Equalisation Intrigues In Full Flight
When the Vice President caught a cold, killjoys got busy with ill-intentioned theories. They relished the weekend because the Vice President's fatigue offered them an opportunity to embark upon an equalization agenda but their thinking caps were not on their heads: their self-authored statement gave them out so easily and we wondered how stupid they could be under the circumstances.
Even their unnecessary sympathies were laden with cynicism.
For the first time in our recent governance history, statements have started to be issued to keep the public informed about the health status of our political leaders at the helm.
No sooner had the first statement hit the media, especially social media, than they went to work to release a confusing follow-up as it were.
It was as if the Vice President who walked to the aircraft was put on a stretcher and flown outside the country for medical treatment. The most damning was the aspect which implied that the Number Two Gentleman was diagnosed of an ailment for which local management is not available. Oh my gosh; how can people, whoever they are, be so mean as to carry democracy to such smelly depths.
The phobia for Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia by bad politicians in the country is beyond what we had even thought.
Only a few persons can work so hard, deny themselves of the much needed periodic rest and avoid suffering the effect of fatigue as did the Vice President.
The only time that the Vice President stayed away from active politics after the first election, since being picked by Nana Akufo-Addo, was when he took up an appointment in Zimbabwe in 2008.
Since then it has been a regimen of total immersion in the choppy waters of local politics, the election petition period being arguably the most stressing. And we expect a normal human being not to need rest? The killjoys think differently as they find this moment auspicious for their dirty campaign.
A cynicism-laden 'sympathy' message from NDC to Bawumia reads 'Speedy recovery to Vice President Mahamadou Bawumia who has been medically evacuated to London for treatment.'
What can be so sinister than the foregone! In their rush to sow the seed of confusion they failed to get the right spelling of the second gentleman's name.
The name Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia would remain a lasting phenomenon in local politics for a long time to come. It would be better they learnt to cope with this reality than live in their fantasy world.
When such bulletins about the President or the Vice President's health is being composed in future, it should be done bearing in mind that mischief makers are always lurking in the dark ready to jump onto the weak links. Our leaders must learn to rest. They cannot address all the challenges overnight. The free SHS has come at last and dumsor confined to the chapters of history as the other flagship programmes take off one after the other.
As he rests in the UK, let us spare him the phone calls so he can return soonest fully rested.
What a weekend that was! Political intrigues et al!