Osei Kyei Mensah BonsuMinority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has criticized Ghana’s leaders for the inability to develop the nation, saying their focus is to gain control over the country’s wealth.

Mr. Mensah said, politicians dwell on the mistakes of past governments as propaganda to trail their way into power and when they get into power, they refuse to build or continue uncompleted projects and policies to build the nation.

These were part of a speech delivered by the Suame MP at an inter church Prayers for Elections 2012 organised by the New Patriotic Party in collaboration with Ghanaian churches in Manchester, United Kingdom.

“By and large as a nation we have to recognise that we have lost our way… the constitution imposes an obligation on us that we should construct for ourselves a long term development plan, we haven’t done that more than 16 years into 20-years  into this 4th republic,” Mr. Mensah Bonsu said.

He added that as a result of lost focus, ‘we have resorted to advocating for our political administration and so government comes government goes,  the succeeding government spends so much time scavenging and lambasting the previous administration, projects that are started by the previous administration are not continued and they go waste and people applaud that to get in, forgetting that it is the people’s money that has been invested.”

This he said “results in the wasting of investments which we have to go and beg for loans to pay back what the succeeded in mismanaging”.

On the other hand, Mr. Mensah Bonsu said that elections are not about anybody’s selfish interest but for the future of the nation and that all have to contribute to make the process peaceful.

Riding on the back of Ghana being touted as a nation of peace the MP said that Ghanaians  have to make informed choices that will not distraught the peace of the nation in the impending elections.

“Elections should not be about who I know, it should not be about who has given me money or about my tribe, or who I know but it should be about programming and projects or political parties , the future of our children and children’s children.” he stressed.

The Minority Leader however praised past presidents including Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia, President Jerry John Rawlings, and President John Agyekum Kufour for land mark development projects and policies that took the nation to the next level.

He therefore urged leaders to come back on track and focus on building the country instead of reducing the country’s democracy into a festival of character assassination and backbiting in politics.

Maame Esi Nyamekye Thompson/Adomonline.com/Ghana

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