A leading member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Benjamin Kunbuor believes recruiting new cadre members of the party would help forestall the party’s core values and philosophy.
He says the youngest cadre of the party on official record is about 46 years, “and we are not producing new ones,” he said and called for the need to adopt new strategies to expand the cadre base of the party.
Dr Kunbour made the call during the Second Revolutionary Lecture Series held in honour of the former President at the National Theatre in Accra on Thursday, May 31, this year.
It was on the theme: “Revolutionary economic trends, Ghana in focus: past, present and future”.
Revolutionary Lecture Series
The Revolutionary Lecture Series is borne out of the experiences and philosophy of the former President Jerry John Rawlings and the revolutionary transition Ghana went through.
The lecture series draws revolutionary ideas and experiences from politics, trade and industry, academia, gender, foreign and the global environment with the hope to create consciousness that will transform and shape the national psyche, attitudes and behaviours.
The lecture series is aimed at producing knowledgeable, modest and truthful leaders in every aspect of national governance.
Touching on corruption in the public life of the country, Dr Kunbour said the country has not made any serious efforts to deal with the menace, which has both social and political effects on the citizenry.
According to him, many politicians complain about corruption not because they have a better way of dealing with the canker than their opponents but that they only want their opponents to stop it so that when they also come to power, they would have some of the national cake to share among themselves.
“I listen to the debate of the political class on corruption. And I must be very frank with you, the debate seems to turn like this: that when people are talking about corruption of another regime, it seems like, oh!, when we come back, will anything be left at all. So, the worry is not about the fact that there is corruption, which has social, political effects, but whether the rate at which corruption is taking place….when we also come to continue, the money would have finished”.
Dr Kunbour many governments have failed to address the issues of corruption but instead have decided to coin new and catchy phrases to describe it.
“If it is corruption, you say it is corruption. But when you start looking for very nice words to describe it, you are unconsciously trying to institutionalize that wrongdoing,” he said.