Quote: "Mr. Lamptey in an earlier interview defended his continued stay in the residence despite public criticisms and promised to vacate “if I am done with what I am doing.”" End of Joy FM quotation.
My reaction: I wonder just what the most irreverent of Ghana's many cynics will say about this gem! Would they be right, for example, if they expressed their sense of outrage at this rather shocking revelation - by saying that Jake is a perfect example of the classic African politician : in politics to feather his own nest, whiles busy going through the ever-tedious motions of nation-building, in tandem with taking his personal net worth into the stratosphere, by stealth?
Would they, dear reader, also be right in saying that that genius, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, knew exactly what he was doing when he made that statement - engaging in a little influence-peddling; ditto being a dissimulator par excellence; pulling wool over the eyes of the gullible people he and his crowd have fooled so successfully for eight long and painful years : and all that, as he quietly went about the rather clever business of fast-tracking his application to the Chief Registrar of Lands, Mrs. Rebecca Sittie, for a land title certificate, to seal his purchase of that plum state property, perhaps?
What else have the cleverest members of this confounded regime, which contains some of the greediest and most dishonest politicians that Ghanaians have ever had the misfortune of voluntarily electing into office, sold to themselves - as they asset-strip Ghana, in the name of their warped neo-liberal ideology championed by Dick Cheney and Co.: and now largely discredited as similar greed elsewhere has more or less destroyed the world’s financial system?
In the light of such shenanigans, would it not be in our nation’s interest, to turf this incompetent and greedy lot out of power: just to discover the extent of the grand larceny that has gone on in the eight years of positive change for the personal circumstances of the too-clever-by-half Kufuor Mafioso gang?
Even if the NPP regime has succeeded in turning Ghana into the most prosperous nation-state on the face of the planet Earth (which they most certainly haven’t – although some of them have certainly succeeded in turning themselves into some of the world’s most prosperous elected politicians, ever!), what have ordinary Ghanaian got to lose : if we throw them out of power, just to send a clear message to all our politicians (across the spectrum!) that no political party voted into office freely by Ghanaians, can take ordinary people in this country for granted, with such impunity, and get away with it successfully for so long, ever again?
After all, what have ordinary people, who are principled, independent-minded and not part of that large moronic army of "My-party-my-tribe-right-or-wrong" myrmidon-types got to lose - since they are not amongst those honey-tongued, smooth operators now busy lining up to be appointed as ambassadors; members of the boards of state-owned entities; given juicy contracts; sold expensive government-owned luxury vehicles for peanuts; offered state-owned companies like Juapong Textiles for zilch on a platinum platter in exchange for hoped-for never-ending orgies with repulsive politicians, a la Nana Frema Busia; made members of the president’s entourage on some of the many useless foreign trips our leaders make in order to pile up per diems at the people’s expense; given a spot in the various consortia arranging those lunatic foreign loans and bond issues, in order to earn huge fees for virtually doing no work at all; etc. etc.?
Hmmm, Ghana - eyeasem oo: enti yeawiaye paa, enia? Asem ebaba debi ankasa! Long live freedom! Long live Ghana!