Politicians criticised for focusing on winning arguments

Mr Avle

Mr Avle

2017 Journalist of the Year, Bernard Avle, has criticised politicians for focusing more on winning arguments in order to gain political leverage than addressing the challenges faced by the citizenry.

“Our political discourse is focused on winning the argument and the election than in solving challenges that we truly face,” he stressed.

Delivering a lecture on the theme: ‘Rethinking the Conversation’ Mr Avle noted that “political discourse has devolved from conversations about how to improve the lives of the citizenry, to discrediting opponents in order to score political points.

“Politicians are more interested in who wins the argument to gain political advantage, than in what needs to be done in the long-term interest of the country. While the citizenry continue to struggle with a myriad of challenges, their representatives in the legislature ignore them in deliberations and instead, focus on comparing records.

“When was the last time the argument was about how many of our children are being defiled in our communities, or how many of our women are dying in childbirth or about the lack of jobs for our young people or the thousands of homeless people?”

“When was the last time you heard them argue about the increasing ‘kioskification’ and ‘containerization’ of residences and how the system is not working for the ordinary citizen who has to grapple with poor transportation, poor sanitation and increasing armed robbery?

“Even when the issues pop up in parliament, they are discussed from limited purview of legislators without recourse to real suffering of the masses, there should be collective shift in the psyche of Ghanaians with greater attention given to how to create a better environment for the citizenry to thrive.

“There is the need to shift from electoral politics to developmental politics, the media to play a central role in the transition by reinventing programming and news coverage to reflect developmental imperatives of our time to transit from political agenda setting to national agenda framing.

“Our national conversation must take us back to a candid look at the constitution as it is and boldly embrace changes proposed in the now abandoned constitution review process,” Mr Avle noted. –citinewsroom.com

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