…As NDC Blames Akufo-Addo’s Crass Incompetence For Mahama’s Lynching And General Mayhem
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), a party which is an offshoot of the most defining revolution of Ghana’s political history, has warned that factors that precipitate popular uprisings are increasingly coming into vogue in nowadays Ghana.
According to it, a culture of impunity that has become prevalent under the Presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo is beckoning a revolution that could well be an implosive social supernova.
And the NDC serves notice that it is more than ready to lead the charge if the growing public anger over insecurity in Ghana degenerates into a tide against the Akufo-Addo regime.
“The NDC wishes to send a very loud message to President Akufo-Addo that ‘Enough is Enough!!!!!!’,”a statement released by the party in the wake of the dastardly lynching of an army officer warned.
It continued that, “The NDC will sooner than later, if this level of impunity persists, be compelled to engage in a legitimate social revolution to protest the inability of President Akufo-Addo to protect the good people of this country.”
Indeed, in June, 1979, a similar state of insecurity, both economic and physical, amidst widespread corruption by a reprobate military junta, which superintended over a state of impunity in which market women openly slapped junior rank soldiers without fear because they were connected to the junta, that led to an uprising.
A young Airforce soldier, Flt. Lt. Jeremiah John Rawlings, had started the whole revolution with a demonstration that eventually culminated into the execution of three former Heads of State and two Army Generals.
Jerry John Rawlings goes on to found the NDC on the principles of probity, accountability and social justice.
The statement by Rawlings’ NDC, which had been signed by the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, made it clear that the NDC holds President Akufo-Addo responsible for the lynching of the late Capt. Maxwell Mahama of the 5th Infantry Battalion.
As Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, the NDC says, Akufo-Addo’s superintendence over a subculture of impunity that has become fashionable under his rule is what has culminated in the dastardly public lynching of the late soldier.
“The NDC is laying blame of this heinous and callous lynching of Captain Mahama at the doorstep of President Akufo-Addo. This is because ever since President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC handed over a peaceful Ghana to President Akufo-Addo’s NPP on 7th January, 2017, the nation has known no peace.”
The late Capt. Maxwell Mahama of the 5BN had, earlier in the week, been set upon by a mob at Denkyira Buasi in the Central Region and lynched without any provocation. The mob had been led by an Assembly man of Diaso.
The NDC pointed to what it said was state-sponsored barbarism by the ruling party’s goon squad as a cardinal symptom of a climate of lawlessness and impunity that has come with the Akufo-Addo regime, leading to the dastardly murder of Capt. Mahama.
Delta Force, one of several goon squads of the NPP, recently dominated headlines for attacking the Ashanti Regional Coordinator for National Security and forcibly removing him from office.
Upon that act of lawlessness, the Police Administration, led by the President’s half-brother, IGP David Asante-Apeatu, attempted to sweep the issue under the carpet but a public outcry eventually led to a reluctant arrest.
Immediately they were arrested, Ken Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central and bankroller of the NPP, went on radio to warn the President that if members of the goon squad, whom he said had been in the frontlines of the NPP’s brutal campaign into power, were not freed, he would personally lead a demonstration against his own government.
Ken Agyapong’s threat soon encouraged other members of the Delta Force to storm a Kumasi court where 13 of their colleagues were facing trial, to overthrow court proceedings and wrench them out of the clutches of justice.
That behavior led to a national uproar that resonated with the international community, leading to the United Nations issuing a public condemnation.
However, soon after the freed Delta Force goon squad members were re arraigned before court, the Attorney General’s Department filed nolle prosequi, on grounds of lack of evidence.
The NDC cites the Delta Force scenario as just one symptom of a culture of impunity hovering over the country under Akufo-Addo.
“From the beating up of a serving Police Officer at the Flagstaff House, to the beating up of a Regional Security Coordinator, the disruption of a court process, the burning of toll booths and the molestation of Civil Servants, the lawless Culture of impunity has now reached the doorstep of the Ghana Armed Forces,” the NDC statement noted.
Capt. Mahama had been set on by a mob and lynched at Denkyira Boase in the Central Region. The lynching had been led by an Assemblyman for Diaso, who has since been on the run from the law.
Following the dastardly act, President Akufo-Addo’s District Chief Executive for Upper Denkyira West, Daniel Appianing, justified the lynching by claiming that the late soldier had been guiding Chinese illegal miners.
“There is a large number of military personnel protecting the Chinese that the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of it, in fact he is said to be the leader…am shocked they are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers,” Mr. Appianing had told Adom FM.
The DCE’s position was contrary to that of the Military which had explained that the late soldier was rather there as leader of a detachment to fight illegal mining, aka galamsey.
Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul, who was angered by the claims of the DCE ordered him to shut up on the same radio.
“I don’t know who this DCE is but he should not speak on this again because he does not understand the issue…”
Interestingly, Mr. Nitiwul’s word crossing with the DCE is just one scenario of incoherent vibes that the Akufo-Addo government has been giving over the issue of galamsey.
Indeed, during the 2016 campaign, then Candidate Akufo-Addo had sworn never to end galamsey, only to assume power and make a u-turn, rather clamping down on the trade.
Prior to the murder of Maxwell Mahama, the Defense Minister had contradicted his own Deputy, Maj. Rtd. Derek Oduro, on the issue of galamsey, when Mr. Nitiwul had corroborated claims by Land Minister, John Peter Amewu, that the Military had deployed personnel to protect some illegal miners.
Differing from both the claims of the Defense Minister and the Lands Minister, Maj. Derek Oduro had rubbished claims that the Military had deployed any soldiers top protect galamseyers.
The incoherence from ministers of Akufo-Addo’s government is however one aspect of incompetence that the regime is deemed to have exhibited so far in government.
Among others, Gloria Akuffo, the Attorney General, has been a total scatterbrain in office not having her wits about her in respect of serious issues, including the issuance of $2.25billion bond by the finance minister.
The Akufo-Addo regime has also refused to arrest Gender Minister, Otiko Djaba, and Upper East Regional Minister, Rockson Bukari, after it came to light that they had masterminded the 2015 murder of the Upper East Regional Chairman of the ruling party, Adams Mahama.
The NDC, in its 31st May statement, urged Nana Akufo-Addo to do the honorable thing and resign if he is overwhelmed by the duties of the Presidency.
“If it is the case that President Akufo-Addo has come to the realization that he is unable to manage the affairs of State, he should do the honorable thing and resign so we get a more competent leader to lead Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana.”
In blaming Akufo-Addo for the state of lawlessness in the country, the NDC pointed out the antecedence of the public carnage, even traces back to his infamous “All-Die-Be-Die” rhetoric during his campaign to become President.
Indeed, it was in the spirits of “All-Die-Be-Die” that Assin Central MP, Ken Agyapong, had declared mass murder against Gas and Ewes and declared war in Ghana in 2012.
Incidentally, the lynching of the late Capt. Maxwell Adams Mahama happened in the Upper Denkyira District, a stronghold of the ruling NPP, which is also close to Assin, Central, Ken Agyapong’s Constituency.
The NDC warned that the Ghanaian people had had enough of the NPP and that the NDC is singing from the same hymn book with the people.
“For the avoidance of doubt; the NDC shall “resist oppressors rule with all our will and might forevermore.”
The statement extended condolences to the family of the late Capt. Maxwell Mahama and mourned with the Ghana Armed Forces, whose Commander-In-Chief, the President, is sitting cool like a cucumber, while his soldiers are being slaughtered like chicken.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels