By: Theo Manson

( I write to you on the Third Anniversary of the Demise of former President John Evans Atta ? Mills )

The overall picture of our governance at this point is money, money, and money for those in the conclave of the ruling elite and penny lane for the people whom the political class continues to use as cannon fodders for whatever takes it?s fancy.

John Mahama
John Mahama

However, Ghana can only move forward when the best liberal values of democracy, freedom, equality, openness and pluralism replaces self-delusion. To me that is a fundamental contempt for democratic ethos, which rightly, is failing to control popular sentiments. I?m not quite convinced that you have noticed the increasing agitation and cry of Ghanaians.

I am sure however, that despite your best effort at transformation, you will acknowledge that the situation of our beloved Ghana right now, is not rosy. Given the country?s heritage, you must agree with me that Ghana ought to be doing far better than we are doing at present.

Presumably this explains why the grossly-emaciated people are screaming for justice and a better life as well as an end to the cancer of neglect. The government is having a mountain to climb to keep doubters and cynics, quiet, simply because of years of calculated deceit and incredulity.

Judging by the huge natural resources of our beloved nation and the amount of external aid and loans of the last seven years, side by side with the dividends of transformation on offer and the overall prosperity of the large percentage of those in poverty, it is fair to say that your government could easily be accused of giving false evidence on its impact in the lives of the masses. I?m not here to do that.

Not content with the minstrelsy way you have plied our natural resources for a hatful of Chinese Yuan, English pounds, American dollars and other foreign currencies; your administration appears even ready to let socio-political and ethnic differences, wrench the people apart on the chopping seas of outrageous political and personal smear and satisfaction.

Cloaked in the offensive language of counteracting conspiracy theorists and to settle all sorts of scores, there?s a pattern of surreptitious behaviour which shows no true respect for democracy, decency and the rule of law. It is why, rather than be a new country, we are still stuck on the shores of the past; as is evident on the faces of the majority, whose only prayer is that the demons of their poverty-ridden existence would be truly slain.

In their view, the economic ?success? story you are selling, needs a little more flesh for them to feel the ?world-acclaimed? growth. Some long for the days of old when the power sector was far better than now. Unless we want to continue the dance of deceit, our education sector has been bastardised and the rear of our dilapidated health sector has been exposed. Yet, it is those that cannot make it to foreign lands who bear the brunt of this unfortunate state of our underdevelopment.

Corruption has an unfettered reign simply because of the ?magic toga? with which it has been dressed by the government. As ?pen robbers? get away with a slap on the wrists, amidst fanfare, little fries are made scapegoats by your Anti-Corruption Commission which supports the lunatic position, whereby a searchlight is used to flush out a fox, with a pack of hounds. Your ministers and legislators, even insult our collective intelligence while the judiciary play the last right for justice and truth.

I acknowledge the fact that the vindictive nature of politics in our part of the world, as well as the fear of being called names, or tagged as enemies, have continued to prevent us from telling our leaders the truth even when we know that due to ignorance or over-bearing political considerations, what they are doing or saying, is wrong, totally unacceptable; or definitely doing more damage to the social fabric of our nation.

But, given that in the past year we have been building our nation on a bed of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and its sister organisations, as well as the sweat and labour of benefactors, the hard truth is that the socio-political and economic jackboot is grinding people into the dirt, while your administration insists on its enthralling and amazing ?tales by the moonlight?, will only cause problems for the future and trigger a very serious social discontent.

So with due respect to you as a person and to your office, (sadly the buck stops at your desk) I shall be failing as a citizen if I ignore the increasing disconcerting grimace in our intricate socio-political tapestry, fuelled by the same potent, fatalistic indifference of the past, which brought Ghana to where it is now and shattered its innocence ? leaving us with a legacy with which we are still grappling today.

I must confess that some of the prodigal acts and utterances of your government and sympathetic media is beginning to border on political schizophrenia. Your government has sailed very far away from the policies and actions which echo your party?s past. It has failed to imbibe the valuable lesson of not building legacies with shadow puppets and airbrushing from history, the contortion of hatred that picked away at the strand of our nation and left us, like a stupor after lunch.

The fashionable pretence that the current NDC-led government is squeaky clean is a brutal perversion of the truth and a misguided belief that such a deceit, encouraged by your Excellency, preserves the unity of our country. Apart from the derision it has brought, it is also nothing but a denial of reality and a restriction on the ability of well-meaning Ghanaians to join in the much-needed national cohesive transformation.

This is where the continued demonization of any other opinion, which is fast becoming a symbol of class warfare by your administration, has virtually made the restoration of our past glory, a rather herculean task. If those outside your conclave can?t even talk about another view, then we are definitely on a voyage of the damned.

It is morally outrageous to keep demeaning any contrasting view with the bristle of a broken opposition brush; while you play the parlour game and scream at the electorate like a petulant child, for being ungrateful to your wonderful efforts at dragging Ghana out of the abyss.

The government can?t keep bleating about its ?achievements? and the prima donnas in government demand reverential treatment, while the majority of the people are weakened by disappointments and fearful of the future that awaits them. It definitely does not work that way and I expect you to be very much aware of that.

I believe that redressing the disconnect between the wallowing vast majority, especially those outside your party and the few ?chosen one, should be a paramount issue that burns a hole in your heart rather than what you perceive as the whinging of your opponents.

As a matter of fact, more times than not and in spite of being so dominant, it is the government?s huffing and puffing in response to legitimate inquisitions, that turns every issue into a major political talking-point, in what is fast being described in some quarters, as political pantomime designed to shift focus from the shallow delivery of genuine anti-poverty initiatives.

For too long, your government has been in a state of denial and disengagement from the deep division, which has left our nation, especially the down-trodden masses, totally alienated from the political space which you seem to have colonised.

But there is no bigger challenge facing us as a society than how we unite, especially post IMG, World Bank a, so that everyone is engaged in the true transformation of the country and not left isolated. There is an urgent need for you and your government to stop turning the page backwards, to the infamous era that ushered in the coup d?etat.

Sir, your power is held in trust for the nation. The virtue of getting on with it, is a valuable lesson worth learning; especially when it is obvious that you have an opportunity to shape and define your legacy, unless you truly plan be another African Leader.

Nevertheless, the disturbing cacophony of your government?s majesty; as well as the irrelevant agitations for compulsory national acceptance by all, in the face of what some believe as gross failure, amounts to selfishness rather than a holistic articulation of your administration?s much-acclaimed programme of a Better Ghana as a new lease of our national life.

It is an attitude that has been promoted, not only by your utterances, but also by the actions and the tub-thumping ovation of members of your administration and top party officials, aided of course, by a segment of the nation?s polarised media.

Rather than setting a new political standard, a new leadership benchmark and a new attitude to the management of the transformation of Ghana?s socio-political thoughts and public life, it is a pity that we?re once again seeing a hysteria that sees our despicable low point, simply as a dead load, that by itself, time will bury in oblivion.

Ghana?s very future is being ripped apart by the current blood-is-thicker-than-water politics, in a government we all felt will bring about the desired change. And the result is savage. But the truth is that politicians are nothing without Damango Public or Efia Afriyie?s Vote and frankly speaking, the brutal reality is that despite your several attempts, the majority of the people still couldn?t really care less about what you are selling to them since it does not in any way, reflect truthfully in their existence.

It is a great shame that despite your continued effort at buying class for the government, the collective image of your administration is murkier than ever. This is probably due to the fact that there is precious little common sense in some of the actions and utterances of your collective leadership and too much rhetoric of government?s much-acclaimed achievements. How about the increasing level of graft?, Do you think it was right to take Madam Ekua Donkor on a presidential visit to Italy?

Amidst a primitive authoritarian doctrine from the dark days of the past, in which only the voices of the powerful are heard, all that this does, is stir up anger, cynicism and intricacies, which the rent-a-crowd will not expose. The whole charade is now just full of gallows-humour in a cabaret and quiet despair from the audience (the ordinary Ghanaian).

Sir, you do owe a lot of people answers and a listening ear, whether you like it or not. You do owe Ghanaians an apology. You did not get to where you are by dint of hard work and the antics of your party alone; but by the mercy and belief of ordinary Ghanaians who found you, in the unholy choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, the safest pair of hands to entrust the ship of state.

Sir, you owe us an explanation; if in the midst of Dumsor and the innards of a once boisterous nation, exposed by circumstances which your government could not manipulate, and which is slithering to such a low level, there are languid Ghanaians spending their time trading in bar room gossips about the state of the nation.

Sir, leaders should be seen as role models in the pursuit of a new society and the effort to transform our society into modern times. Everything, from their speech, to body language and decisions, should be weighed in the light of this.
To my mind, the greatest problem to nation-building, is the partisanship of leadership and until leaders like you, change this attitude, we will continue to tear ourselves apart. We cannot move forward if the leadership continues to operate, not like statesmen, but with total impunity and words that denounce even the gods.

It is absurd to say the least, that a party and government whose defining purpose is Batter Ghana cannot resist the lure of posturing, against those who in the light of the emasculation of anything true and the vuvuzela of chest-beating pronouncements, claim to be acting as a moral guardian for the forgotten, helpless and disenfranchised masses.

Apologies Sir, but I have to stop at this point as I can hear distant the cry and call of some of those you are failing to take adequate care of. They are asking me for help to buy foodstuff. They need money to buy candles and kerosene to light their ways; as well as funds to buy drugs to save their lives. They just want help. Their belief is that this other side of the world is paved with gold and wonder why Ghana is different.

I must go now but I shall continue in a short while. Thank you Sir, for reading my epistle; if it ever gets to you. If not, then the action of your lieutenants who have blocked your receiving the letter, further goes to show exactly what I?m trying to point out to you.


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