Live from the Woods: Did Ofosu-Ampofo say anything new in leaked audio? Hypocrites!

If Ghana was to be plunged into conflict, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are not to blame. It is the hypocrites among us – the so-called experts, leaders of think-tanks and religious organisations – who should be held responsible.

These people become experts when they are commenting on the policies or actions of their political opponents. But they would be unable to find their voices when the political parties they sympathise with become the subject of discussion. Hypocrites!

I remember when the country’s cedi was struggling against the major currencies of the world under the then president John Mahama. He received intense backlash from these so-called experts. But today, the cedi is on a free fall and those overnight experts have locked themselves up in their air-conditioned offices only to observe the unsuccessful attempts to rescue the currency. Hypocrites!

Blind loyalty to one’s political party will continue to rob us of the opportunity to hold an honest conversation and ask the right questions, which are essential to our forward march. The truth will always stand and while this very component is sacred in some other countries, the situation in Ghana is different. The truth will continue to divide opinion in this country.

NDC Chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has been in the news the past two weeks for the wrong reason. He has taken the flak over leaked audio in which he was heard inciting his party supporters against some personalities in the country. He also encouraged certain acts against some people in a bid to win the 2020 general election. But due to political inconvenience, he has denied the content of the audio and claimed it has been doctored by his political opponents, which is the usual reaction of irresponsible politicians.

I have heard from some quarters that Mr Ofosu-Ampofo is a God-fearing man, which is good but it is not enough justification for his irresponsible comment. It is important to point out that by his action, he has demonstrated that he is not the God-fearing man he has been portrayed.

The audio has not been doctored. Else why would ex-president John Mahama justify portions of the comments in the audio alleged to have been doctored? This issue about leaked audio having been doctored is a weak defense that continually exposes our politicians as dummies.

I want to repeat that I don’t believe the audio has been doctored and it is based on this position that I will proceed. Mr Ofosu-Ampofo has been labelled so many names within the spate of one-week by persons who believe they would have done a better job if they had had that opportunity.

The NPP has called for his resignation, which I see as a hypocritical stance to hold by a political party that is part of Ghana’s problems. But Mr Ofosu-Ampofo deserves all the things he is going through all the more because as the motto of Legon Hall in the University of Ghana goes “to whom much is given much is expected.” We expect much from Mr Ofosu-Ampofo, the so-called God-fearing man, but as usual of him, he fell short.

The real conversation we need to be holding is: Does the content of the audio strike any Ghanaian as something new in this country? You may want to add this question: Is the NPP, which is holding itself as more catholic than the Pope, innocent?

Well, I have listened to the audio and read a transcript of it and I am convinced Ofosu-Ampofo did not say anything new that our untruthful politicians will tell us are not already happening. The NDC chairman only voiced what Ghanaians know or should know. The undeniable truth is that the NPP and NDC are the major problems we have around us and any other problem in the country came from them. I don’t know the number of times Ghanaians would want to be told that the nation cannot develop under these two political parties.

It is pure madness to leave your properties and resources in the care of a known thief and hoping he would be around to give you a proper account? That is what it has been like for the past two and a half decades and we are not any better than those with despotic leaders on the continent.

NPP and NDC are twins in different colours

The NPP in 2016 brought in some mercenaries and nation-wreckers from South Africa to train its supporters ahead of the general election. When the party’s security coordinator, Captain Edmund Koda was arrested by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), the party justified its training of its men in the handling of ammunition. And even after the South Africans were deported, the intransigent party went ahead to train its supporters openly.

Little wonder that after the NPP was declared the winner of the poll, its armed men were unleashed on the nation, leading to a string of violent attacks.

The worse was when Ghanaians realised the president they had voted for could not stamp his authority in his own party. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s see-no-evil and hear-no-evil attitude over the years has also fuelled activities of these hoodlums and encouraged the Invincible and Delta Forces to attack judges and even their party members.

Was the NDC chairman advocating something different that is not known in this country? Was he not speaking the language of the NPP when it was in opposition? Hypocrites, hypocrites and hypocrites.

The NDC needs to protect the men and women it dispatches to ensure the sanctity of any election. And I think the time has come for all Ghanaians to protect themselves against the forces of evil – NPP and NDC.

If there is anything in the leaked audio that we need to be wary of, it is the government-sanctioned plan put in place to employ and arm the thugs who were sent to monitor the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election in the name of NPP-affiliated political party called National Security.

But Ofosu-Ampofo showed some care in the leaked audio. He expressed worry about the safety of Ghanaians and the nation, which the government is yet to do due to the general insecurity. “The security and future survival of our country is at stake,” a transcript of one of the audios read.

It is important to put on record that my position on the leaked audio does not amount to an endorsement of the content. But I think if we are ready to engage in an honest conversation, the first person to hold responsible for the insecurity in Ghana is Akufo-Addo. His government’s handling of the country’s security has not been encouraging and the reckless interference in the activities of the police is not helping the situation.

I think the time has come to demand some major changes in the governance of this country. We need to find a way of limiting the intrusion of politics in the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The police can only do what we have mandated them to do if they are weaned off political interference.

We know this sacred truth and as we prepare to mark our nation’s 62nd Independence Anniversary, let us demand this change from our government and lawmakers and ensure that it is done. I refuse to be a spectator for the sake of my safety, that of my family, Ghana and the world.

Ofosu-Ampofo deserves the attention and shame he is enjoying today, which is what all irresponsible people should be taken through. Ghana needs men of conscience.


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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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