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08.09.2019 Feature Article

Only Speaking Truth To Power Will Save Ghanaian Democracy

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I just watched a video posted on my Facebook page's wall by my brother Charles. Thanks for sharing, Charlie. I enjoyed watching it very much. Now that I have very good malware protection, videos are a new delight for me. Cool.

The emphasis for me, whiles watching the said video, was on the need for Africans to demand transparency on public-sector deals with both local and foreign companies from their governments.'

Ditto more speaking truth to power by civil society organizations, sundry opinion leaders and the more responsible sections of the media. I buy all that.

As a matter of fact, I am so fed up with the idiocy of some of our politicians that I no longer use decorous language, when one has to call a spade a spade and refer to them as fools and idiots if need be in the national interest and for common-good reasons.

After all, we are not their serfs, and they are most certainly not our lords and masters, voted into power to lord it over us. No. They were voted into power to serve us - surprising though that might be for the more arrogant ones amongst them: who have now grown wings. The sods. Massa, as for me I refuse to let them bluff me, ooooo. Never. I fear nobody. Period.

Naturally, such plain speaking always have dire consequences: During the Mahama-era, for example, my plain speaking resulted in the invasion of our Akyem Juaso forest property, by illegal gold miners led by a wealthy rogue called Rasta (the promoter of Hagnela Mining Company). Nothing I did stopped that moron - until he vamooshed when the NPP won power.

Now that I am criticising Hon. Yaw Osafo Marfo and Vice-President Bawumia, calling them blockheads, for giving away the Atewa Forest Reserve for U.S. $2.5 billion, in exchange for mining it's bauxite deposits, he has suddenly returned, and is causing even more damage - ditto still bribing officialdom to overlook his many crimes: the same way he used to do in the Mahama-era.

This is a nation of laws, is it not? This is my litmus test for the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM). Hon. Professor Kweku Frimpong-Boateng: "Over to you, Joe Lartey!" Yooooo. Hmmmm...

Anyhow, hopefully, somehow, he will soon get his just deserts. Ditto our crooked Abusuapanin, Bampoe, of the Atomic Energy Commission (hope that that is what it is still called); my second cousin, the greedy too-clever-by-half Kwame Thompson; and, worst of all, our sacked overseer, the evil and treacherous Awuku Red. We will make sure they are all arrested, prosecuted and given long jail sentences. Insha Allah.

Finally, long story short: If we want to save Ghanaian democracy, let us always speak truth to power. Hmmmm, Oman Ghana eyeasem ooooo - asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa! Yooooo. Hmmmm...

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

The author has 667 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: KofiThompson

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