“Which kind country be this? Chale I conf
Sometimes I for dey move away, maybe a month
More or less, more yawa
Less people power
Same shit, Ghana, Naija, man tire
Stuck in traffic I dey hate delay
Big man get the motorcade, big Benz and the Escalade
Hustle just dey escalate
But March 6, we go celebrate
Every year be the same cock and bull
Propaganda you dey push no dey pull
E dey pain, people tire for this matter
Everyday for thief man, one day for master” (M.Anifest feature verse on Burna Boy’s – “Another Story” (2019).
I’m sure someone will state it will be different. Especially the ones who are working directly either for the Nationwide Democratic Congress or New Patriotic Party. These folks will be on the barricades. At this point I don’t blame them. They have eaten the fruits of the Fourth Republic and of the vision of Jerry Rawlings. That is all natural. These two parties has held their terms and benefited from it.
That Akufo-Addo wants a second term is all natural. Just as Mahama wants to return to power as well. However, will it make a difference for the general public? I have feeling it will make vast difference from somebody else. Which I will explain after two vital extracts of what people has said about the subject.
“While the NDC says it is a social-democratic party, the NPP says it is a centre-right party that encourages property owning by individuals and companies – “the party of business” the NPP cares to add. In reality, however, there is not much difference between the two parties by way of policy. In fact, they are so much alike in terms of that, that voters do not have much to choose between the two” (Africa Business Magazine – ‘The benefits of living in uninteresting times’ 20.03.2013).
“A dozen candidates are operating for president however solely two are critical contenders: Former president John Mahama (pictured prime proper) of the Nationwide Democratic Congress (NDC) and the incumbent, President Nana Akufo-Addo (pictured prime left) of the New Patriotic Celebration (NPP). Akufo-Addo and Mahama have each solely served as president for a single time period, though each have additionally been energetic in high-level politics for greater than twenty years” (Michael Oti – ‘Opinion: Ghana′s election — between a crocodile and an alligator | Africa | DW’ 05.12.2020).
I think this election matters for the patronage of the Presidential Candidates, their connections and the ones earning well right now. Because Mahama knows the perks of the office and what powers it gives. The same knows Akufo-Addo. He is there already and would like to enjoy this another term.
It is not like neither of these two gentlemen had revolutionized anything in office. They have just prolonged the duopoly and settled the peace. The NDC and NPP is more of the same. It is just that the corporations, the clientele and patrons change with the parties. That is why no matter which of these two becomes President. There will be scandals and will be lost funds. It will be some bad tenders and Minister’s who has misused their office. That’s what happens with time.
Mahama has had his scandals in his term and so has Akufo-Addo in his term now. However, that will not change after the 7th December 2020. It might become a change of President and party. Nevertheless, the results for the citizens and the peasants won’t be significant. Only that they participated in another democratic election. Where the duopoly continues to amass control and have all power at their fingertips.
Just like M.Anifest said:
“E dey pain, people tire for this matter
Everyday for thief man, one day for master”
People work hard and does their duty, but doesn’t see changes. Hard to see the difference between the thief and the master. If there is a difference between the NDC or NPP. So, if this prolong much longer. Then more people will start to find an alternative. However, for now the stalemate between is uninspiring, but peaceful and shows how politicians should act during campaigns. Peace.
WFP is ramping up emergency assistance there, planning to reach 500,000 of the most vulnerable by end-December, and many more early next year.
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 31, 2017 – A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations World Food Programme warned yesterday as he wrapped up a four-day mission to the central African country that included a visit to Kasai. Some 3.2 million people in the region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in need of assistance.
“As many as 700,000 babies and children could starve in Kasai in the next few months unless enough nutritious food reaches them quickly”, David Beasley said. “We need access to those children, and we need money – urgently.”
Kasai’s traditionally high rates of malnutrition were pushed higher following the eruption last year of inter-ethnic violence characterised by large-scale killing, the wholesale destruction of villages and crops, and the targeting of hospitals, clinics and schools. The region now accounts for more than 40 percent of the DRC’s 7.7 million severely food insecure.
WFP is ramping up emergency assistance there, planning to reach 500,000 of the most vulnerable by end-December, and many more early next year. Dozens more staff are being deployed, an additional 80 off-road trucks are being brought in to deliver food to remote areas, and the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), presently flying aid supplies and aid workers to seven locations in the region, is being expanded.
But WFP’s emergency operation, launched in August, has so far been financed by internal borrowings, and only one percent of the US$135 million required through mid-2018 has been secured from the international community.
While the violence in Kasai has diminished in recent weeks, banditry and extortion are commonplace. Moreover, in a region the size of Germany with multiple active militias and a road network that is largely impassable during the September-December rainy season, humanitarian access is set to remain a challenge.
WFP’s work in eastern North Kivu province, also witnessed by Beasley, is likewise constrained by access challenges and limited funding. Just 250,000 of the province’s one million displaced people – victims of two decades of conflict – are receiving assistance, and only half rations.
Much of DRC’s population is dependent on subsistence farming, and competition for land is often at the heart of its violence. Many conflict-displaced families who had returned to their villages in North Kivu and Kasai told Beasley they could not resume working their fields, such was their fear still of being attacked.
“I have met too many women and children whose lives have been reduced to a desperate struggle for survival”, Beasley said. “In a land so rich in resources, that’s heart-breaking. And it’s unacceptable.”
Beasley acknowledged donor concerns about limited return on investments in a better future for the Congolese people, noting that some governments have threatened to redirect such funding to countries where they say it will have more impact.
“I hear those concerns”, Beasley said. “But let’s not hold innocent women and children responsible for the failings of others.”
“What the brave people I met over the last few days want most of all is peace – peace to be able to grow their own food, to rebuild their lives and to build a brighter tomorrow for their children. It’s a simple, powerful message, and I have conveyed it to President Kabila, urging that he do his part to bring about much-needed change.”
Congolese defense and security forces reportedly fired warning shots to disperse demonstrators protesting against rampant insecurity and repeated cases of armed robbery in the locality.
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, September 26, 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of MONUSCO, Maman Sidikou, is gravely concerned by the use of lethal force by Congolese defense and security forces in response to public protests in Bukavu, South Kivu province, leading to civilian casualties including children.
This morning, in the Panzi neighborhood of Bukavu, Congolese defense and security forces reportedly fired warning shots to disperse demonstrators protesting against rampant insecurity and repeated cases of armed robbery in the locality. An 8-year girl, on her way to school, was reportedly hit by a stray bullet and subsequently died. According to credible reports received by MONUSCO, there are additional casualties and the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office is investigating to collect more detailed information.
“Defense and security forces have an obligation to use force only as the last resort, in compliance with the principles of necessity, proportionality and legality, pursuant to the international standards. Alleged violence perpetrated by protestors should never be an excuse for the use of lethal force”, said Maman Sidikou, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of MONUSCO.
“Furthermore, I urge Congolese authorities to ensure that law enforcement personnel is adequately equipped and trained to engage in crowd-control operations, and call on the authorities to urgently carry out prompt, credible and independent investigations into this incident, as a mean to prevent loss of civilian lives during future protests”, Sidikou concluded.