His younger half-brother, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, was just ordered to cough up what millions of cedis by the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO), I have forgotten exactly how much, for bouncing more than a dozen checks issued for the payment of import taxes on machinery used for his so-called Engineers and Planners mining business.
A person of lesser collateral social status in Ghanaian society would be facing at least a decade’s imprisonment with hard labor. And yet former President John Dramani Mahama would have his captive audience of National Democratic Congress’ Silver-Jubilee Anniversary Celebrants believe that President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia are suffering from an acute bout of being forced to live the jagged-edged experience of the rocky grind of reality (See “Poor NPP Suffering from ‘Tragedy of Unlived Experienced’ – Mahama” MyJoyOnline.com / Modernghana.com 6/10/17).
But, of course, we all know that it is the man who adamantly refused to vacate his Vice-President’s Residence, even after 4 years of assuming the Presidency, and after having officially moved into the Flagstaff House, who has been living in suspended animation since Ghanaian voters massively and shamefully booted him out of the Flagstaff House last December. Indeed, the “Tragedy of Unlived Experience” is when you callously and unconscionably pursue a health policy of “Cash-and-Carry” Darwinism, falsely dressed up as “Social Democracy,” whereby the poor and destitute who are unable to pay their healthcare providers upfront are wickedly left to suffer and die of preventable diseases. That is, until the one who had actually attended and successfully graduated from the School-of-Hard-Knocks was able to wisely and foresightedly, amidst all the snickering and jeering from those who smugly prided themselves in their abject lack of creative initiative, pragmatically crafted and implemented a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to their great embarrassment and shame.
But, of course, the real problem that we are dealing with here is that political rascals and reprobates like former President John Dramani Mahama, former Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, and the rest of the hoodlum pack of the NDC’s front-pew operatives, are biologically and psychologically incapable of experiencing any sense of shame. That is the real “Tragedy of Unlived Experience.” Indeed, if I were Mr. Mahama (God forbid!) watching Messrs. Akufo-Addo and Bawumia so magically and artfully restore Teacher-Trainee and Nurse-Trainee Allowances within the lightning speed and temporal span of just one month, upon assuming the democratic reins of governance, I would immediately think of getting a real 9-to-5 pm job, than hopelessly and ineffectually scheming to be afforded another shot to rob the Ghanaian voter blind with the unscrupulous proprietor of the so-called Engineers and Planners firm.
But, of course, Little Dramani would do himself and his former victims and potential victims great good by listening to Chairman Jerry John Rawlings tell him the painful, but therapeutic, truth about his irreparably bankrupt caliber of leadership. Anyway, at the same 25th Anniversary Celebration Fiesta where the founding-patriarch of the main opposition National Democratic Congress spoke, at Ashaiman, Greater-Accra Region, Chairman Rawlings called for the emergence of a totally fresh and more creative leadership for the party, and instructively informed the celebrants that under the Presidency of Little Dramani, “corruption increased to insane levels… with a complete ideological departure from the June 4th’s revolutionary values of probity and accountability.”
I mean, it is only a thoroughgoing corrupt scam-artist like John Dramani who would not heed such a noble call to stop thinking and believing that, somehow, he has an inalienable right to perennially and perpetually scam the longsuffering “Give-It-To-God” Ghanaian voter.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
June 10, 2017
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