When you have the opportunity to be in government, how are you going to handle it? More often than not, we see our appointees lording over the people rather than serving them. They are almost always inaccessible to the people they govern and in so doing, undermine the very trust reposed in them by the same people.
In a four-year electoral cycle, political parties in the country have a little over two years to showcase why they exist, in the first place to compete in general elections and help in the good governance process.
Over the past few weeks or so, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken and implemented very critical, tough and delicate governance decisions; the latest being the dismissal of the three commissioners of the Electoral Commission (EC).
The much-anticipated corruption expose by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, to shame top politicians and administrators in the country’s football fraternity is set to be premiered in Accra tomorrow. This has put the nation on hold and divided as the populace wait with bated breath of the outcome of the screening of the full documentary.
Last week was an exciting moment for Ghana. The world’s attention was on the country as it hosted the World Press Freedom Day. The same week (May 1) marked International Workers Day, also known as ‘Labour Day’ or ‘Workers Day’.
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana, originally written and composed by Philip Gbeho and adopted in 1957 when the country gained independence from the British, is the national anthem of Ghana. Make no mistake, like many other Ghanaians, I cherish my national anthem as a great song.
Freedom of speech is allowed in any democratic state and Ghana is no exception. As a critical pillar in the democratic process, free speech cannot be trampled upon or undermined and must be given unfettered access to blossom. However, in the recent past, the political space is choked with loose talk, all in the name of free speech. While it is good that repressive silence has given way to expressive voice in the country, it is equally disturbing that we now find ourselves living in a country where respectable and honourable citizens make inciting comments all in the name of freedom of speech.
Last week was intriguing. Two incidents happened in the country which saw a group walk from Atiwa in the Eastern Region to the seat of government in Accra and another to Parliament House, both demanding their right to be heard on matters affecting the national interest.
The Civic Realities column took a short break during the Christmas and New Year holidays. During the period of absence, many things have happened within and outside the governance process. Some were interesting, dramatic, sad and tragic.
After the international news channel, CNN, uncovered the disturbing human trade in Libya recently, I have read reports and seen heart-wrenching and dehumanising images of slave markets and the sheer abuse of Black African migrants being tortured to death in that country on the social media is most distasteful.
Watching footages in which some stranded Black Africans who had hopes of embarking on journeys to Europe through the Mediterranean were being sold off at 400 dollars per person, I got scared and disturbed.