Every time there has been a military coup against a democratically elected regime in West Africa, I have written a piece asking the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to demand that the coup makers - in Guinea and Mali, for example - are forced to hand power back to the civilians they overthrew swiftly.
I have done so, because I believe that constitutional democracy is
the best system of government, for all the nations in present-day
Africa - so Kofi Thompson is not about to call for a military coup in
his native Ghana, under any circumstances, any time soon.
I thank the following: 'Cantankerous', who posted the comment with the title "DAFT. DAFT.
DAFT" (2012-06-16 01:22:43); 'Tommy', who posted (2012-06-16
03:44:40) the comment entitled "FOOLISH IDEA. ARMY BEST IN BARRACKS"
and 'Bumbebo', whose comment (posted from London 2012-06-16
09:14:15) was entitled "GAF not Needed".
They all took the trouble to post comments on www.ghanaweb.com,
after reading my article entitled, "December Polls: If Need Be The
Ghana Armed Forces Must Act Swiftly To Save Ghana From The Consequences
Of Electoral Violence".
I am grateful to all of them for sharing their opinions when commenting on the aforementioned article of mine.
I suggest, however, that they re-read the article again. I was neither
calling for a military coup nor asking the military to mutiny. 'Far
from that. Actually, in effect, I was hoping that the military has
prepared plans to step in to prevent a breakdown of law and order - not
take over the country (God forbid!).
The operative word in the article is ''contingency" - perhaps they would want to look it up?
Yes, in our democracy the army operates under civil power. And one
hopes that the present Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces
(GAF), will rise to the occasion, were there to be a break down in law
and order as a result of widespread violence over election results.
However, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is said that coming
events cast their shadows. The posture of the hardliners in the
biggest two political parties in Ghana, the ruling National Democratic
Congress (NDC), and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), does not
For that reason, for the safety of the Republic, and to protect
Ghanaian democracy - from the machinations of the greedy and ruthless
plutocrats in our midst who masquerade as democrats, but in reality
don't actually believe in democracy - one hopes the Ghana Armed Forces
is prepared for any contingency that will warrant their having to
intervene swiftly and deal ruthlessly with those who resort to
Ghana's political parties and the politicians who lead them, must
understand clearly that they will not be allowed to get away scot free,
if their actions or inaction result in a total breakdown of law and
order on polling day or its immediate aftermath.
There will be consequences for them personally. No "Big Men" in the
Ghana of today, must think they can mess our country up and get away
with it. Those days are gone for good. Period.
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