“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.
Yesterday, the Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addressed the Press together with the French President Macron. As he did this he asked serious questions about governance and development. Akufo-Addo proved with brilliance what many people are saying about the African continent, but isn’t heard from the people in power. Akufo Addo actually wants like all other sovereign states to be charging his own people for the services they are getting and not handouts from strangers abroad. That isn’t noble, that is Statesmanship and responsibility. As he don’t want aid, but trade. The President wants Ghana to make it on its own and with its own resources, instead of billing the tab from afar.
All nations and all presidents should seek this paradigm. His own words are powerful and it is needed, in times when states are either addicted to aid or borrowing funds at levels that are destroying the economies. These words and shift should be taken by all states who are used to aid. So they can prepare their citizens and their institutions to be built. So that governance and the government can deliver services to their public.
“Addressing a press conference with France President Emmanuel Macron during the latter’s one-day working visit to Ghana on Thursday, President Akufo- Addo said African countries cannot continue to make policies based on the support the Western world can give. He said, “Our responsibility to charter a path which is about how we can develop our nations ourselves. It is not right for a country like Ghana, 60-years after independence to still have its health and education budget being financed on the basis of the generosity and charity of European taxpayers” (…) “We need to have a mindset that says we can do it… and once we have that mindset we’ll see there’s a liberating factor for ourselves,” he said. Akufo-Addo said the only way Africa can stop its young men and women from migrating to other countries to seek greener pastures is to put in place systems that work. “We want to have those energies working inside our countries and we are going to have those energies if we begin to build systems that tells the young people of our country that their hopes, the opportunities are right here with us,” he stressed” (…) “Our concern should be with what we need to do in this 21st century to move Africa away from being cup-in-hand and begging for aid, for charity and for handouts,” he said” (Ghanaweb, 2017).
I’m European, I don’t care what Macron said or wanted to say after hearing Akufo-Addo speech. It was powerful and needed. The words that is expressed and the needed shift is there. Not that charity or aid should automatically stop. But the world, the leaders and the states themselves. Needs to find their way to sustain and develop mechanism for collecting revenue and also tax properly services. Secondly, needs proper guidelines and institutions to sufficiently create growth and stagger inflation. Combined with investment in not only extraction and producing crops, but also create products with it. So that the state don’t only get the low value export, but get refined and developed products on the world market. That isn’t an easy fix and has been tampered-on ever since independence and the world order hasn’t made it better too.
Initially, the power lays in the hands of the leadership. In the hands of people Akufo-Addo and others. Who can leave behind institutions and markets, that can leave behind educated and industries that brings wealth not only to a chosen few, but to the GDP of their respective nations. While stopping the current fix and re-up of more aid donations and charity from European taxpayers.
I hope that the African leadership are listening to this and actually follows this. To be truly independent. Be developed and generate the wealth the African people deserve and the stability of institutions it also should create to prosper. Maybe, not leadership as western-democracies, but in states and elected leadership that takes responsibility and uses the skills and resources for the benefit of all citizens. Not only for corporate citizens, but all of them. Building states and building democracies where the people and state are working for a common-goal. The betterment and changing today for the future. Not awaiting handouts from Berlin, Paris or London. The Ghanaian republic deserve this, they deserve to handle on their own, all former colonies and former protectorate deserves this. Just like the European republics and kingdoms are responsible for their own finances and economy. They are not awaiting funds from China or US to save them…
The same we should wish to say about African state, who are begging for donors and loans to fill the void of own taxation and revenue. Therefore, the speech from President Akufo-Addo deserves credit, not because he is African and wants to get rid of the hands-out. But because he speaking the truth in general. Every single statesman on planet earth, should work for this goal, no matter which continent and whatever country they are running. It doesn’t matter, all citizens and states should work for this common goal that President Akufo-Addo speaks off. Also, European Nations that are struggling with debt and with deficit like Greece and Italy, should also work for this goal and not be saved by other institutions. This is a world-wide issue, not only on the African continent. Peace.
Ghanaweb – ‘Africa must stop depending on foreign aid – Akufo-Addo’ (03.12.2017) link: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Africa-must-stop-depending-on-foreign-aid-Akufo-Addo-606111