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Opinions Tue, 22 Feb 2011

President Mills, Even Weakness Has Its Limits.

PRESS STATEMENT FROM NPP-USA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE

PRESIDENT MILLS, EVEN WEAKNESS HAS ITS LIMITS.

Who is the law in Ghana today – the Police or NDC foot soldiers? The very

legitimacy of this question represents the alarming rate at which Ghana is

descending into a state of anarchy. Forget about the fact that it has been

proven that President Mill’s own appointees have repeatedly overruled his

decisions on just about all fronts. Now the NDC foot soldiers are so

emboldened by the impunity with which they have operated at the district and

regional levels that they can venture at the national level by invading

Parliament. What is next – The Castle?

Democracy is characterized by due process. Circumvent that due process, and

one runs the risk of breaking the law, which the NDC foot soldiers have done

with impunity for over two years under Mills-Mahama administration. Unless

this out-of-control NDC government condones such lawless behavior, how long

does it take to devise a plan to eliminate this menace to our national

security?

These NDC foot soldiers began by illegally seizing public toilets; the

government greeted their illegal acts with inaction. Next, they ventured

into NHIS and NYEP offices beating up government employees, evicting them,

and locking up the offices around the country. Still the government greeted

their unruly behavior with inaction. The next NDC foot soldier targets were

District Chief Executives they disliked. The modus operandi was the same –

beat them up, and evict them from their government assigned offices. In this

case, not only did the government greet their illegal acts with inaction,

the Mills-Mahama administration actually rewarded them by firing those DCEs.

What many thought had broken the Camel’s back was when the foot soldiers

began to beat up police officers who are in fact the law – or supposedly so.

Government’s reaction? Inaction.

Today the foot soldiers have taken their illegal and unruly behavior to

Parliament. “On Thursday, during the President’s delivery of the 3rd State

of the Nation Address, irate foot soldiers attacked ushers, waitresses and

waiters attached to Parliament after they were prevented from taking snacks

that had been prepared for the lawmakers.” (Ghanaweb, February 20, 2011)

Shockingly, in a clear state of denial, Majority Chief Whip, Hon Gershon

Gbediame reacted by stating, “what shows that they are NDC foot soldiers?

Anybody at all can wear NDC T-shirt and say he or she is an NDC member”

although some of the foot soldiers exhibited their ID cards. Apparently

Mr.Gbediame will have the world believe that the NDC footsoldiers, after

overrunning the entire country, ceded Parliament to someone else. The NDC is

like the hopeless alcoholic who denying a drinking problem. Its is worth

noting that this alarmingly irresponsible retort from the Majority Chief

whip is very much symptomatic of the overall government approach to

resolving indiscipline and applying the law. His question is as misplaced as

the government’s inability and inertia to lead and manage the affairs of the

country.

How this inept Mills-Mahama administration fails to see this menace as a

threat to national security, is indicative of its hopelessness in dealing

with important national issues. How much weaker can a president be? NPP-USA

calls on whoever is in charge of our government to arrest this menace with

immediate effect. It is myopic to view the threat posed by the NDC foot

soldiers as advantageous to the NDC; it is a threat to ALL of us without

regard to party affiliations. We further take this opportunity to re-state

our party’s commitment to meet this constant threat of the use of violence

and intimidation with same, since it is becoming increasingly clear that our

security agencies are powerless to defend peace loving Ghanaians when

confronted with this breach of peace from NDC foot soldiers. This

administration must come to the realization that it is not enough to only

pay lip service to peace and discipline but must positively protect its

citizenry at all times, affirm and apply the rule of law without fear or

favor.
Columnist: NPP