I lately tend to combine thoughts I have shared elsewhere and share them on here. In the course of this week, and indeed later part of the one before, corruption seem to have taken on a new cloak altogether and government’s creation of a brand new job for the former National Service boss seems to have irked a few of us, my good self included. Seriously, can a National Service person not do the job they have given to Vincent to do? If he could not be sent back to his NSS job why do we have to necessarily get him a job? That job, like many others, is a political one, and appointees know that they can lose their jobs in much the fast way as they got them.
So I was thinking that, is it that someone gets up each day and says to himself:
“What should we do to annoy Ghanaians some more today?”
Then he paces the length and breadth of his thinking chamber, head tilted at a slight angle towards the heavens, lips pouted, left hand on the waist, feet dragging on his Spanish tiles and slowly a smile breaks at the corner of his crooked mouth and he declares to himself:
“We shall create a post in the Office of the President where the person’s will be to coordinate the rationalization and re-registration of Government vehicles”.
A little voice of wisdom would probably at this time whisper in his little mind:
“But is there no one in the Office of the President who can do this job? That is if we think it is a job to begin with?”
Then he chuckles and says to the small, thinking voice in his mind:
“Do you know how many of our people have not benefited from our power yet? Do you think we have created enough, looted enough and shared enough? The people of Ghana will talk about this for a week and they will forget about this soon after”.
Seriously I think we are not taken serious enough as a people in this country. We condone too much nonsense and it is assumed we love nonsense things too.
So Bagbin joined the ever growing ‘corruption chorus choir’ and as we often do in Ghana, once you start to speak ill of anything political, those whom your comments are directed draw daggers and slaughter you into pieces. They don’t care who you are. Ask Chairman Rawlings.
But see, Bagbin and Kofi Amoabeng and Emile Short and Nana Nketsiah and myself and the rest of us cannot all be so wrong at the same time. Something is certainly wrong or not going well with the governance of this country.
No amount of castigating and defensive postering by the myriad of people on government pay roll can blind all of us at the same time and for so long. For the bigger interest of the state, and the interest of his tenure as President, I genuinely hope JM helps in correcting things. It’s not merely a perception of corruption, or an assumption of a struggling economy, it is a mixture of all these plus a lot of anger at lots of things.
I hope the President goes beyond listening to the hypocritical showers of praise being whispered into his ear and take in the real feeling of the Ghanaian, including those of his party. He is our President and we need to support him to succeed but he needs to let us believe he is directing us to that successful era.
In the light of all of these though JM speaks, and my dear friend and a lover of Ghana Jojo Quansah pictures a conversation with JM.
Recently, a few of my comrades have questioned my ability to fight corruption. I daresay they don’t know me well.
Of course, not everyone grew up in the same neighbourhood with you or played “sakora” park football with you. So they all cannot possibly “know” you well. As President of Ghana, we can only judge you on the actions you take, and that is where you have appeared ineffective. How long since the final GYEEDA report came out?
For those who disagree with me and are anxious to see my back, not to worry, 2016 is not too far away.
Dude (a term of endearment for “youthful” people like you), why do you sound like you live from one election to another? What happens in between? This is 2013. We have problems. You are already talking about 2016 when there are clear and present dangers. The ordinary Ghanaian (whoever he is these days) is not anxious to see your back. Instead, the ordinary Ghanaian is anxious to see the backs of rising utility tariffs, taxation with no improvement in public services, striking essential service providers, Subah, GYEEDA, SADA, etc. We don’t want to see your back now. Stay and fix the mess! It is this type of mindset that encourages your subordinates to maintain a short-term election-to-election mentality. So they spend their entire post-election efforts on policies and strategies just to win the next election!
I will urge them to be patient. In this difficult job the least one expects is comradeship and solidarity. Leadership is a very difficult task and a lonely one and it will not only stress you, it will require all your talent and skill.ME: Well, don’t you also think you had a fine opportunity to build a crack team who can take the “loneliness” and “stress” off you, and you blew it? Leadership is difficult when all the parts are not gelling together. It also becomes difficult when you keep asking the governed to keep giving and supporting, in return for no improvement in the affairs of the republic. You have made this lonely and stressful for yourself. No one did.