Friday, 1 July 2016

How A Creative Approach Can Help The Minority In Ghana's Parliament Get The EU To Probe Djibril Kanazoe's €24 Million Road Contract In Ghana

On Republic Day, one cannot help but ponder over the refusal of the Majority in Parliament, to allow the circumstances surrounding the gift of a luxury Ford Expedition SUV  from the Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe, to President Mahama, to be probed by Parliament.

If such an enquiry by Parliament will clear the air and establish the full facts of the matter, and confirm whether or not Kanazoe's gift was a bribe or not, why refuse to allow a probe by Parliament?

If the President simply erred in his judgement in accepting that gift from Kanazoe, as opposed to accepting it on the understanding that he would return the favour by helping him to obtain yet more contracts in Ghana, will such a probe not be in the President's own interest?

Would he not humbly accept such a conclusion from a bipartisan Parliamentary probe, and agree that on hindsight he erred in accepting the vehicle as a gift from Kanazoe - and take steps to return the luxury Ford Expedition SUV  to the Burkinabe contractor as soon as practicable?

Does that not in effect mean that President Mahama has absolutely nothing to lose by such an enquiry by Parliament -  and everything to gain from it: unless of course he has something to hide, that is?

Why do some of the members of our nation's ruling elites sometimes give one the impression that they have completely lost their powers of imagination? What are they afraid such a bipartisan probe by Parliament will reveal to the world? Hmm, Ghana - asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

In any case, there is such a thing as tyranny of the majority, in democracies. The refusal of the Majority in Parliament to agree to a bipartisan enquiry into the matter,  is one such example.

Since this blog is against all forms of tyranny, our humble advice to the Minority in Parliament, is that they ought to use a creative approach, in order to get to the truth in this murky affair.

Why do they not approach eurosceptic politicians in the European Union (EU), such as the far-right Dutch politician, Geert  Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom  Party, and France's far-right  politician and leader of the National Front Party, Marine Le Pen - both of whose parties want their countries to leave the EU - and tell them about the scandal involving a Burkinabe contractor who executed an EU funded road project in Ghana worth some €24 millions, which has developed potholes within a few weeks of its inauguration by President Mahama?

Because both Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen regard the EU as wasteful of Dutch and French taxpayers' money, they will demand a full probe by the EU to ascertain the full facts in the scandal - and notify right-wing media in Holland and France about it: and ask them to investigate it too.

The Minority in Parliament will find that that simple approach will enable the truth to finally emerge - despite the refusal of the Majority side in Parliament to establish a bipartisan parliamentary probe to enquire into the matter. Simple, really. Good luck to them - and happy Republic Day to them and to all our other Ghanaian readers.


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