Live from the Woods: NPP, NDC disgracing Ghanaians with ‘more violent party’ talks

I think we are giving too much credit to the so-called revolutionary history of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) than it deserves. It is what it is – a mere political party and not a franchise of Boko Haram.

The past few days witnessed an unsavoury debate in the media over which of the two leading political parties had a more violent past. The conversation was spawned by the kerfuffle that greeted the by-election in Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency last Thursday.

The NDC pulled out of the race after its supporters clashed with some officers of the National Security, leading to the injury of dozens of people. But the debate started minutes after NDC Chairman, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo announced the rather ill-conceived decision to withdraw from the poll, citing security concerns.

And much of the talks that followed was about how the NDC was going to prepare to match the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) “boot for boot” in 2020.

For some senior members of the NDC, including former president John Mahama the social democratic party that he led could be more violent than its counterpart because of its so-called revolutionary past.

“I am sounding a warning to the NPP [that] we are going to match them boot for boot. We respect the constitution of this country and the NDC is a democratic party and that is why we abide by the rules of the constitution,” he said.

The deputy NDC General Secretary, Peter Otokunor also said the “NDC can fight better than the NPP and they are aware of this fact…but…[they] should know that we shall prepare well for them…[because] self-defense is permitted even in the Bible.”

But the reaction of the NPP was to blame the NDC for the bloody clashes during the by-election and sought to justify the action of the security agencies.

I have said and it bears repeating that president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been very weak in the area of security than any of his predecessors. His victory in 2016 ushered in a string of violence across the country, and his exit could trigger the same dose or more of it if he is not arouse from his sleep.

The president’s greatest strength lies in his great speeches and his chief weakness is inaction. He has been very pathetic when it comes to fulfilling his promises. Like the other violent activities carried out by NPP vigilante groups in 2016 and 2017, Akufo-Addo has promised not to spare the perpetrators of the Ayawaso West Wuogon violence. But this will be yet another speech that won’t be fulfilled.

Talk, talk, talk and more talk but no action. This aptly sums up the leadership of Akufo-Addo over the last two years.

But I am ashamed as a Ghanaian that rather than discussing the static nature of our development, the non-availability of hospital beds in our hospitals, the rising unemployment rate and the general hardship in the country, our politicians had time to talk about which of the two leading political parties, was more violent than the other.

It was the lowest moment in the history of Ghana and a reminder that perhaps Ghanaians have been overly praised for the Ghana of 1957 and 1960s, which the current generation has done nothing to better.

At this moment in the life of Ghana, we need progressives and thinkers and not people who are mediocre in thoughts.

The youth need to rise up and insulate the country from these no-good politicians who are fanning war ahead of the 2020 general elections. Ghanaians deserve better.

About the Author

Kwabena Brakopowers is a journalist, novelist, and essayist whose works focus on politics, migration, social situation, economic and environmental issues. He spends his time writing either in Accra or Monrovia, where he calls his second home. He could be reached or to read about him.

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