The Interest of Ghana Is Not Synonymous with the Interest of NDC
There is not much by way of contents in the broadcast-transcript published as a new story titled “Voters Register: Judges Should Have Put Ghana First – Jantuah” (StarrFM.com / Ghanaweb.com 6/27/20), in which the former Vice-Chairperson of a Civil Society Organization (CSO) called the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Mr. Kwame Jantuah, attempts to farcically second-guess the Anin-Yeboah-presided Supreme Court of Ghana (SUCOG), by rather haughtily asserting that the Apex Court had not put the interest of the country ahead of everything else, in deciding that the widely discredited old Voters’ Register could not be used to vote in the 2020 general election.
As far as I have been able to studiously ascertain, the policies and liberal-democratic governance method of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in particular the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party, is in far closer conformity with the interests and aspirations of the overwhelming majority of both the Ghanaian citizenry and the electorate than those of the country’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). For example, the exclusivist Social Darwinian – Survival-of-the-Fittest – Cash- and-Carry Healthcare Policy that was vehemently and doggedly pushed by the leaders of the National Democratic Congress, was a barbaric policy initiative that left more than 70-percent of Ghanaian citizens unable to afford healthcare treatment and services. We will never know how many lumpen-poor Ghanaians needlessly perished because of this elitist National Democratic Congress-fangled health policy initiative.
It was not until Mr. John Agyekum-Kufuor acceded to the Presidency, with the New Patriotic Party as the government of the day (2001-2009), that at least 70-80-percent the Ghanaian citizenry immediately gained access to primary healthcare and other preventive healthcare services. Under the tandem tenures of Presidents John Evans Atta-Mills, late, and John Dramani Mahama, the National Health Insurance Scheme was literally let down to the dogs, as it were. In short, the NHIS went effectively bankrupt and had to be resuscitated by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with money that should have gone into other equally critical national development projects, including the fee-free Senior High School Policy Initiative. So, it is not clear to me what Mr. Jantuah means, when he cavalierly asserts that, somehow, the imperative Parliament-backed decision by the Jean Adukwei Mensa-headed Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to thoroughly decontaminate the current National Voters’ Register (NVR), by compiling a totally new National Biometric Voters’ Register (NBVR) from scratch, somehow, does not gibe with the constitutionally inalienable and inviolable interest of the State. How absurd and scandalous!
Now, when did the partisan interest of the leaders of the “revolutionary” Rawlings-founded National Democratic Congress become synonymous with the greater and sacred interest of the Ghanaian citizenry at large? You see, this is the major problem of politically self-absorbed Ghanaians like Candidate Mahama and the rest of the party headquarters hoodlum pack. They think that Ghana is their personal and private property. It is because of the foregoing reasons why hardnosed, single-minded party machine operatives like Messrs. Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, Samuel “Sammy” Gyamfi and their so-called Director of Elections, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, the Brazil World Cup Ministerial Buffoon, are having such a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Ghana is a civilized and forward-looking constitutional democracy, the overwhelming majority of whose citizenry have absolutely no time for corrupt, thievish and murderous political hijackers.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
June 27, 2020
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