The “Dirty Hands” in Ghana’s Politics ….. Nation Wreckers at Work Again

Political life involves elected officials who are sometimes descriptive and corrupt. They often lie for the sake of personal advancement and steal for individual gain. Every attempt should therefore be made to ensure against the advancement of this kind of public officials. However, there are morally suspect public officials to whom we extend some degree of acceptance.  Politicians who are expected to act undesirably to break a law or utter a falsehood in order to serve the public interest are those described here. They are aware that they are acting wrongly, and the public may be aware too, but the circumstances demand the kind of action that would be ordinarily condemned.

The difference between this kind of politicians from the morally corrupt type is the individual’s recognition of some moral wrong being committed. A feeling of guilt and remorse attends the other type of politician, while no such feeling found in the latter.  ‘The end justifies the means’ is the best expression to describe the phenomenon of people acting wrongly or badly for the purpose of achieving a greater good. Such is called ‘the dirty hands’ in politics.

There appeared a presidential candidate and his political party in 2008 in Ghana who even tough possesses the capacity to do good things for Ghana, is always involved in making shadowy deals with unsavory types to win political office. The precariousness of rules and weakness of moral and legal codes make this the case. What seems dangerous is not the treat to morality in our body politics, but the acceptance of a type of politics that clearly contradicts the best democratic practices.  This kind of system invites us into a system of calculations whereby we count on all–knowing leaders to decide whether to observe laws and moral precepts.  Political life is highly uncertain.  They are some short–run costs with such a stance. The anticipated end of this attitude in the Ghanaian politics is the result of “moral Machiavellianism” in which any action is find good so long as it results in a beneficial outcome to them (New Patriotic Party and Nana Akuffo Addo)

The uncertainty since the December 2012 elections has had a knock–on effect across the country. Civil society organizations have been going to incredible lengths to avoid making comments that might not go down well with either party, involved in the unnecessary electoral dispute currently on-going in the country’s Supreme Court. Others have raised fears about the impact of the pending case on the economy now and in the future. Off the records they pointed fingers to the needless and unprecedented level of strikes by labour organizations in the country.  A few disgruntled and disappointed opposition members who happened to form the leadership of these labour unions are hidden under the cloche of their positions as leaders and fighting the government of the day. They come out with all kinds of frivolous and mischievous reasons for embarking on an industrial strike. What they hope to achieve is to make the country ungovernable and pave the way for their party to form a new government.  But what they have forgotten is that the majority of Ghanaians is more discerning and can read in-between the lines. This bunch of nation wreckers must be mindful of the biblical quotation ‘God resist the proud but give grace unto the humble’.

This was and still the approach used by their grandfathers and fathers since independence to derail the progress of this nation.

Once upon a time, they always feel that they alone possessed all the wisdom on this earth to be the rulers of the country. Unfortunately, their dream is yet to be realized.

As a student of political science, I would not under any circumstance support any form of dictatorship as was the case in the Nkrumah Regime, but the level of destruction and harassment was totally unacceptable. Even when they succeeded in overthrowing the Nkrumah regime with the hope that it is now their turn to enjoy political power, with Dr Busia et al as their architects,  they failed woefully and were booted out of power in 1972 by general Acheampong and his colleagues.

They went back into the wilderness with the same level of aggression and destructive tendencies. Their strategy was to keep attacking all government policies from all the four corners of the globe, including both locally and internationally. Their behavior at that time prompted Flt Lt Jerry Rawlings to take over the administration of the country and supervise a democratic election which they failed to win.

After Dr Limann was sworn in as president, they reactivated their strategy again by exploiting the loopholes in the 1979 constitution to frustrate all the policies and programs of the PNP government. Once again Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings came into the rescue of the nation on December 31st 1981. Hoping to use that as an opportunity to exploit the political system, most key members including former president John Kufour jumped on board. Upon realizing that Jerry Rawlings was not the type to toy with, they revisited their old ways; sabotaging and destroying every good thing about the government until 2000 when Ghanaians gave John Kufour the opportunity to put their intentions and aspirations to bear. After eight years of that regime, they were once again booted out for gross arrogance, corruption and mismanagement of the economy.

Here they are today, doing everything possible to collapse the John Mahama administration, using the Supreme Court and their cohort who found solace in the name of labour unions leadership. But as they fail in their wicked and diabolic actions, they need to be reminded that they are not doing the nation any good. If they really think they have Ghana at heart, then they must change their attitude since they can never succeed. With the current democratic dispensation, no group of people with such posture as theirs can win political power through free and fair election. Therefore they must learn to change their ways for Ghana to grow and develop peacefully. There is no amount of sabotage and destructive tendencies that can propelled them to political power.

Carlos Dawda Nasanbory

(Political Consultant)


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