Resurging Dirty Politics

Kwame-NkrumahDirt is resurging in the politics of this country. It appears to be becoming murky by the thunder and fury in the game of action and reaction it engineers. The apparent upshots are that logic or indeed, common sense, never a part of politics here from the beginning any way, despite its being an absolute needed ingredient, is growing pale into a bad loser.

The result is apparent the country is retreating into tearing itself apart at the seams. An Interpreter’s difficulty arising does not lie in finding causes but in either forgetfulness or simple mischief making which seems tending towards the more politically correct than the other. It calls for nerves to hold. The key to unlock the fundamental misunderstanding to enable the country dust off the dirt falls between the set here:


Pa Willie [William Ofori Atta] often reminded me in several conversations that ‘politics like cricket is a gentleman’s game often played dominated by roughians’. Next, President Kwame Nkrumah once screamed “there is a devil in this country”. Both take me to the history of cut and thrust politics as begun in the Gold Coast [Ghana today after independence]. The gospel of Opposition picked from British colonialism gazumped this country in the aftermath of the break- up of the UGCC, founded and single-handed financed by Pa Grant.

The breach occurred 12 June 1949 when Dr. Nkrumah seceded as compelled by the circumstances inside the UGCC and the country’s. He founded the CPP. The UGCC rump to politic immediately was actually Dr J.B.Danquah and his nephew Pa Willie. Pa Grant, R.S. Blay positively kept their counsel; but Ako Adjei shilly-shallied and J.E.Obetsebi Lamptey was hesitant briefly until Lamptey threw his lot with Danquah to represent the Ga constituency and Adjei re-joined Nkrumah respectively. Intense hatred between the political parties was a misnomer when the lines were drawn.

Political divisiveness of country crept along and it was not ethnic  based necessarily though in later developments it became clearer as the NLM secession dragged the nation into growing the seeds of such intense enmity today because ‘we politically differ in our views’ to the extent that Regions could described as “world banks” of political parties electorally. The potential danger :

”The history of Ghana’s electoral processes shows that, atleast in popular perception, ethnicity matters more than any other variable…the menace of bloody conflicts is also omnipresent in Ghana…

All it takes is for chieftaincy and land disputes to become linked to party political alignments to produce an explosive mixture….The most recent elections proved again that Ghana is virtually a two-party system possibly because of the peculiarities of its British-style electoral system… reinforced by competing Ghanaian political traditions based on ideology and related socio-economic divisions between ‘Nkrumahists’ and ‘Busia-Danquahists’”. [GICA Research Working Paper subtitled:The successful Ghana Election of 2008 a Convenient Myth?( Sept. 2009).

The quotation clearly exposes the nightmare scenario. Moving on, the history of the evolution of the British politicking and Parliamentary style inheritance implanted ‘Government and Opposition’. A misinterpretation in the transplanting led the notion that the Opposition is a deadly enemy. The classic example is the story of Krobo Edusei ‘s “Kofi (Busia) yennfa yensomu” [ ‘there is lot of sense and validity in Busia’s delivery in that debate but the government will take none of it’, winding up for the CPP government].

Politics today has crystallized this into a deity and each party in their terms in office has played the game confirming Pa Willie. At the same time there is a far more pernicious trouble. This is current agony for all the political parties but emanates ethnicity and as it aggravates the muddying within and outside of the political parties to bother the nation. The by-product can generally be a return of the country to the situation when the country showed obvious despair of politics, distrusted politicians and dejected them. The phenomenon emboldened Col. (then) I.K.Acheampong’s “UNIGOV” without politics.

He self-destruct it from humbug tactics to prosecute its acceptance and left no alternative for Lt Gen Fred Akufo’s SMC-II to restore real politik with a kind of grey hope; but was felled and the country trekked on with the experiences of military and civilian constitutional experimentations until 1992 restoration to date. The bug stalking politics, the parties and country is the internal dissent which has been given the habit of a public “SHOW BOAT”.


It may not be bad per se except that there is one element which carries dire forebodings the safety of persons [in the gladiatorials (verbal and some physical intimidation)] and security for peace of the country. This element is INTOLERANCE. What that suggests is that the political parties’ internal machineries hobble or had neither appropriately figured out to anticipate the internal riot or its solution. The Executives of the political parties have an oft-given excuse that the protestors could have let their case be dealt with internally.

This does not seem to square up because it either means the system is weak or non-existent but that the matters arising are considered ad hoc after burst. There is nothing shaming to admit and use the occasion to set up the necessary steps to break through. The problems created for the NPP by Drs Wireko Brobbey and Nyaho Tamakloe are dissimilar to the NDC’s Alban Bagbin’s. My concern in respect of Bagbin’s and Amidu’s, is constitutional. They have been Ministers of State previously. It is the apparent forgetfulness of the collective cabinet responsibility obligation.

The truth remains that neither has reportedly breached cabinet secrecy oath necessarily but I would like to think that whatever the status now the implicits in extenso require some greater circumspection than hitherto. The more worrisome outgrowth of the politics of intolerance is the intimidation of others by comrades.

Primaries at all levels in the political parties have been strewn with complaints about poison telephone calls and rough arm tactics between contestants and their cohorts – becoming sworn enemies. Whereas these cannot be denied and whereas each political party flaunts democratic credentials, they are undermining of the very democracy.

The headline that could perhaps better fit all that into is” LOOK! WHAT THE POLITICIANS ARE DOING TO OUR DEMOCRACY”, I prefer to say the same caveat borrowing Pa Willie and Kwame  “There is a devil in this country” and “politics is a gentleman’s game but its played dominated by roughians”. Both are so disabling and quite awesomely debilitating for development. Moving the nation forward is hamstrung. Politics and politicians are increasingly dressing everything instantly into “Them” and “us”.

The latest fashion is Government bashing. It raises a fundamental question is that all?; or might the remote suspicion be that there is nothing else fresh to unveil and keep party faithful hooked on cheering. For any opposition party the brake between elections offers that golden opportunity to re-think and come afresh, even if in and or with stolen political clothes.

More germane for the country to remember is that the wish is that government shall be seen to govern. But when did the present get the freedom to roll out policies and implement? I shall not leave it as a quiz. Answer: the end of last August. That is the reality.

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