Nana Akufo-Addo acted so swift as usual, and we had the chorus singers chanting him for being a listening president. This is akin to the ancient wicked jungle king who dug a death trap pit in front of his Palace. When his sub chiefs started falling in and dying, and his kingsmen began complaining about the dangerous nature of the pit, he covered it up and assembled women to come and sing praises for him. They were praising him for covering his own mess!
If the president had been hitting all people with the same rod, his party men would have been more cautious in their dealings.
Coronavirus has been dealing with all manner of people regardless of their status or position. But surprisingly, some members of the ruling New Patriotic Party thought the virus fears their political power. Most of the senior party men are not regarding the President’s directive on the measures to contain and curtail the spread of the virus.
When all institutions were closed down due to how dangerous the virus was, Parliament House of Ghana was still operating. It is an indisputable fact that the work of Parliament in every democratic country is essential but we can’t have efficient Legislation when we subject our Members of Parliament to death. Per the nature of their work, it made them more exposed and vulnerable to being infected by the virus. They travel a lot, meet a lot of people and also interact among themselves a lot.
The rate of spread within the corridors of parliament could be fatal. And even that aside, the picture they sent to the public was not a positive one. When people were sitting home and looking up to the leaders to learn from them what it means to keep and observe social distancing and wear a face mask, they are instead greeted with their lawmakers sitting in the Chambers of Parliament so close to each other ‘maskless’. And even those who had the mask too wore it below their mouths.
This sent signal to the public that we were only being deceived and that there was no pandemic in the country. Their opinion, though very erroneous was justified to some extent. They did not see the fear of the virus in their leaders. And the president failed to shut it down, at least for some time.
The president himself who has been admonishing the use of Facemasks never appeared on television with one. He should have led by example.
There have been so many times politicians have violated the Executive Instruments that imposed restrictions on the ordinary citizens and went scot-free.
The laws of Ghana, even in a pandemic, has only been applied to the less-privileged ones in society. We can remember how some poor pastors and followers were rounded up by armed policemen. Many people argued that the best place to ensure enhanced social distancing is in the church. The church is one of the most orderly places in the country. But the laws struck them harder.
Per the nature of our politics in the country, it is difficult to trust institutions to work in the interest of the public. This makes it imperative for political actors to involve themselves in all activities aggressively.
Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, after series of his addresses to the nation, sat down and watched his party-throwing social distancing protocols to the dogs during their Parliamentary Primaries across the country. The prospective Parliamentary aspirants deliberately told their supporters to go out in their numbers and defend the ballot boxes. They stood there and even exchanged fists on the Election day.
The president could not take any punitive action against his party for violating his own rules. He only issued a press release saying the breach was unfortunate! Is this how we build a nation when the laws are being selective?
The New Patriotic Party’s Chairman for Oforikrom who died a few days after the Primaries from Coronavirus was actively involved in the process.
It is not very strange that some bigwigs are daily being admitted to the hospital for Coronavirus.
The Minister for Education, Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh was admitted to the University of Ghana Medical Center two days after the Primaries. It is important to note that, the Electoral Commission representative held his hand and raised it in the public even though he said he had the symptoms of Coronavirus. This was the level of recklessness the president condoned without any condemnation whatsoever.
These precedents gave the Tema West Member of Parliament, Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah the effrontery to go round Registration centres with Coronavirus even though he knew his status.
If the president had been very firm and strong with his words, Carlos Ahenkora wouldn’t have dared to move out of isolation room to his Constituency to put people’s lives in danger.
Enough of the rhetorics and selectivity.
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