General News of Monday, 11 August 2014
Former New Patriotic Party [NPP] Member of Parliament [MP] for Asokwa constituency, Maxwell Kofi Jumah believes the country’s present economic woes should not only be blamed on the ruling government’s “irresponsible behavior” and unbridled acts of “corruption”, but also on the failure of some key state institutions to professionally carry out their mandated tasks.
According to him, despite the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress [NDC] government being reckless and disappointing, they are not wholly the cause of the Ghana’s present mess.
He cited the failure of “governance institutions” as major contributors to what the country is currently bedeviled with.
“Ghana’s present mess was not caused by only the irresponsible behavior and corruption of the NDC, but also the disappointing failure of our governance institutions,” he said.
Kofi Jumah, who has been a consistent critic of the Mahama-led administration, questioned why the Electoral Commission [EC] declared the NDC victors in the 2012 presidential election even in the face of glaring electoral malpractices brought to its attention by the other political parties.
“How come our institutions were not able to put brakes on some of these excesses? How come our electoral processes made us chose the present Government?” he quizzed.
To him, all government institutions are nonfunctional and needs restructuring to help build a better Ghana.
“What role did our Parliament play in this quagmire? What about the independent institutions like Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice [CHRAJ], National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Public Services and the Press?” he asked.
Kofi Jumah questioned the actions and inactions of the Economic and Organised Crime Office [EOCO], Bureau of National Investigations [BNI], Audit Board, Trade Union Congress [TUC] and various professional bodies’ to help the state revamp its bedridden economy.
The former NPP legislator was also uncharitable with the National House of Chiefs for their “shameful acceptance of corruptible cars gift from President John Mahama in this hard times."
“What role did our Chieftaincy and Academic institutions play or not play to get this country to such a disgraceful level? Ghana, we have failed ourselves and black people everywhere. Black Stars indeed!” he posted on his Facebook wall.