Classes of citizens

Dear Editor

We all are victims of the situation but some are more victims than others. We preach virtue and practise vice.

Bob Marley in his quest to liberate Africans from mental imprisonment through music said, “The war rages on till there is no longer a first class and second class citizen of any nation.” We applauded him supposing he was simply talking of the colours of skins. What do we have in our own backyard? Worse than what he meant.

When I listen to radio, watch television and occasionally read newspapers, I get very sick by this very phrase “ordinary Ghanaians.” The people we have given our mandate to serve our interest have become extraordinary Ghanaians and we have become ordinary Ghanaians. I do not get it.

I personally do not see anything good in the African democracy. Because the type of democracy I have read about way back in my secondary days, which is still in practice in Europe and America, is not at all what is practised here in Africa and Ghana for that matter. If it is okay to mimic the Europeans or the Americans, do it wholly and not partly.

Day in and out we hear of substantial percentages of voluntary pay cuts by politicians elsewhere in the world to leverage the living standards of their citizens but never in Africa. Why not African politicians?

Instead of them resigning after failing us, they would rather ask for extension and renewal of their mandates.

My concern really is; what makes an ordinary citizen of a country and another, an extraordinary citizen of the same country?

Is it that the ordinary citizens have just a head, a pair of arms, a pair of legs, a nose and the extraordinary citizens have double of each of the features listed above? I suppose not so.

Sometimes, I am tempted to think that it is irrelevant to vote knowing that change is nowhere near the next century. Party A is as bad as party B and party C is something else. Too bad!

Our God-given rights have been taken away from us and converted into special privileges. If you do not side with them, you get no privilege.

One has to belong to a party before one can get portable water to drink. Think of the other basic necessities of life: electricity, accessible roads, health facilities, schools, telecommunication, parks and gardens etcetera.

Let me quickly add that some of the above listed life-sustainers are not necessities in Ghana to the best of my knowledge. They are party affiliated privileges.

In conclusion, if the European or American type of democracy is not practised in Ghana, after squandering our hard-earned taxes and calling us names, I bet there is a dooms day looming. I am not a prophet of doom though. If we are afraid of posterity, let us refine our thoughts and deeds!

Daniel Ntefuni Kornab

University of Education,


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