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21.01.2009 Feature Article

Demeaning Democracy in Ghana.

By Kumi
Demeaning Democracy in Ghana.
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The argument will still hold even if we are a developed country. The retirement package for the executives and legislators in Ghana is outrageous and excessive. The benefits is simply too extravagant.
In the mist of electricity and fuel crisis, the opposition NDC was promising heaven on earth for Ghana, a country that has failed to utilize her human and natural resources, and as soon as they are given the mandate, apportion of blame and excuse set in. I do remember vividly the promises made by the NPP when they were also in opposition.

For me, I'm not interested in whether our country is broke or worrisome because, we do not need our politicians to tell us how much money we have in our pocket. We gave them our mandate to solve problems, not to sit in parliament seeking their personal and party interest. What is needed is the 'how'', that is, how they are going to solve the problems. The time has come for politician to be responsible and stop their act of insensitivity to the populace. We will accept the blame game only and only when it is proven that they built this number of industries, hospitals, roads, waste treatment plants etc but were sold by the opponent. One thing that was noted during the election was economic indicators that are acceptable by the populace. It is not GDP growth and micro stability but macro stability. Parties were seen comparing price of cements, kenkey, petrol etc. We want them to understand that we are sick and tired of always defending the intangible economics and brain exercise.
The fall out from the ex-gratia clearly indicate that democracy has lost its bearing in Ghana. It also buttress irresponsible leadership in Ghana and why our parliament is termed as a rubber stamped. This is an indication that most of the bills passed by parliament are normally not studied well. Most of our parliamentarians are business men and therefore see their presence as an opportune time to make money.
The committee recommended among other things that a former president should be given fully furnished residences that befit a former president at a place of his choice - one in Accra and another out of the national capital.

In addition, the former president would be entitled among other privileges, to six fully maintained, comprehensively insured, fueled and chauffeured-driven cars to be replaced every four years. The fleet comprise of three salon cars, two cross country cars and one all-purpose vehicle. It is common knowledge that Mr. Kufour the immediate beneficiary has cars and buildings already. It can be infer that the committee arrived at the package due to what former president Mr. Rawlings took home.
We have no question the state taking good care of former head of state, which by their own economic indicators have developed the country. However, the package needs a second look.
The betterment of Ghana is the ultimate aim of every Ghanaian except the opposition party or parties in our Country. It is really a sad event as the opposition always sees nothing good in the governing party. There is always an intentional pull-him-down attitude which does no good but rather deteriorate the country. I had the privilege like most of our leaders to witness democracy in advanced countries but wonder, always questioned the line of argument by our intellectual few. There is a common saying that; good name is better than riches. BBC reports that people in Ghana expressed the most optimism, with 87% predicting better things under Obama, this contrary to what we hear about our own economy. Painting our economy black is not only a disaster for the country before the western world but also an impediment when that same opposition is given the mantle of leadership. These pronouncements which are meant to dodge responsibility, fulfillment of promises also give our creditors and competitors undue advantage. One thing that is very relevant for our well-being is constructive criticism and not political expediency or winning political points.
In the mist of electricity and fuel crisis, the opposition NDC was promising heaven on earth for Ghana, a country that has failed to utilize her human and natural resources, and as soon as they are given the mandate, apportion of blame and excuse set in. I do remember vividly the promises made by the NPP when they were also in opposition.

For me, I'm not interested in whether our country is broke or worrisome because, we do not need our politicians to tell us how much money we have in our pocket. We gave them our mandate to solve problems, not to sit in parliament seeking their personal and party interest. What is needed is the 'how'', that is, how they are going to solve the problems. The time has come for politician to be responsible and stop their act of insensitivity to the populace. We will accept the blame game only and only when it is proven that they built this number of industries, hospitals, roads, waste treatment plants etc but were sold by the opponent. One thing that was noted during the election was economic indicators that are acceptable by the populace. It is not GDP growth and micro stability but macro stability. Parties were seen comparing price of cements, kenkey, petrol etc. We want them to understand that we are sick and tired of always defending the intangible economics and brain exercise.
The fall out from the ex-gratia clearly indicate that democracy has lost its bearing in Ghana. It also buttress irresponsible leadership in Ghana and why our parliament is termed as a rubber stamped. This is an indication that most of the bills passed by parliament are normally not studied well. Most of our parliamentarians are business men and therefore see their presence as an opportune time to make money.
The committee recommended among other things that a former president should be given fully furnished residences that befit a former president at a place of his choice - one in Accra and another out of the national capital.

In addition, the former president would be entitled among other privileges, to six fully maintained, comprehensively insured, fueled and chauffeured-driven cars to be replaced every four years. The fleet comprise of three salon cars, two cross country cars and one all-purpose vehicle. It is common knowledge that Mr. Kufour the immediate beneficiary has cars and buildings already. It can be infer that the committee arrived at the package due to what former president Mr. Rawlings took home.
We have no question the state taking good care of former head of state, which by their own economic indicators have developed the country. However, the package needs a second look.
The argument will still hold even if we are a developed country. The retirement package for the executives and legislators in Ghana is outrageous and excessive. The benefits is simply too extravagant.

Kumi
Kumi, © 2009

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