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14.11.2008 Elections

The Butterfly cannot call itself a bird

By Daniel Danquah Damptey [email protected] 0243-715297 - Ghanaian Chronicle

To all those who believe in the lies, distortions, intimidations and falsehood being fed them by the desperados in the National Democratic Congress to the effect that the deficiencies in the Ghanaian Political, Social and Economic systems would be addressed through insults and stigmatization of their political opponents in the New Patriotic Party should realise that they are doing a great deal of injustice to the country and themselves when they allow their sense of reasoning to be clouded by partisan and parochial considerations.

Please, tell me why some Ghanaians have made it their habit to be insulting and peddling false rumours against those who hold different opinions from them? Please tell me. Please, tell me why the NDC, from day one have been maligning Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. Please tell me. Where are the facts?

They allege that Nana Addo is addicted to drugs and some unintelligent Ghanaians have bought these allegations hook, line and sinker. Since when have it been an accepted norm to accept as true any allegation made against another without proof?

If the Running Mate to Atta Mills will be honest to himself and tell Ghanaians the truth, he should come out and clear the air on this. John Mahama himself admitted sometime ago when one journalist put this question before him, he said the allegation of Nana Akufo Addo on drugs is not true and that it was in a bad taste.

He was asked what would happen to Ghana's image if after all the allegations against Nana, he is eventually elected President of Ghana. He spoke his heart out and said Ghana's image would be dented. That was some three or so months before his selection as Mills' Running Mate.


Now you listen. These first two ladies were hard-core NDC activists before they crossed carpet to the ruling NPP. They had been used by the then powers that be to perpetrate nasty atrocities against their political opponents in the NPP.

It happened that the Good Lord opened their eyes and like Paul of Tarsus, they saw the light. They are now telling us of some of the things they were made to do for the NDC. But the NDC says they have done something unpardonable.

Now, Frema Busia, daughter of one of the Founders of the Osono Fraternity comes up with some frivolous and unsubstantiated allegations against the Presidency and some top members of the Government.

Now, the NDC jumps at them and concludes that Kufuor and top members of the government are guilty and must be crucified. If they believe Frema's allegations, why won't they accept those of Frances Essiam and Maame Dorkonoo.

Some of Frema's allegations are so naive that only the unintelligent will believe them. She claims she refused the sexual advances of the ex-security capo, Francis Poku and that was the genesis of her problems. What did the ex-security capo see in her that would make him throw caution to the wind and attempt to have his way out with her sexually? And if indeed Francis Poku wanted a female partner to sleep with, should it be with an old granny like Frema Busia?

I am asking this question because if one wants to eat a toad, one must go in for the biggest. Knowing very well the position Francis Poku occupied in the country, I am not sure that he would be so reckless as to attempt what he is being accused of doing. Yet the NDC members believe her inconsistent allegations just as they did when Giselle Yaji i also made her allegations against the President.

Why did it take her so long to come public with her allegations? Let her come out with copies of the petitions she claims she has taken to the Asantehene and other high profile personalities in the country in connection with the alleged sexual harassment. She claimed her salary was stopped on the orders of the President. What was wrong with that? She was appointed by the President and if the latter in his own wisdom found her incompetent to perform her assigned task, nothing stops him from relieving her of her appointment.


Now, one taxi driver, Charkitey, had his vehicle involved in an accident with Rawlings' convoy. Soldiers, under Rawlings personal supervision overturns the vehicle and sets it ablaze. The poor innocent driver is tortured and sent to the police cell. Three days later, Charkitey is pronounced dead in a police cell. Cause of death? Diarrhoea.

Some few years later, one drunk driver personally drove his vehicle into the vehicle the President was riding in. It was ordinary Passersby who breached protocol to assist the President get out of the overturned vehicle. The man, Francis Ossei is arrested and given every assistance during his trial, before he is pronounced guilty and sentenced.

There is also the issue of Issah Mobilla, the CPP capo who was arrested for electoral malpractice. He is taken to a military barracks where he is tortured to death. All hell is let loose and his death is put right at the doorsteps of Kufuor and his government.

The death of Issa Mobilla is pathetic and regrettable and must be condemned by all. Even though, two wrongs do not make a right, I strongly feel that Mills and Rawlings should be the last people to speak of injustice. They have been in charge of this country before. It is not easy to be at all places at the same time.

