What’s up with our politicians?

Frankly and seriously speaking I’m appaled by the unconcerned attitude of our leaders when we have terrible issues confronting our very existence. When it’s to campaign for election or re-election their voices are the loudest.

However they seem to lose their tongues when it is most crucial to the very people whose vote they sought for during campaigns.

I’m beginning to believe that in Ghana politicians know only how to jump at each others throat.

I mean if it is to denigrate, accuse and call their opponents all sort of names they (politicians) are most visible. Today, Ghana is confronted with two major issues: galamsey and the acts of terror groups or vigilantes as they want to call themselves. All of these are happening under the full glare of our lawmakers  but they seem not to be worried. Are they citizens of another state? 

What our politicians know but are looking on as if it is a sci-fi movie is that galamsey and the activities of these terror groups are a real menace to our livelihood and sovereignty.

Here are few reasons I state that galamsey and activities of these terror groups are a menace to our livelihood and sovereignty.

1: The activities of these illegal miners pollute our farm lands and contaminate our crops which could  give rise to food insecurity in the nearest future.

2:  Our able farmers who have no other occupation beside farming are on the verge of joining the unemployed pool which is already full and about to explode.

3:  The pollution of our water bodies is very serious or should I say critical? As it stands now potable drinking water is an unavailable necessity. Polluting the few water bodies from which water is treated or can be treated and made available to the needy populace is tantamount to genocide if you ask me.

4: The acts of the so-called vigilante groups ( I call them terror groups) who don’t have any respect for the rule of law could give rise to insurgence and arm conflicts. You see when a group of people take upon themselves to be judge and executioners it sets a very bad precedence. It signalisation to other such groups that the rule of law no longer works in this country. It makes this country become like the jungle where only the strongest survive. 

For crying out loud Ghana is a country that is govern by the rule of law. Therefore the continuous silence of our leaders in the wake of this menace is intolerable and amounts to treason and they must be prosecuted for this silence.

 Our politicians must start to condemn these acts which have the tendency to disrupt our democracy and distabilize this peaceful country with every bit of pesewa they went into politics to make. They must act and make sure the activities of galamseyers and these terror groups are halted immediately and that is what we expect from them.

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Why we are here: Leaving the Politicians Unchecked

To the overly religious Ghanaian, our fate as a people reside in the hands of God. This obviously is not a refutable fact. However, we are as good as we let our leaders make us to be. It is not without observation that politicians control the development and general well-being of their people.

Whether we would want to admit it or not, the truth of the matter is politicians have always had their ways with us, the people. And the seemingly lack of checks and balances on those who govern us is the reason we are where we are today.

In every democratic dispensation, the people are said to hold all the power. But look around you today, do you see such power in the ordinary people? Obviously we have managed to rewrite the tenets of democracy in our part of the world, reneging our constitutional rights to the elite, who obviously don’t care much about our plight.

When I hear politicians make utterances such as ‘the Volta region is the world bank of the National Democratic Congress” or the contrast of the latter ‘the Ashanti region is the world bank of the New Patriotic Party’ I just can’t help my anger. And then it got me thinking, are we here because as a people we have failed to keep those who govern us in checks?

I believe politicians have taken us for granted and this is so by our (the people) doing. If a particular region can be tagged as the ‘World Bank’ of a particular political party (which is not far from the truth), it goes a long way to show how we have failed ourselves as a people.

The people vote for a political candidate, regardless of what he/she is bringing to the table. You just have to belong to party A or B and you will automatically earn the calling in a particular region. It should therefore not be a surprise when the people seem to be where they have started from.

We can cry all we want, we can complain for all we have, if we continue to follow political parties like a religion what we have, what we have always had will be the same; underdevelopment, unemployment, lack of basic amenities and so forth and so on.

It is time for us to wake up and take back our constitutional rights, which is our power. Let’s begin to question politicians based on what they have given us and what they intend to give us. Let’s open our minds to different perspectives and opinions.

The people must sieve the politicians and their ideas and let through those who have the potential to transform their fate.

Enough of the religious voting, enough of being the ‘World bank’ of a political party while the people are wallowing in abject poverty. Enough is enough, let’s demand accountability in order to transform our lives.