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John Dramani Mahama Presidential Candidate(NDC) John Dramani Mahama

Mon, 31 Jul 2023 Source: K. Badu

After taking time off and painstakingly skimming through the voluminous comments on the previous nine articles, I have come to a sad realisation that Ghana indeed has a long way to go.

Of course, politicians are true descendants of Biblical Adam, unmistakably, imperfect human beings, and therefore susceptible to human foibles as everyone else.

As such, it would only take a disputatious character or a doubting Thomas to argue somewhat bizarrely that there are no fantastically corrupt, unpatriotic, and incompetent politicians in our midst.

That being said, Ghana, like any other democratic dispensation, cannot do away with the crucial role being played by the forward-thinking politicians.

We are, therefore, resigned to elect politicians, who are in turn, obliged to implement advantageous policies and programmes to impact our lives.

Thus, it will be devilishly impossible to do away with politicians, in spite of the endless disappointments.

But all said and done, we do not necessarily need politicians to run the country, we rather need patriotic and capable men and women to take charge of affairs.

Therefore, it is quite troubling when some Ghanaians are blissfully shrilling and thrilling for the return of someone who had had the opportunity to steer the nation in the right direction but woefully failed to do so.

It is rather unfortunate for the brassbound party loyalists to emit somewhat incoherently that even if former President Mahama was perceived as corrupt and incompetent during his tenure in office, such despicable practices are widespread in the current administration and therefore he is the only Messiah with the ‘Midas touch’ to turn around the fortunes of the country.

Interestingly, though, some concerned Ghanaians are of the opinion that it will be devilishly suicidal if Mahama was to reclaim the presidency, given the dreadful errors in judgement which led to the massive economic collapse and unbridled corruption.

Apparently, the vast majority of unhappy Ghanaians, who regrettably found themselves in the doldrums of poverty, rightly voted against the NDC and Ex-President Mahama in the 2016 and 2020 general elections largely due to the unresolved business crippling dumsor, the wanton corruption (four out of innumerable suspects have since been convicted and sentenced), and the unpardonable incompetence (moved economic growth from 14% in 2011 to a miserable 3.4% and a single digit inflation to 15.4%.

But despite the conspicuous mismanagement, the loyalists NDC supporters would want discerning Ghanaians into believing that the erstwhile Mahama administration provided exceptional governance.

Indeed, a vague comprehension of patriotism exists in the minds of many Ghanaians, who prefer needless praise singing to defending the national interests.

I am afraid, we Ghanaians, so to speak hate anything quality and rather prefer to worship mediocrity, thus, our leaders, having first-hand knowledge of our servile compliance and hero worshipping gimmicks, continue to take us for granted and provide mediocre leadership and services.

If that was not the case, how on earth would former President John Dramani Mahama consider returning to the presidency given the apparent abysmal performance during his tenure in office?

In his time in office, Ghana’s economic growth slowed for the fourth consecutive year to an estimated 3.4% in 2015 from 4% in 2014 as energy rationing (dumsor), high inflation, and ongoing fiscal consolidation weighed on economic activity (World Bank, 2016).

In addition, the high inflation rate remain elevated at 18.5% in February 2016 compared to 17.7% in February 2015, even after the Central Bank’s 500 bps policy rate hikes (the inflation stood at 15.4%as of October 2016).

Ex-President Mahama, as a matter of fact, did not pull his weight to improve on the socio- economic living standards of Ghanaians.

Take, for example, former President Kufuor worked strenuously and quadrupled Ghana’s GDP to a staggering GH28 billion in 2008, and the late Mills inherited oil in commercial quantities and managed to increase the GDP to GH47 billion by 2011.

Nevertheless, President Mahama disappointingly dragged the GDP to an incredible

GH40billion as of December 2016.

Former President Mahama and his NDC administration regrettably failed to end the dumsor, failed to implement the one-time NHIS premium, jobs were not readily available for the jobless, the economy sunk deeper and deeper into the mire, Ghanaians became poorer and poorer, sleazes and corruption escalated to immeasurable proportions, amongst others.

But despite the obvious economic meltdown back then, President Mahama and his apologists ridiculously kept trumpeting their vague rhetoric , political insobrieties and meaningless slogans-‘Mahama Tuaso’; ‘We care for you’; ‘people matter, you matter’; ‘we are transforming lives’.

Suffice it to point out that the good people of Ghana struggled endlessly to pay their utility bills and could not even afford their children school fees.

Incredibly, back then, whenever the suffering Ghanaians complained about the economic hardships, former President Mahama and his vociferous communicators would ungraciously chastise the same people who gave them the electoral mandate for expressing their grievances.

Former President Mahama, regrettably, could not work his socks off but only

managed to undo all the excellent performances put in by his predecessors.

Take, for example, Mahama moved the economic growth from 14% to 3.4%, GDP of

GH47 Billion was reversed to GH40 billion, Agricultural growth of 7.5% was

dragged to 2.5%, and single digit inflation was moved to 15.4%.

Besides, some observers maintain that former President Mahama has more alleged bribery and corruption scandals hanging around his neck than any other president in the history of Ghanaian politics.

The sceptics insist that the former president has serious questions to answer over the bizarre corruption scandals such as the Airbus, SADA, GYEEDA, SUBA, NCA, SSNIT, the infamous Bus Branding, the Brazil World Cup, the STX housing deal, the Brazilian aircrafts, the Ford Expedition Vehicle, the Armajaro saga, among others.

The critics have been wondering how and why the former president can secretly accept a gift of brand new Ford Expedition vehicle worth over $100,000 from a Burkinabe Contractor called Djibril Kanazoe.

As if that was not enough, the Attorney-General under Mills/Mahama administration, Martin Amidu, audaciously came out and told Ghanaians that the late President Mills set up a committee to investigate a suspicious Brazilian Aircrafts deal negotiated by the then Vice President Mahama.

If you would also recall, following the embarrassing Airbus bribery and corruption scandal between 2009 and 2015, President Akufo-Addo tasked the then Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu to establish the identity of the said government official One who allegedly took bribe in the international thematic report.

The Special Prosecutor sadly concluded in 2020 that the said Government Official 1 in the Airbus bribery scandal was the former president and the 2020 flagbearer of NDC, John Dramani Mahama.

The report however stressed that since we were in the election period and the said protagonist was a presidential candidate, the Office of the Special Prosecutor was not in a position to take any immediate action.

Nevertheless, the current Special Prosecutor is seriously probing into the alleged involvement of former President Mahama in the Airbus bribery and corruption scandal between 2009 and 2015.

Fellow Ghanaians, we cannot and must not sit aloof and allow the manipulating geezers to take us for a ride; let’s put them under strict scrutiny.

Columnist: K. Badu
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