There may be times that one wants to act, but one finds out that he/she is inhibited in one way or the other. If relevant facts are not available to prosecute offenders of a crime, one might end up on a red herring chase. There is even the possibility that soldiers who carried out such an atrocity might be NDC sympathisers.

I am not suggesting that the death of Issa Mobilla is a non issue. No, far from that. We deeply regret it. But let not Mills, Rawlings, Asiedu Nketia, Ama Benyiwa Doe, Kobby Acheampong, Fiifi Kwetey, John Mahama, Koku Anyidoho, Haruna Iddrissu, Inusa Fuseini, Alban Bagbin and others shout themselves into the higher heavens by talking of injustice when the family of poor innocent Charkitey is yet to get justice for their beloved.


Anyway, has the family of the poor innocent man who was killed at Mendskrom through the reckless driving of Ama Benyiwa Doe got justice? Did she not use her position and influence to twist the arms of the law enforcement agencies to treat her with kid gloves when the incident occurred? Was she arrested when the incident occurred? How much was paid to the family of the bereaved? So you see that those whose palm kernels are cracked by some benevolent spirits ought to be careful when they are dealing with others who are less fortunate than themselves.


Is Kofi Wayo relevant in Ghanaian politics today? Definitely, no! It would be recalled that when the Wayo man first arrived in the country, he made it loud and clear then that Candidate Kufuor was the beautiful bride to be wooed and that Rawlings, whom he referred to as the devil had to be chained at all cost.

Which nasty words did he not use to describe Rawlings and the NDC? And so, if today, like the dog that he is, he has gone back to eat his own vomit, shall we not thank God for relieving us of such extra baggage? I bet, we should.

Do we have to bother about allegations coming from the mouth of this gun troter across the globe? No, he can go and spew forth allegations after allegations, but we in the Nnipa Pa Party shall remain unperturbed.

We shall remain focus. We shall be marching forward all the time in our determination to attaining the commanding heights of our economy. After all we were witnesses to the allegation he Kofi Wayo levelled against a top guru of his party to the effect that the man had stolen his dollars.

He reported the case to the police but nothing came out of it. Could such an incredible person be regarded as a witness of truth? This is the reason why we in NPP shall move on, for we see a tiny light guiding us through a sea of turbulent dark waters. The thin voice is saying, “Courage, Nana, Do Not Stumble. Though Thy Path Be As Dark As Night. There's A Star To Guide You. Trust in God And Do The Right”.


The NDC has made it a habit of criminalizing the New Patriotic Party anytime one or two misguided party men/women got themselves enmeshed in one criminal activity or the other.

Amoateng, an NPP MP was arrested in the United States for trafficking in cocaine and presto, all NPP members were said to be involved in the cocaine business. But it will interest you to know that earlier on, the son of the then Speaker of Parliament, Justice D.F.Annan was arrested at Heathrow Airport for possessing cocaine. He was tried, convicted and jailed in England for drug related offence. But we in the NPP have not labelled the NDC as a narcotic party.

Kwabena Agyepong hit the nail on the head when he told us that Jack Bebli, who was one of the feared body guards of Rawlings, engaged in armed robbery when he stole some Gold Bars then being conveyed to the Harbour. He was Rawlings bodyguard and the natural conclusion was that he was taking them to the Rawlingses but we did not link him to the Rawlingses.

Now, the NDC had claimed that the voters Register in some constituencies in Ashanti Region were bloated. The party accused the Electoral Commission and the New Patriotic Party of being the perpetrators of this act. But since we have a God who never fails his people, it happened that one big fish from the NDC in one of the constituencies being complained of was caught in a double registration exercise.

This big fish was aspiring to become a member of the Law making body in the country on the ticket of the NDC. You see how nature works? If Gold rusts, what then will iron be? The butterfly cannot become a bird. Lai lai!

The party wants to act like the stranger who cries more than the chief mourner.

As if that was not enough, their aspiring MP for Tema East Constituency, Robert Kempes Ofosuware was arrested on charges relating to the use of a fake cheque to transfer $147,034.09 into his account.

We should not overlook the fact that as soon as Amoateng was arrested, the NDC and the media sympathetic to their course pronounced him guilty. That was even before his first appearance. But here we are with such a big fish allegedly attempting to swindle an institution of such a huge amount walking the streets of Ghana a free person.