s government the way Rawlings is doing.

Rawlings

is right about this "scratch my back and I will scratch yours politics"

being perpetrated by Mills and his NDC government.This is the

only thing that has prevented Mills from investigating and punishing corruption

of the yesteryears in NPP government and also in his own NDC government. There

is clear lack of leadership in the current administration. Now, don’t get me

wrong. Mills is a good man, he seems honest and has very good intentions but he

doesn’t come across as a political leader. He is a weak leader, and his hands off

style is creating a power vacuum and leadership paralysis for the country. Everybody

around him is playing president.

WE

NEED A STRONG LEADER, LEADERSHIP WITH INTEGRITY AND WILLINGNES TO PURSUE

PROBITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE LETTER in the current administration and the

ones preceding it. Corruption needs to be punished and shamed not glorified.

A

staunch anti-corruption campaigner once commented and I quote “When it comes to

corruption, mine is very simple: NPP is supposed to hold NDC accountable while

NDC is expected to do same to NPP. On paper though, we expect all Governments

to be proactive in fighting corruption even IF CORRUPTION OCCURRED IN THEIR OWN

ADMINISTRATION. But in Ghana, you and I know that that may be only a fantasy. If

then NDC is not willing to investigate NPP and the latter decides to

reciprocate the NDC's gesture when it assumes power with a conniving Judiciary

WHERE WILL OUR DEMOCRACY BE IN A FEW YEARS HENCE?No

patriotic citizen, be they NDC or NPP should be happy about these

developments!!!

Ghana

is for all of us and we all have a stake in it's success!!! This is not an NDC

or NPP matter!!”

What

is happening in North Africa and the Middle East should send a warning signal

to all politicians who engage in corruption and nation wrecking activities.

When the people rise up, their anger cannot be contained.

The

real revolution is on the way....it is coming.......it will sweep all of the so

called political elites. It will make JUNE 4th seems like a child's play.

A

few political idiots cannot continue to steal from the state and play

"watch my back and I watch your back" while they use the court system

they have corrupted and the lodges to protect themselves and their ill gotten

wealth. When the revolution comes, it won't spare them.

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR IF YOU HAVE NOT RAPED

MOTHER GHANA.

The

anger of the masses will consume them......it will make the Middle East Spring

Revolution and the Orange Revolution of Ukraine, plus the Phillipino

Revolutions that toppled Estrada, Aquino etc and the anger of the Thai people

that drove Thaksin out of power and constantly check the rot in the Thai

political system look small like child's play. The Ghanaian Revolution will be

bloody, the echoes of LET THE BLOOD FLOW will be heard again. Those who have constantly

fed on the state depriving millions of Ghanaians of their God given right to a

better life, the anger of the people will be visited upon them and they will

find no refuge anywhere on this earth to run to for help.

THE

REAL REVOLUTION IS COMING, THE PEOPLE’S ANGER THAT NOBODY CAN STOP!!!

Democracy

may be good but the way it is practised in Africa, without checks and balances,

is a fat joke. Just three days ago I was asking myself whether what has

happened to John Edwards in the US could happen in Ghana in the way of say a

presidential candidate diverting political contributions for his personal use.

Remember John Edwards was a vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party

and a one time presidential aspirant. And again remember, there is a Democratic

administration in office, the Attorney General is a Democrat appointed by a

Democratic President. There were rumours that the political donations or funds

for Akuffo-Addo’s failed presidential bid for 2008 couldn’t be accounted for.

Within the NPP itself there was finger pointing and accusations and counter

accusations. What a wretched country we are, because we have decided to throw

probity and accountability out of the window. Don’t you think that as a nation

we should cherish this valued tradition more else we can’t make progress?

WHEN

SHALL WE LEARN AS A NATION?

Ben Ofosu-Appiah

Tokyo,

JAPAN.

The

writer is a senior political/social analyst and a policy strategist based in

Tokyo. He welcomes your comments: do4luv27@yahoo.com

Columnist: Ofosu-Appiah, Ben