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Feature Article of Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Columnist: Thompson, Kofi

President Mills: Enough Is Enough

- Take Charge Of Ghana And Your Own Regime Now!

By Kofi Thompson

Is Ghana falling apart, one wonders? If those power-drunk individuals in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime of President Mills, behind the intimidation of their political opponents (especially New Patriotic Party (NPP) members), by remote control, via the security agencies, have any doubt about how their foolishness and high-handedness is rebounding on their regime's image, and leaving it in tatters, let them call for, and watch, and listen, to the audio-visual recording of Yaw Buabeng Asamoah and Atiku Djaba's passionate denoucement of their regime, and the tactics of the police, on the current affairs "National Agenda" programme this morning, on Net2 TV.

Yet again, those selfish self-seekers (ex-President Rawlings' "greedy bastards"), are making it obvious, to the discerning in Ghana, that President Mills, who is supposed to have executive authority under our constitution, is somehow a mere bystander, and powerless, in his own regime. In the meantime, Ghana is being torn apart.

And yet again, those "greedy bastards" are proving that they really are an incompetent bunch of third-rate individuals, who have unfortunately succeeded in hijacking ex-President Rawlings' NDC party, for their own selfish ends - and have ended up presiding over one of the most shambolic regime's ever to rule Ghana, in terms of their PR.

If they are unaware of it, in the internet age, you cannot intimidate anyone in a leadership position, in a political party, such as the silver-tongued Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, in today's Ghana, and hope to get away with it, successfully.

Have those geniuses responsible for the latest Mills regime PR debacle, heard, by any chance, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah and Atiku Djaba mocking their regime, on Net2 TV this morning? Talk about the double-agony of a self-inflicted head-wound and shooting oneself in the foot, politically. Pity.

The upper echelons of the Ghana Police Service and Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), would do well to take Yaw Buabeng Asamoah's wise counsel, that they ought to be always open and forthcoming about who they arrest, where they keep them, and what necessitated their arrest, as well as the charges being preferred against them, if any.

Perhaps that will avoid creating the fear and panic that drives party faithful to assemble in large numbers at places like the BNI HQ, and the CID HQ, in solidarity with incarcerated party colleagues.

President Mills must understand that it is his legacy as president that those self-seekers in his party are toying with and gradually destroying, with their high-handedness and selfish foolishness.

Yes, some, myself included, might loathe and mistrust the NPP, but this is a democracy - and those elected to rule our country ought to always bear that in mind, when deciding to have their political opponents arrested.

And in case they forget, no condition is permanent - and sooner or later, like their predecessors in office, they too will be turfed out of power, by ordinary Ghanaians fed up with their monumental incompetence.

It is time President Mills woke up from his deep slumber. If the burden of leadership is too heavy for him, let him step down as president - which is what some of us have called on him to do, for Ghana's sake. Ditto his hapless political partner, Vice President Mahama.

Above all, he must stop listening to what the pro-NDC media - in whose financial interest it is to be sycophantic - tell him about his standing in the country.

If truth be told, the vast majority of ordinary Ghanaians are completely disillusioned with his leadership. They simply cannot fathom why someone elected to be Ghana's president, appears to be allowing others to rule the country, from the shadows, in his name.

It is outrageous that having worked hard for him and the NDC to come to power, the selfsame unfathomable greed and corruption that drove some of us to risk our lives, fighting to rid our nation of the miasma that Kufuor & Co., represented, is leading those in the NDC who it appears have hijacked some of his executive powers, to gradually ruin our nation. It is intolerable - and unacceptable.

President Mills ought to be seen to be actually taking charge of Ghana, as president - for once. And he must make a start by ignoring all his third-rate advisors and invite all the leaders of Ghana-s political parties to a peace summit, at the Peduase Lodge - to chart a course, going forward, for a peaceful election in December 2012. The buck does indeed stop with him, as president.

For example, in the light of the tension in the country at the moment, did his regime have to compound Kennedy Adjapong's foolishness, with the farce his prosecution turned into? The question is, will the president hold someone in his administration responsible for this tragicomedy - and sack them?

The needless trashing of Ghana's international reputation as a democratic oasis of peace and stability in sub-Saharan Africa, by violence-prone extremists in both the NDC and NPP, must be stopped at all costs. But it must be done with some finesse by intelligent people - who can out-think and outsmart those nation-wreckers, who profit from the violence, chaos and tension in the country.

Is the president not supposed to be the Asumdwehene, I ask? Let him act now - and take charge of his own regime and Nkrumah's Ghana. What is going on now, is shameful, and totally unacceptable. Enough is enough. A word to the wise...

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