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Tema Demolition Displaces About 800 Families

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EVEN as the internally displaced persons of Adjei Kojo, Tema stand beside the debris and their belongings not knowing what to do or where to go, the CEO of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) is basking in the success of inflicting pain on his compatriots.

The explanation he spewed after the public outcry cannot pass muster: it is unable to mitigate the human suffering inflicted upon the many families which are now at the mercy of the elements.

A traumatized child who could not hold back her tears as she surveyed what used to be their home was captured on the front page of a state newspaper last week: a heartbreaking spectacle.

The absence of a human face which featured in the demolition and soothing words from government for the victims, even if deception-coated, is regrettable and paints clearer the colour of those at the helm.

As part of mass destruction, which commenced with the Aviation site bloody operation, we can confidently say that the worst is yet to come. In fact soon after the Adjei Kojo operation, another was scheduled to follow immediately but for the public outcry this one triggered.

We are in strange times. These are economically restive times when normalcy has given way to the unusual.

The campaign season is not close and politicians in power can afford to turn their attention from such transgressions and pretend they never heard about them, as their agents perpetrate them with reckless abandon.

If such conduct is not dishonesty, we do not know what else is. A few days ago, the ruling party?s General Secretary, Asiedu Nketia isolated what in his view is the bane of the country?s problem: dishonesty was what he identified.

Ghanaians could have pardoned him but for his progression to state that corruption is not what has afflicted the country but dishonesty. If we may ask: whose dishonesty? The poorly salaried civil servant or the female head porter who struggles to make ends meet on daily basis? Or the politicians who promised to protect the public kitty but ends up lining their pockets?

He triggered so much reaction and derision that we can bet he was amazed that a seeming innocuous remark could prompt so much public uproar.

To state that he was insulted is an understatement. In fact he was booed so humiliatingly, especially on social media that we doubt if he would ever veer towards matters of integrity, something he lacks anyway.

He was taken down memory lane: his performance when he appeared before the election petition hearing and the matters thereof were below the benchmark of honesty and integrity.

If he was able to pass such an obnoxious remark, it is because he is in a country where people like him can be tolerated. Restive times indeed.

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