Vice President John Dramani Mahama says political parties must move beyond just struggling for power, a situation which he says often leads to intense pettiness.
Mr. Mahama told a delegation from the Interim Steering Committee of the ECOWAS Forum for political parties, that the thirst for power by parties in Ghana and other African countries threatens stability and impedes the continent’s growth.
“Unfortunately in most of our counties, the level of political discourse is very petty and I think that we can raise that to a much better level. There is too much petty partisanship and we often have a winner takes all mentality and I think that is not helping our countries to make the kind of progress that we want”. “Once a political party takes power, everybody else who has the slightest smell of the party that has lost power, must be persecuted and victimized and thrown out of work” the Vice President lamented.
The ECOWAS delegation is in Ghana as part of efforts to help strengthen multi-party democracy in Africa.