The View of An Ordinary Citizen.
Denis Andaban writes...........
The change that Ghanaians advocated for is here. It is a change indeed!
The happenings so far indicate an absolute change of government and governance. The NPP scored political capital out of the behaviour of some government appointees in the NDC government, calling them arrogant and so on….
Here we are today, few days into government, we see the militancy tactics by the NPP with the full endorsement of president Nana Akufo Addo. Hooliganism among NPP fanatics as they launch coup state institutions and the physical abuse of people they consider not to have supported them as if we are in political instability. What a change!
As if that is not enough, a very important Constitutional exercise like the vetting of ministerial nominees has now become a platform for them to show their power. The committee chairman leading the crusade shamelessly sells his arrogance, partiality and needless street politics as he seeks to protect the incompetence of some of the nominees from the public eye.
Unfortunately, some of them rather embarrass him when they choose to answer questions he hitherto considered irrelevant. Most of the very sensitive questions that matter most and interest the nation are nullified. Is it an indirect way of telling the minority to boycott the process because they (NPP MPs) willingly illegally boycotted the 2013 vetting of ministerial nominees? I can't think far.
It is conspicuous that the minority have grilled the nominees so far and have actually cut off the rubber horns of some of them (nominees). Some have clearly demonstrated enough inconsistencies and contradictions both in terms of legalities and their own promises. May be it another political escapade for Ghanaians to explore bitterly though.
I think that quality matters most than quantity though the NPP believe in quantity and justify the nomination of party people to occupy certain questionable positions. The few minority members have demonstrated much resilience, fortitude and sagacity in the process so far. Let me thank the Hon minority leader Hon Haruna Iddrisu and his members. In fact, Hon Alhassan Suhimini has shown them how knowledgeable he is even as a new Member of Parliament. He is the reason behind the constant display of needless emotions by the chairman of the committee.
What is more interesting is that the people they keep on boasting about do not show much an appreciation and understanding of the issues in the various ministries they seek to head. Talk of the minister designate for Agric who thinks the agric sector is only about cocoa. Talk about the senior minister Yaw Osafo Marfo who does not know that we have a rent control law in this country.
As for the arrogance displayed so far, the least talk about it the better. The senior minister designate is indeed a senior and has shown his level of arrogance and I believe his juniors, so to say, will take cue. He said a whole Hon member duly elected by his constituents is too young to understand issues asked him in the interest of the nation and thinks that is not arrogance? Just within few minutes after that insult, the supposed too young Hon member educated him on the number of universities in the country. What a shame!
The likes of Alan K, Opoku Agyemang Prempeh, Ken Ofori Atta and Osafo Mafo all alluded to the fact that the NDC government was not incompetent as the NPP used to preach. Is this double standard or self-contradiction? They (NPP) now believe that borrowing is not bad, sole sourcing is legal, infrastructure is important, NHIS is working and not collapsed, physical space is needed in servicing loans among others. It is interesting. The hot seat had really done the magic and they have started confessing their sins too early.
Coming events they say cast their shadows. The NPP throughout their days in opposition has never appreciated anything of the then government. They were too good at levelling unsubstantiated allegations against dignified individuals. They were heroes in casting aspersions beyond measure. Today when they bring facts about the involvement of some nominees in certain landmark scandals, they think it should not be heard publicly. I think the NDC is too soft and has the passion to champion the development of our country otherwise I don't see the need for supporting the current seeming notorious government at all.
Again, look at the manner in which people are being fired left right centre whilst party members and family members are being appointed. Who were those talking about tribalism and lack of regional balance in the NDC government when indeed it was conspicuously false? Who were those preaching daily against winner takes all? Is the civil society around? IEA have you forgotten too soon?
Deductively, propaganda cannot just build a nation. You may deceive the to get into power but you cannot use propaganda and lies to develop this nation. That is just the beginning. I'm not talking about the constitutionally sacrilegious appointments going on. They say they are lawyers. We are watching.
I don't see any sign of competence so far in Nana and his party boys.