Partisanship destroying nation — Josephine Nkrumah

Ms Josephine Nkrumah

Ms Josephine Nkrumah

The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, has warned that the polarised political atmosphere is destroying the nation.

“We have become so polarised as a nation and that is destroying us, I think the polarisation makes it difficult for us to see anything other than partisanship which even makes it difficult for leaders to realise their respective visions.

“Our leaders and the citizenry have to work hand in hand to spur development and the leaders must identify a vision that resonates with the citizenry,” Ms Nkrumah stressed.

Interrogating whether Ghana’s failings stemmed from leaders or the citizenry, she observed that “the polarisation of the nation keeps the country from buying into the visions of leaders, if you have a vision that does not resonate with the people, it doesn’t matter how laudable the vision, if the people don’t buy into, whatever you do amounts to failure,” Ms Nkrumah observed.

She noted that the citizenry needed to rise above partisan considerations when assessing right and wrong and also referenced criticism her outfit received from the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asiedu Nketia, condemning his endorsement of a newly formed vigilante groups of the party.

“Vigilantism or political violence is wrong irrespective of who is committing it but you have people, right-thinking individuals, who will say why is the commission talking about it? When NDC did it, you didn’t complain and when NPP did it you didn’t complain,” Ms. Nkrumah lamented.

Mr. Nketia in a September statement responding to the commission’s misgiving questioned why it had not criticised the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for indulging in vigilante groups aligned to it.

“So where was the NCCE in 2015, when the then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo recruited and brought in mercenaries to train and establish the para-military wings of the New Patriotic Party, we didn’t hear the NCCE when the South African mercenaries were arrested and deported,” he said. –


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