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12.06.2017 Opinion

NDC 25th Anniversary : Celebration Of Mismanagement, Corruption And Greed

By  Nana Ofori Kissi Ratina
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JUN 12, 2017 OPINION

The evolution route of NDC into Ghanaian politics is a justification of what is happening in the party at the moment. The NDC evolved from a dictatorial AFRC to a totalitarian PNDC and finally adjusted to the democratic praises of the 1990's.

Quoting Professor Mike Oquaye "The June 4th 1979 revolution which brought in the AFRC, was a rebellion junior officers and other ranks who claimed that it would be unjust for their superior officers of the SMC II to quietly hand over power to the civilian government without accounting for the stewardship which they claimed had brought the Armed Forces into grave disrepute. This led to the bloody public executions of retired and continuing top military rulers after reckless midnight trials - a trial of blood on the hands of men like Rawlings, Boakye Gyan and other members of the AFRC. It was an era of looting, pillage, jail breaking masterminded by the regime itself, public humiliation of women and the genesis of gross indiscipline in the Ghanaian body politic".

The AFRC-PNDC which claimed to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor hence choosing the motto " Probity and Accountability" , ended up enriching the members of the revolution from the nation's coffers while they rendered the flourishing Ghanaian businessmen poor and the loud in societies became muted through humiliations by military men of the revolution.

The Ghanaian economy faced massive retrogression under the reign of PNDC to the end of the two terms rule of Rawlings. One will not be wrong to attribute the woes of the Ghanaian economy to the 19 years reign of J. J. Rawlings - the founder of the NDC. It was under Rawlings stewardship that most of the State Corporations were sold for selfish gain of Rawlings himself and his cronies. Nsawam Cannery, GIHOC, Paulugu Tomato Factory, STC, Black Star Line Shipping, Jute Factory, Ghana Airway, Continental Hotels, GNTC, West African Mills, Akasanoma, State Hotels, Ghana Food Distribution Corporation, to mention few, were kept on divestiture and sold among themselves.

The legacy of Rawlings stewardship for the nearly 20 years is " a legacy of killing local businesses and forcing Ghanaians to consume foreign products". Ghanaian businessmen suffered severe humiliations, some had their investments seized while some were chased on exile. Mr. Siaw - a renowned Ghanaian businessman who established the Tata Brewery was chased on exile and Rawlings sold his company to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (owned by foreigners). Mr. Benjamin Amponsah Mensah popularly known as B. A. Mensah who established the international Tobacco Company at North Kaneshie had his company seized by Rawlings. Even the current police hospital was a property of one Mr. Yaw Boakye - his private hospital. Rawlings, aside collapsing private business initiative, over 60 State-Owned companies were placed on divestiture and finally sold them to himself and his cronies.

Prior to the promulgation of the 1992 constitution, the sons and daughters of the revolution sorted to metamorphosed the traditional name of the military rule of Rawlings to fit the contemporary political code hence they erased the alphabet "P" leaving the NDC. The party born out of revolution had its name changed but its features remained.

The NDC committed itself to the Communist Inferior Tactics blended with physical and psychological brutalities to govern Ghana from 1992 to 2001 when they lost elections to Kuffour led NPP government. Only God knows the number of Ghanaians who vanished between under the reign of PNDC and Rawlings NDC.

Rawlings executed Real Admiral Amedome and Roger Felli for taking a Bank loan of ¢50,000. This same "Saint" accepted a gift of US$5 million for no work done from Abacha - former Nigerian President. What is the justification that Rawlings - the founder of NDC is not corrupt? Rawlings seized peoples companies and property on grounds of tax evasion and later sold them to himself, his wife and his friends. Yet, the NDC is crying and tagging the EOCO summons of Ibrahim Mahama - the brother of former president John Mahama who evaded taxes to the sum of Gh¢12 million and SSNIT contributions of Gh¢1 million during the reign of his brother as "witch hunting". If there is no witch, there wouldn't be hunting.

Yes, I agree with ex president Kuffour that corruption started from the days of Adam. Yet, corruption did not develop " sharp teeth" until NDC erupted in Ghanaian politics.The NDC took advantage of the inactive of the late J. E. A. Mills to make shady deals.

John Mahama presided over corruption. It was under the reign of NDC that Ibrahim Mahama collapsed Merchant Bank. If Amedome and Felli could be executed for taking a loan of ¢50,000 then, what should be done to a man who took a loan of Gh¢57 million from Merchant Bank which eventually led to the collapse of the State Bank? What should be done to Woyome who defrauded the State of Gh¢51.2 million? What should be done to the YEA directors who collaborated to squander over Gh¢52 million? What should be done to the NDC gang who collaborated to share among themselves US$1 million in the name of NCA contract? What should be done to the Boss of Ghana Standard Authority who is alleged to have squandered US$1.2 million? Well, I leave it for the coming Independent State Prosecutor to deal with that.

The NDC is the main cause of Ghana's developmental backwardness and Ghanaians should never dream of voting the NDC to power again. Just as Hon. Martin Amidu puts it "May God never give us a corrupt leader like Mahama again".

The 25th anniversary of NDC is a celebration of people who never thought they could be rich but have been rich due to the opportunity they got to come near to the nation's coffers. The NDC has no memento in Ghana's politics other than the pain in peoples mind. If any serious party had gotten the opportunity to rule Ghana like the 19 years of Rawlings and the 8 years of Mills-Mahama, Ghana would have been on the competitive track of the international development marathon.

May God grant NDC permanent seat in opposition.
Long live Ghana.
Nana Ofori Kissi Ratina
Atiwa Writer.

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