Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum at Each Other’s Jugular

Feature Article Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum at Each Others Jugular
JUL 5, 2022 LISTEN

Those who have been regularly reading my columns would remember my intermittent calls for the resignation and/or the prompt removal of Mr. Kenneth Kuntunkununku Ofori-Atta as Finance Minister, ever since Mr. Martin A B K Amidu exposed the seamy underbelly of the infamous Agyapa Heritage Investment Scandal in the runup to the 2020 Presidential Election. This patently inexcusable and unconscionable scam may very well have cost the ruling New Patriotic Party its hitherto very comfortable parliamentary majority. Well, nearly two years later, I still maintain the same position, although I have also been very much aware of the fact that it was not going to be a cakewalk to have the President promptly and expeditiously make any move on this front.

Then also, I have been wondering about whatever happened to the post of either the Strategist or Monitor of Ministerial and Executive Performance at the Presidency. At any rate, contrary to the imagination, or the abject lack thereof, and the thinking of other Akufo-Addo Administration critics, I am not the least bit obsessed or smitten with the pedestrian idea of the periodic reshuffling of cabinet and executive appointees as a standard procedure or routine, except in certain obvious and extreme cases, such as the auspicious and timely removal of Mr. Boakye Agyarko, the sometime Presidential Campaign Manager of the then-Candidate Akufo-Addo and the former Energy Minister, in the seismic wake of the scandalous exposé on his patently criminal fudging of contractual repayment figures in the infamous and already troubled Mahama-contracted AMERI-Deal energy supply scam.

Well, it goes without saying that Ghanaians were exposed to the very same case scenario in the matter of the Agyapa Heritage Mineral Investment Scandal; so, it is not clear to me precisely what he means, when the Almighty Tweedle-Dee, Tweedle-Dum sarcastically claims that his thoroughly and scandalously and intellectually bankrupt younger twin brother is the de facto Prime Minister of the Akufo-Administration, in much the same way that the now-Speaker Alban S K Bagbin once described Mr. Stanley Xoese Dogbe as the de facto President of the previous Mahama regime, asserts that the Finance Minister has been “creative” in his management of the country’s economy and that, rather than call for his immediate ouster or removal, the overwhelming majority of the Ghanaian citizenry would be much better off throwing their full weight behind this Akufo-Addo kinsman and very close associate who has been mordantly castigated as an inevitable disaster that has been waiting to happen since the inception of the Akufo-Addo Administration.

You see, the problem here, not that I expected it any other way, is that Tweedle-Dee does not tell Ghanaians precisely why he supposes that the Finance Minister has been “very creative” in his management of the country’s economy. Now, what I vividly remember is that in the wake of the very public and scandalously seismic exposure of the Agyapa Heritage Mineral Investment Scam, Ghanaians were rather predictably and artlessly informed that, in fact, the very first attempt to criminally mortgage the mineral wealth of the country had occurred under the watch and tenure of the late President John Evans Atta “Woyome” Mills, but that for some unexplained reasons this veritably fraudulent scheme and scam had fallen through the proverbial cracks.

Now, I sincerely do not fathom that this copycat attempt to defraud entire generations of the Ghanaian citizenry in any way constitutes the “creative” management of Ghana’s economy. But what actually flabbergasted yours truly beyond comprehension was the apparent preparedness of the extant New Patriotic Party Parliamentary Majority, a comfortable parliamentary majority, one might also add, led by Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, to literally rubberstamp this most egregious attempt to up the ante on the globally infamous Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. You see, Dear Reader, this flat refusal by President Akufo-Addo to show the exit door to Cousin Ken in exactly the same way and manner in which he had shown Mr. Boakye Agyarko a few years back, partly validates Mr. Amidu’s rather intemperate but, nonetheless, very forthright assertion that when it comes to cracking the metaphorical whip in this Akufo-Addo Administration, it all boils down to a downright tendentious and nepotistic matter of precisely whose horse is being earmarked for goring or the slaughterhouse.

For Tweedle-Dee, however, it all comes down to how Elder Brother Dum, or Tweedle-Dum, would have reacted in a strikingly similar situation, and not the critical fact of whether, indeed, the scandalously epic underperformance or gross mismanagement of the country’s economy warrants the prompt disciplining or the discharging of the man officially entrusted with the same. Consequently, going by such trend of thinking, or maybe even the abject lack thereof, since in 2015, or thereabouts, Tweedle-Dum had scandalously defied common sense, responsible leadership and practical reality by insisting on having his then Finance Minister, Mr. Seth Terkper, continue to stay in office to further compound the socioeconomic misery of the Dumsor-battered Ghanaian citizenry, it perfectly stands to reason for Nana Akufo-Addo to keep Cousin Ken smack in charge of the very Finance Ministry, whose apparent gross mismanagement has led to the President’s desperate call for the immediate intervention of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in order to ensure that Ghana would be kept afloat in the management of its balance-of-payment difficulties.

Now, it goes without saying that absolutely no electioneering campaigning comeback done on behalf of Tweedle-Dum, who is more popularly known as Bole-Bamboi’s own Kwame Gonja, could at once be this smashingly effective and superb!

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD

English Department, SUNY-Nassau

Garden City, New York

July 4, 2022

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