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Excuse me, Sir, I’m not jealous of Kevin Taylor’s ‘good works’, I only detest bogus crusaders!

Excuse me, Sir, I’m not jealous of Kevin Taylor’s ‘good works’, I only detest bogus crusaders!
OCT 25, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE

Whilst some of us do not want to acquiesce to the widely held notion that politics in general is a dirty game, one would not be far from right for suggesting that the political terrain is full of inveterate propagandists and manipulating geezers.

To be quite honest, Kevin Taylor, being a bona fide citizen of Ghana, has every right to shriek, speak and highlight any bribery and corrupt practices being perpetrated by the men and women we have entrusted with the national purse.

But that said, it is absolutely out of order for a supposedly anti-corruption crusader to abuse such rights by accusing and maligning innocent people without any shred of unobjectionable evidence.

Dearest reader, if Kevin Taylor is not mischievously seeking to tarnish the image of his perceived opponents, why is he turning a blind eye to the most gargantuan corruption scandals of our time?

Kevin Taylor, could I crave your indulgence for a moment longer and spell out a few humongous bribery and corruption scandals?

It is also quite intriguing that despite showing keen interest in the investigations into the death of some prominent Ghanaians, you have decided not to ask questions about the sudden and the mysterious death of our distinguished late President Mills.

Kevin Taylor, although it seems extremely dreary and unfortunate to keep visiting the sudden and bizarre death of our beloved late President Mills, don’t you think it benefits no one, when we all keep quiet over the mysterious death?

As you are rightly asking questions about the death of some public figures, Kevin Taylor, wouldn’t it also be a worthwhile if the good people of Ghana knew what actually happened to former President Mills on that fateful day?

Well, Mr Taylor, in as much as our beloved president’s demise was so bizarre and painful, we can only invoke our instinct for tact and diplomacy and keep empathising with the late Mills family for their never ending pain over the unfortunate death, while we venture endlessly to pin together the apparent straddled jigsaw.

So Kevin Taylor, my first suggestion therefore is, please kindly direct the powers that be to investigate the inexplicable passing of our beloved President Mills.

Secondly, Mr Taylor, you would bear with me that in Ghana, individuals ignobly hide behind party colorations, form an alliance, create, loot and share gargantuan sums of money belonging to the state and would eventually slip through the justice net.

Kevin Taylor, the Woyome, GYEEDA, SADA, SUBA, the Brazil World Cup, the infamous Bus Branding and the NDC MPs double salary are a few of such scandals that come to mind.

Mr Taylor, how could Members of Parliament knowingly keep double salaries to the detriment of the poor and disadvantaged Ghanaians? Are you not worried of such shameful act?

As anti-corruption crusader, why have you kept mute over the NDC MPs double salary?

Of course, Kevin Taylor, the recipients of the alleged double salaries have an inherent right to the presumption of innocence. Suffice it to stress that it is the job of the Police to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, or to establish a prima facie case, and not a job for the suspects to prove their innocence.

Mr Taylor, I suggest you include such despicable action in your daily corruption effusions.

If you may recall, Mr Taylor, a few years ago, Mr Martin Amidu came out and told the whole nation that in July 2011, there was a hue and cry about the prices for the acquisition of five (5) aircrafts for the Ghana Armed Forces which were negotiated by your former President John Dramani Mahama.

Mr Amidu however stressed that even though on 26th July 2011 the late Mills attempted to defend the purchase of the five aircrafts, he became convinced of the necessity to set up a Committee to investigate those purchases.

Mr Amidu’s stressed: “a Committee to Investigate the Processes of the Acquisition of Five Aircrafts (5) including Embraer 190 Aircraft and hanger for the Ghana Armed Forces consisting of Mr. William Aboah, Mr. George Amoah, and Brig. Gen. Allotey (Rtd) former Judge Advocate-General was put together”.

Mr Amidu avouched : “the terms of reference of the Committee as I was instructed and drafted them for the late President were: “(i) to investigate the processes adopted in selecting, negotiating, and agreeing on the acquisition of the aircrafts; (ii) to investigate the competitive advantage, prices of the aircrafts and the level of economic and financial due diligence conducted by relevant agencies in the process of acquisition of the aircrafts; and (iii) to investigate any other matter that in the opinion of the Committee is reasonably related to the foregoing terms of reference”. “Pressure groups never allowed the Committee to take off”.

“But the very fact that the late President Mills even contemplated this Committee meant that he was uncomfortable with and suspicious of the alleged inflated prices of the aircrafts”.

Kevin Taylor, don’t you think the dubious aircrafts deal is a matter of national concern?

