It comes as absolutely no surprise to learn that the National Chairman of the country’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been fingered as one of the criminal masterminds behind the recent kidnappings of some adolescent schoolgirls and the riotously rampant outbreak of some suspicious market fires, as well as other arson-related fires, around the country (See “CID Names Ofosu-Ampofo in Kidnappings, Fire Outbreaks” Modernghana.com [Politics] 5/8/19).
According to news reports, the fingering of the former Eastern Regional Minister was done by some criminal suspects allegedly picked up by police investigators for questioning in the wake of the aforesaid occurrences. It comes as absolutely no surprise to me since the savage killing of an NDC operative at the party’s Kumasi regional headquarters not too long ago. Indeed, I have personally pointed out, in at least a of couple of my columns, that the markings of the brutal assassination of former Tiger-Eye investigative journalist, Mr. Ahmed Suale, in his own family compound in the Madina suburb of our nation’s capital, were strikingly similar to the gangster style execution that occurred at the Kumasi headquarters of the National Democratic Congress, within earshot of NDC big guns like General-Secretary Johnson Asiedu-Nketia and, you guessed it, Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo.
It was also crystal clear from the Ahmed Suale assassination incident that the intent of the as yet unidentified criminal suspects was to create the sort of fear and panic in the country in the manner that has reportedly been attributed to Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo on some evidentiary audiotapes, as an inescapable means of destabilizing Ghana and, ultimately, derailing the unprecedently progressive Akufo-Addo government as the surest means of affording the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress a fighting chance in the leadup to the 2020 general election.
On a broader spectrum, it well appears that the Mahama Game Plan has always had an ethnocentric tinge to it. In the latter instance, it is the cold-calculated use of Akan and/or Akyem-descended NDC operatives to destabilize the Akufo-Addo Administration. We witnessed this in the clearly deliberately orchestrated and constitutionally untenable transfer of Mrs. Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei, then-Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), by then-President John Dramani Mahama, to the functionally coordinate and lateral post of Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).
Back then, not only was Mrs. Osei widely described as being too inexperienced for this politically most sensitive job, by the veteran likes of Justice Emile Short, the appointee would shortly vindicate her most ardent critics by proving herself to be the impudent and imprudent institutional tool of the 2016 Mahama Presidential Campaign, as Ghanaians incredulously watched this pathological scofflaw go on to flagrantly defy one Wood Supreme Court decision after another, largely vis-à-vis which Ghanaian citizens qualified to vote and by what set of criteria.
Prior to the preceding chain of events, Ghanaians had quaintly witnessed then-President Mahama literally purge the Presidency of his northern-dominated staff and strategically, if also insolently, bring in the likes of Mr. Julius Debrah to act as Mr. Mahama’s vote-getting Executive Chief of Staff. Unfortunately for our political protagonist, the indisputable architect of Dumsor, as Ghanaians have come to know it, the thoroughgoing administrative incompetence of the former Atta-Mills lieutenant was immutably too obvious to remarkably turn things around.
As of this writing and press preparation, Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo was widely reported to have either flatly refused or failed to respond to a May 9 invitation to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS). This is at least the second time in about as many months that the former Minister of Local Government has failed to promptly respond to an official or formal invitation to the CID’s headquarters for questioning, involving a criminal matter or matters of criminal nature.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
May 18, 2019
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