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07.07.2021 Feature Article

Funny Ghana!

Funny Ghana!
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“Were we bold enough to grab the nearest pen and paper and calculate judgment debt corruption in Ghana in the past 20 years alone ─ using simple middle school arithmetic formula (no complex algebra to confuse anybody,) we would be affrighted by the wasted opulence that has found its way into deep, private pockets!”

The latest chain of judgment debt iniquities supervised by our politicians appear to have left many people shell-shocked and excessively shaken to their marrow.

Why some people still trust Ghanaian politicians to the point of even daring to express the slimmest modicum of shock at their predictable burglary of our national income ─ which is always calculated to pile penny upon penny ─ for their earthly glorification but eternal condemnation beats my mind.

Judgment debts are an inherent part of our chequered story. That's how gorilla-teeth politicians have looted and robbed the treasury while we, the commoners, look on in stupefying helplessness. What else can we do, poor souls!

We cannot set the sea alight, neither can we shoot at the stars because elected officials continue to ransack and pillage our accounts from various parts of the world wholesale. It is logical therefore, for the people to vent their spleen in the air by calling into radio stations and reigning unpolished innuendos at politicians from Monday to Friday─ fundamentally to celebrate our corporate powerlessness at putting an end to this daylight robbery.

Here is the trick. The politicians know they only have to hang on in quietude ─ say no word and cough no cough ─ until Friday evening news time. If they must speak for any reason, the well-choreographed denial ought to be strong, irrefutable, emotional and litigations. The media noise, always loud and livid, would quickly cool off, in fact die out naturally by Monday morning before tea time. Next step for the politician is to complete all legal documentation and wait for the green light from the bankers before proceeding into corruption’s joy!

Were we bold enough to grab the nearest pen and paper and calculate judgment debt corruption in Ghana in the past 20 years alone ─ using simple middle school arithmetic formula (no complex algebra to confuse anybody) we would be affrighted by the wasted opulence that has found its way into deep, private pockets!

This country would have been seven hundred and seventy seven times more superior to the United Kingdom in every category of development outright! We would require no loans from the World Bank, nor would we have the flimsiest excuse to mortgage a whole nation to the Bretton Woods apparatus which downgraded us ─ our parents, children, grandchildren and all unborn Ghanaians as "poor and highly indebted."

Judgment debt is corruption by the books, of which we the common people of this country have little understanding. And so when a court rules in favor of litigants of an abrogated contract, the ruling is nothing but a majestic windfall, a bumper harvest for the technocrats for their yeoman’s job.

Any system that compels powerful state institutions (from Parliament through the courts to the executive branch of government) to part with tax payer’s money, even when the reasons for paying such debts proceed from sound misjudgment by politicians cannot be justified. Since the law was made for man and not man for the law, I find it strange why our institutions cannot reverse such wanton claims and punish the plotters of these decrepitude.

So let’s wait patiently, hopelessly, for the next judgment debt. Then we will repackage the old popular frustrations to make them look new, when in essence, they are but the emissions of a failed system of laws left far behind by complex stratagems of modern vice.

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