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19.05.2019 Feature Article

The Metamorphosis Of Ghanaian Politics

Great Ghana, which once attracted many African-American celebrities, including Muhammed Ali, is now declining
Great Ghana, which once attracted many African-American celebrities, including Muhammed Ali, is now declining

The biggest deception of Ghanaian politics is making Ghanaians to believe that politicians are needed for their welfare: life improvement, providing all necessary amenities and protecting them but instead, they rather improve their lives and that of their families.

From the time of John Jerry Rawlings as a military leader to NDC democratically elected Ghanaian leader, until the NDC losing power to the NPP, the landscape of Ghana’s politics continues to change from bad to worse without a remedy, yet every Ghanaian leader tries to convince everyone that he is simply the best.

There is a virus in Ghanaian politics, an internal inefficiency which has affected the country to collapse; leading to the suffering of the common people but since power is politics, politicians in power must fight a verbal war to win the hearts of Ghanaians that they are the right political party for them. This has worked in some ways.

In reality, Ghana as a peaceful country must build a sort of friendly political atmosphere between the opposition and other minor political parties in the country but this is far from being achieved because greed rules Ghana’s politics. There are so many bad characters of Ghanaian politics which everything is built on lies, thus; the truth and transparency are never given the chance.

It seems every Ghanaian politician is a chronic liar. Even though most Ghanaians are not interested in politics in the country, there are others too who think their survival depend on politicians but the simple truth is African politics are not for the poor people. Unfortunately, these poor people expecting miracles have failed to accept the fact that African politics is not for them.

There is oil, exporting agricultural products and mineral resources which can build Ghana if any serious leader will fight for the good of the country, with honesty, commitment, and authentic passion but these qualities haven’t been achieved yet, the reason the common Ghanaian feels the country's depressive economy most.

In the eyes of the current Ghanaian leader, the NPP would claim an easy victory in the year 2020 but considering Nana Akufo Addo's blunders, the impact of corruption under his administration, they are not willing to accept and non-important beneficial project he is executing, many lack the confidence about his chances of winning.

Whatever the situation may be, Ghanaian politicians must rely on free and fair elections, without any political unrest or violence. We are above that. In unity, we must stand to build Ghana.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Author column: JoelSavage

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