There are many who believe that Ghana's younger generation hold the key to securing victory for candidates in the upcoming December presidential and parliamentary elections.
Idealism and youth often go together. For that reason, in the days,
weeks and months following the burial of President Mills, to enable it
win the youth vote, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) ought to put
aside the cynicism of the older generation, in any post-Mills
election strategy it adopts, going forward.
There is no doubt that high-level corruption is destructive. It sets our
country back and is an insidious cancer - slowly eating away at, and
killing, the vitality of our people at all levels of Ghanaian
There is not a single young Ghanaian who does not want his or her
country to become an efficient and prosperous society - in which
those who hard work and are honest, can always succeed.
Corruption - accompanied by its handmaidens of nepotism and tribalism -
saps the creative energy of our nation and prevents it moving forward.
That is why there must be the political will to deal with it in the most
ruthless of fashions. In that regard, former President Rawlings was
right in saying that punishing the crooks in the NDC by prosecuting and
jailing them, ought to be the priority in the fight against high-level
corruption in Ghana.
It is only after that has been done that going after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) crooks who repeatedly
gang-raped Mother Ghana during the tenure of the Kufuor regime, can then
be taken up in earnest.
Such an even-handed approach to ridding Ghana of corrupt politicians and
public servants, will find approval amongst younger generation
The NDC must understand clearly that it will put itself on the path to
winning the upcoming December elections, only if it reinvents itself
as the political party most determined to rid Ghana of high-level
President Mahama can take the important first step to that goal, by
publicly publishing his assets, as well as those of his dear wife. He can then go on to find a suitable ambassadorial position for Mr. Martey Newman - and replace him with a new chief of staff and minister for presidential affairs.
A consensus politician who believes that the job of politicians is to
work together across party lines to protect the national interest -
such as the Hon. Alban Bagbin - would be ideal for that position.
And a return to the cabinet, as Attorney General and Minister for
Justice, by Martin Amidu - after a reshuffle - will send a clear signal to the nation that
the fight against high-level corruption, is back on track
That selfsame reshuffle ought to be an opportunity for the president to also weed out all the disrespectful Mills appointees, who have gained notoriety for insulting their opponents publicly.
Examples that come readily to mind are: Kobby Acheampong; Nii Lantey Vanderpuije; and Hanna Bissiw. Their departure will show that we now have a leader who will not hesitate to discipline government appointees who become purveyors of abusive language in the public domain.
Having unexpectedly reached the pinnacle in Ghanaian politics,
President Mahama would also be wise to choose to make the ultimate personal
sacrifice for the sake of Mother Ghana - by immediately declaring,
after the burial of President Mills, that he will not be a candidate
in the upcoming presidential election.
That will give him a free hand to deal with high-level crooks in his party ruthlessly - and make it possible for him to concentrate on working together
with Martin Amidu and other like-minded politicians (from across the
spectrum), to do what has to be done to put the whole machinery of
state on a war-footing to deal with high-level corruption.
Progressives in Ghana now have an opportunity to take steps to protect the resources of our nation from sundry white-collar criminals.
President Mahama would be wise to choose to leave a legacy as the
president who brought back Martin Amidu to start a cross-party
house-cleaning process designed to rid Ghana of high-level
corruption. A word to the wise...
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