Yorbing Staff, Saturday February 2, 2019
A Ghanaian Member of Parliament argues that a clause in a constitution is subjected to changes at any time. Ghana Parliament have 93 entrenched Constitutional amendments pending but no one want to touch it. It has become a battle ground in the parliamentary by elections. The member (name withheld) said that Ghanaian citizens should not be forced to participate in by election. The pending laws that needed amendment has caused political in-fightings and prevented smooth transitions of power.
There are many reasons why people vote, economic, political stability, resource management. Yet according to the NDC the Akufo Addo has appointed his relatives, including his brother to key positions, for example, the strategically important Finance Ministry.
Some NDC members complain that when NPP politicians get the required votes, they sideline their obligations to their constituents and the two main parties, NPP and NDC, play party politics. Akufo Addo is turgidly partisan and nepotistic and does the bidding of the party’s interests instead of genuine leadership. Akufo Addo’s administration tries to maintain a modicum of decency by leaving core issues unaddressed. For example, the appointment of the Ghana police head, Inspector-General of Police becomes a political hotspot where both parties jostle to appoint their stooges into power. Therefore the IGP position becomes a contested position for both parties to clash over. It is suggested that the IGP appointment should be based on a recommendation of a police Commission, to a person where loyalty never come under scrutiny.
Another issue is security. Ghana struggles with terrorism within the muslim north community where tribal infighting threatens regional peace. Recent broad daylight shooting at Madina, a muslim community, hides this threat. Another spate of kidnappings at Takoradi brought the country to a stand still. January 31, 2019 brought on a dramatic shooting incident that alarmed the country. The nebulous Ghana Police force disguised themselves as anti-terrorist forces and went up to a voting station at Ayawaso to beat up NDC party members, all caught on tape. The police were photographed beating up a member of parliament, Sam George, and shooting some few members during the by-election at Ayawaso,
Human Rights groups condemned the action of the police and recommended that, one: the rule of law must have equal representation. Ghanaian leaders call the political in-fighting as vigilantism. Vigilantism involves two or more political parties fighting for control. Vigilantism comes about when a country has experienced a revolution. For example Bolivarianism, socialism which Rawlings, Mugabe and south African Julius Malema aspired to. The opposing parties take credit for each successful development projects to stay in power and their vigilantism is tinged with lawlessness, violence (NPP and NDC opponents slapping, beatings, shooting and screaming curses at each other on air), and in retributive justice – fueled by partisanship and vengeance. Below is by election day at Accra Ayawaso constituent where NPP supporters (now in government) in police uniforms beat up NDC members. The NPP candidate ended up winning the Ayawaso seat after a tense poll.
Akufo Addo plays the perfect divisive politics, rallying for the NPP candidate, Lydia Alhassan, a recent widowed wife of the previous NPP member of Parliament at Ayawaso Emmanuel Agyarko.
Lydia Alhassan seem to tap into a new trend of NPP wins and alarms the NDC party. The Akufo Addo’s government mirrors Trump and if he doesn’t obey the rule of law then he must leave. If he dispenses on the rule of law, his cronies must abandon him. The rule of law is more important than him. For example US had a civil war and wanted a new country apart from slavery but the south did not want to give it up. The south wanted to split up the United States. Most of the people did not benefit from slavery except the rich. The whites were fooled into fighting for the minority. Its motivated them in hatred to fight a war.
FARC in Colombia is also a case in point. So is Maduro in Venezuela. Unless the people of Ghana, journalists name and shame and put down the rule of law, it will be decades of misrule. MPs have to be able to have a branch of government to step in and investigate and prosecute any wrong doing. Like Mueller’s investigation of Trump.
Many people in Ghana believe they can use violence to solve problems but how many believe in the rule of law? The police comes to beat up people is not vigilantism per say. Its not only leadership problems, the police is always poorly trained and the standard of behavior is way too low. Ghana police gets involved in petty corruption. You can’t have both. Ghana cannot have unprofessional police force that doesn’t have a fixed code of conduct. Because for the police to do what they did, they involved themselves in criminal behavior. They are paid low wages and they tend to get nasty irresponsible people.
On building strong institutions: The US Department of Justice and the head, the Attorney General of the United State, though the President can replace them if they aren’t doing the jobs right, can be an institution that investigate if there’s obstruction of justice. The special prosecutor investigates Trump. Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General recuse himself because he was a racist and a political crony. The appearance of justice being done has to be good too. The FBI is the investigative branch of justice. Use it to combat nasty leaders.