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General News of Saturday, 25 March 2017


Ghana close to becoming a banana republic – Baako analyses

Veteran journalist, Kweku Baako is scared the actions of marauding vigilante groups aligned to the governing New Patriotic Party could end Ghana in a banana state.

Recounting some instances where some notable vigilante groups including Invisible Forces, Kandahar Boys, and Delta Force have attacked state installations and persons, he said it is becoming frustrating.

The latest attack which has attracted a nationwide condemnation is the one on Mr George Adjei, who was appointed as the regional security coordinator by President Akufo-Addo.

Some well-built men from the Delta Force allegedly stormed the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council on Friday, March 24 to stop Mr Adjei from performing his duties because the group said they cannot work with him.

Commenting on the attack on Joy FM’s Newsfile, Kweku Baako appeared more worried because the recent attacks are coming after President Akufo-Addo and his Interior Minister Ambrose Dery have condemned such acts and asked the security agencies to act. Unfortunately, persons who staged such unlawful attacks have gone “scot-free”, he noted recounting his recent encounter with one Jalil Bawa who discounted police account’s that he is gone into hiding for allegedly attacking a police officer at the Flagstaff House.

Having watched video of yesterday’s attack, the veteran journalist described the action as “unmitigated disaster and it ought not be countenance one bit,” and assessed that the country is gradually entering a banana state.

The Cambridge dictionary defines banana republic as “a small country, especially in South and Central America, that is poor, corrupt, and badly ruled “Is it not too many, is it not frustrating, are we not cutting a picture of ridicule of this great nation? Aren’t we looking like a banana republic? Is not what we are looking at?

The president has spoken…and yet these things are still happening,” Mr. Baako said in despair.

He charged the security agencies to immediately arrest a man parading himself as the spokesperson for the Delta Force to help identify the culprits who belong to his group.

Meanwhile, a Deputy Minister-designate for the Attorney-General , Joseph Dinkiok Kpemka has condemned the Delta Force attack, saying it has “created a scare on our political history” He maintained that such “unfortunate incident” should be nip in the bud to avoid future occurrence.