Indeed, it is a matter of national interest, Mr Taylor, so please add it to your tall list of alleged dubious deals.

Well, Kevin Taylor, we also hope and pray that you don’t go to sleep over the STX Housing deal, which was supposed to provide affordable housing units to the security agencies.

If you would remember, Mr Taylor, in spite of the fact that the deal did not materialise, the then vice president, Mahama, is alleged to have given us a bill of an excess of $300 million. How strange?

Please Kevin Taylor, do not forget to highlight the alleged STX corruption scandal during your bribery and corruption broadcast.

Mr Taylor, if you may remember, somewhere in October 2015, the news went around that the erstwhile Mahama government had spent a staggering $10 million to publish presidential diaries. Kevin Taylor, it was, indeed, a profligate spending by an insensitive administration.

However, Mr Taylor, if you may recollect, the then presidential staffer in Mahama’s administration, Stan Dogbe, swiftly came out and explained: “no government under the NDC has spent a pesewa of the public purse to produce diaries. "Such dairies have always been paid for from corporate advertising proceeds, and the canvassing for such adverts is the responsibility of the company selected to produce the diaries" (myjoyonline.com, 19/10/2015).

Well, Mr Taylor, if millions of dollars were extorted from corporate bodies for presidential diaries without the proper accountability, then I suggest you add such reprehensible action to your daily tirades.

Kevin Taylor, here is my brief annotation to the numerous corruption scandals in the erstwhile Mahama administration:

Mr Taylor, it beggars belief that despite the wanton corruption, the arrogance of power and the crass incompetence exhibited by the erstwhile NDC administration which resulted in massive economic meltdown, you would still have the moral authority to clamour for the return of Mahama. Kevin Taylor, why not Madam Akua Donkor

Mr Taylor, it is absolutely true that the opposition is obliged to put the incumbent government on its toes. But Kevin Taylor, does the opposition NDC have to grumble and criticise for criticising sake?

Given the bizarre circumstances, Kevin Taylor, some of us cannot help but to giggle over you and your minions renewed zeal to expose and prevent perceived incompetence and corruption in the NPP administration.

Mr Taylor, it is, indeed, quite ironic that you are gleefully accusing the Akufo-Addo’s government of perpetrating wanton corruption. How pathetic?

Kevin Taylor, let us be honest, if you and your cohorts were that good at detecting and preventing sleazes and corruption, why did you go to sleep over the scandalous corruption cases involving the infamous Bus Branding, NCA, SSNIT, Brazil World Cup, Mahama’s Ford Expedition vehicle, GYEEDA, AZONTABA, SADA, SUBAH, the purported $300million debt incurred on the faded STS housing deal, the dubious Embraer 190 Aircrafts and hanger for the Ghana Armed Forces and over a US$100 million oil revenue loss between 2011 and 2013 as reported by the Public Interest& Accountability Committee?

Indeed, Mr Taylor, a large portion of the country’s resources went down the drain due to unpardonable mismanagement and the wanton sleazes and corruptions perpetrated by the officials of the erstwhile Mahama administration.

Kevin Taylor, I suggest you speak about the allegations that the erstwhile NDC government managed to pay dubious judgement debt amount purported to be around GH800 million. How bizarre, Koku?

Mr Taylor, apparently the Progressive Nationalist Forum (PNF) estimates that monies lost to corrupt and dubious transactions under the presidency of John Dramani Mahama amounted to GHC5billion.

However, the total of my calculations in respect of all the recorded corrupt and dubious transactions exceeds that of the PNF; I recorded GH7 billion.

Well, Kevin Taylor, it would appear that you are trying your level best to convince your supporters of the non-existent bribery and corruption in the NPP administration.

Kevin Taylor, isn’t it somewhat ironic that you and your cohorts have soon found your voices and squalling and scolding at the roof top about alleged sleazes and corruption in the NPP government?

In any case, Mr Taylor, that is the beauty of democracy. You and your minions are within your democratic rights to whine and speak your piece and criticise the NPP administration as you see fit.

But all said and done, Kevin Taylor, you ought to exercise a great deal of circumspection and consider criticising constructively.

Mr Taylor, as you would agree with me, the list of corruption scandals is not exhaustive, but due to space and time constraints, I will end here until next time.

Mr Taylor, some of us, as a matter of principle, cannot end our arousing disgust anyhow and anytime soon over the erstwhile NDC government’s inborn predilection, the irreversible incompetence and the corrupt practices which nonetheless destabilised Ghana’s macroeconomic indicators.

K. Badu, UK.

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Kwaku Badu
Kwaku Badu, © 2019

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