The story of the arrest of Yorgen Fenech, Malta’s wealthiest citizen, who has been charged with complicity in the murder of Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, in 2017, will resonate with many media professionals in Ghana.
Truth be told, we face similar risks. Unquestionably. That is why that story ought to be of interest to every serious-minded and patriotic Ghanaian media professional. It will be recalled that the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, visited Ghana not too long ago.
At the heart of the harrowing story of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, is the arrogance of power, which makes those who exploit state-capture as a tool for increasing their net worth, and sending it to stratospheric heights (at the expense of ordinary people and their nation), delude themselves into thinking that although their nation is a constitutional democracy, in effect, for them, it is an oligarchy in all but name controlled by them, and existing for the benefit of a powerful few - and are therefore prepared to even go as far as murdering those who try to expose them: to enable them continue holding on to their power and influence in society. Sounds familiar, dear Ghanaian media professional?
Most Ghanaians want a strong-willed leader who is incorruptible and believes in the rule of law. Being a freedom loving and aspirational people, Ghanaians also understand clearly that the private sector ought to be empowered, to lead the transformation of their nation into a prosperous society. Many Ghanaians see that leader in President Akufo-Addo.
However, most Ghanaians also need to understand that to avoid the dangers of polarisation, which could destabilise their system and tip their beloved country over the precipice, Ghana's only hope is the formation of a government of national unity led by President Akufo-Addo - if harnessing the undoubted talent of the Ghanaian people, for the transformation of their nation into a prosperous and all-inclusive society, is to be made possible.
The question is: Who would have thought (listening to the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) leading lights, during the campaign for the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections), that if elected as President, it would ever be possible that some of the appointees in an Akufo-Addo administration, would turn out to be individuals who today stand accused of alleged corruption (such as insider-dealing-for-personal-benefit)?
The reality of Ghana's situation, is that the need for copious amounts of cash to fund their operations, has more or less turned our nation's two biggest political parties, the ruling NPP, and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), into criminal organisations that serve as conduits for money laundering, and are beholden to the wealthiest and most crooked Ghanaian oligarchs.
As regards the fight aganst high-level corruption, nothing will change, if Ghanaians don't end the hold on their country, by the NPP/NDC duopoly - by coming together in a coalition-of-the-willing, to support President Akufo-Addo to campaign for a government of national unity: which will utilise the varied gifts of the most talented Ghanaians, and work hard together to transform Ghanaian society, into a prosperous one, after the November presidential and parliamentary elections.
The more responsible sections of the Ghanaian media ought to lead that campaign, for it is the Ghanaian media that is most at risk from the ruthless oligarchs, who control the NPP/NDC duopoly from the shadows. Hmmmm. Yoooooo. Eeii, Oman Ghana, eyeasem ooooo - asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa. Massa, just my humble two pesewas, oooo. And, I am only an ignorant old fogey, ooo. Yoooooo...
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