Opinions Mon, 12 Aug 2013

Taming The Dogs

" Nana Kyei's Take

Politics of insinuations, casting of sneer at integrity, trading in

derogatory remarks coupled with the use of invectives in addressing

authorities seemed to be out of regulations in the current line of

politicking in Ghana. Conceivably these happenings have crushed the moral

fabrics of our society and the conspicuous leakages into the moral

corridors are quite perceptible.

In the sheer absence of intimidation,the court's intervention to block

these leakages by citing examples of such kind for contempt following

unsavory and derogatory remarks which seek to impune the integrity and hold

the authority of the court to ransom is presumably a positive attempt to

avert the ugly noises detrimental to court procedure.

Although this exercise is aimed at curtailing the over-sprouting tension in

the political atmosphere and avert the possibility of subverting the

authority of the court, but to some politicians the predilections and

biases are quite obvious . It's rather no surprise to notice the kind of

sharp criticisms emanating from both experts of the law and human rights

activists. It is therefore convincing to cogitate in affirmation that this

move has indeed placed uncultured and unregulated political noises into

checks, keeping the unspoken corollaries under keys and locks.

The looming threat of impunity and sheer disregard for the court's

authority ahead of the impending declaration of the election petition are

not imperceptible to the discovery of the panel of judges adjudicating the

petition which seeks to decide the fate of the president and would

therefore go every length to cure such a mischief in anyway necessary

provided their actions are not in conflict with the fundamental laws of the


After hauling Sammy Awuku, the deputy communications director of the

opposition NPP to answer contempt charges coupled with imprisonment of two

others, the warning message of the court seemed to have gone down deeper

with every Ghanaian except two,Sir John and Hopeson Adorye who are

currently undergoing a mental marathon about the kind of responses likely

to extricate them from being thrown into jail.The two are implicated in a

very complicated situation with the law as all Ghanaians focus on their

preparedness to face the Supreme Court of the land on Wednesday to answer

contempt charges following their irresponsible statements made which risked

plunging the nation into the state of anarchy. The several warnings of the

court and the subsequent incarceration of Ken Kuranchie and Stephen Atubiga

had failed to grant the two a sense of perspective.

In larger spectrum, looking at how the executive arm which is the most

powerful arm of government with all the state machineries at its disposal

is often exposed to massive vilifications on flippant issues for

unjustifiable politically motivated reasons, I think it's only a

pre-emptive measure occasioned by the court to neutralised any attempt to

defile and subdue its authority in the face of these happenings. We have

longed to sustain peace but the mundane existence this exercise provides

could not hold a candle to the passion of peace we've been seeking until we

completely become devoid of selfishness of any kind.

We now find ourselves in a stage where politics is peddled on tribal lines,

unjustifiable accusations, blame games, double standards, playing of

charades and obsession with politics of robbery.These are few of the many

challenges bedevilling us and the nation is obviously crumbling gradually

under the weight of these setbacks.Unfortunately the institutions

responsible for clamping these unfamiliar culture of disrespecting the

authority of the state have been rendered incapacitated by political

interest which stands to profit should the entire venture of peace is

thrown in shambles.

After bastardizing all the state institutions the remaining viable

institution powered by the constitution to regulate comments on sensitive

issues bothering on national security is the court, the court would not

risk sacrificing its powers for political considerations and so therefore

any case before the court for judicial considerations fans around the

threat of contempt of court and being unhampered by the bureaucratic chain

of commands, the court is in a better position in ensuring the sustenance

of peace at any critical juncture even if takes to push the dogs behind

bars by cracking the whips.

Ghana, a nation which was once anticipated as surviving on a borrowed time

could now raise her head in a pool of deafening hope following the

conscientious efforts by the Supreme Court to hold the flame of authority

to stabilise the nation without creating least opportunity for war mongers

who fervently wish to use the nation as a bargaining chip in propagating

their selfish motives.

There is an exponential rise in group interest and therefore the clearance

needed to build national interest is naturally revoked.

We must rally behind the crusade being embarked on by the Supreme Court in

restoring the sovereignty of the state and in realising this, dispassionate

collaboration from all stakeholders are needed for a greater investment.

Letting go all the pretexts and subterfuge, we can finally admit the truth

that the nuance of politics may elude us but there is something we should

be aware of "the authority of the state must never be tampered with" else

we would risk doing an irreparable damage to the foundation of our


It is my fervent wish the constitution is subjected to immediate amendment

to block any attempt which seeks to disrespect the authority of the state

especially that of the president whose veneration is kept in the state of

desultory. Genuine criticisms are quite appropriate for a better course of

development not insults. The Bible is my witness.

From: Ivan Kyei Innocent / nanakyei81@gmail.com


Columnist: Innocent, Ivan Kyei