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Statement by New Patriotic Party

Comment: LET'S MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY NON-POLITICAL

Author:
OTCHERE DARKO
Date:
2010-04-08 05:54:39
Comment to:
Statement by New Patriotic Party


In every country public officers are audited, investigated and prosecuted where necessary as part of the system of accountability needed to create efficiency, probity and public morality within the public sector.

In almost all of the advanced countries, including Britain and America, whose systems of governance Ghana has borrowed a lot, these checks, audits, investigations and prosecutions, where necessary, go on all the time BUT they DO NOT create the feeling of "vendetta" and accusations of "witch-hunting".

WHAT IS IT THAT THESE COUNTRIES DO THAT GHANA DOES NOT DO THAT MAKES OUR SYSTEM PRONE TO ACCUSATIONS?

OR WE MAY ASK IT DIFFERENTLY:

WHAT IS IT THAT GHANA DOES THAT THE ADVANCED COUNTRIES WHOSE SYSTEMS WE COPY DO NOT DO WHICH MAKES THEIR SYSTEMS WORK WITHOUT THE "TAINT" OF ACCUSATIONS OF VENDETTA AND WITCH-HUNTING?

My answer to the above two questions is a slight evasion of the two questions themselves and, rather, a blame of our culture of "BLANK-COPYING".

IN OTHER WORDS, OUR SYSTEM IS CREATING SUSPICION THAT IS ERODING ITS CREDIBILITY BECAUSE WE COPY IN TOTO FROM THESE COUNTRIES WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OF OUR "GHANAIAN NATURE".

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY SYSTEM, OUR DEED-ROOTED ETHNICITY, OUR LOW LEVEL OF GENERAL EDUCATION, OUR POOR COMMUNICATION, THE HIGH LEVEL OF GENERAL POVERTY, OUR MULTIFARIOUS CULTURE AND OUR INHERITED "COLONIAL MENTALITY".....ALL MAKE GHANA'S CIRCUMSTANCES DIFFERENT.

* WHAT WORKS IN AMERICA OR BRITAIN WILL CERTAINLY NOT WORK IN GHANA BECAUSE OF THE THE DIFFERENT FACTORS OUTLINED ABOVE.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE CANNOT CREATE A CABINET MEMBER-TYPE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO PROSECUTES ON BEHALF OF THE STATE AND EXPECT THE "GHANAIAN ATTORNEY GENERAL" NOT TO BE PARTISAN.

WE CANNOT VEST SUCH HUGE AND NEARLY-ABSOLUTE POWERS IN THE PRESIDENT AND NOT TO EXPECT HIM TO "MISUSE" SUCH POWERS WITH IMPUNITY.

WE CANNOT CREATE INSTITUTIONS LIKE "THE COUNCIL OF STATE" WITH LARGE NUMBERS OF 'PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES' AND EXPECT THEM TO GIVE "INDEPENDENT ADVICE" TO THE PRESIDENT.

WE CANNOT CREATE BODIES LIKE THE CHRAJ, BNI, SFO, POLICE SERVICE, JUDICIAL SERVICE, AUDIT SERVICE, ETC, WHOSE HEADS ARE APPOINTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY THE PRESIDENT AND STILL EXPECT THESE BODIES TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE EXECUTIVE WHILE THEY ARE STILL IN OFFICE.

When you transplant the American or British system of accountability into Ghana....where people join parties just to derive personal benefits; where people vote on tribal lines; where family members expect their "family man" in government to "see family members first"; where social "taxes" like "funeral donations" and "extended family dues"; where we inherited the colonial mentality that "bigness means big money", etc, then you must expect the system to be abused to make room for all these considerations.

* IF THE ON-GOING CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMISSION WILL DO ITS WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE NATION'S WELL-BEING, THEN LET IT EXAMINE ALL THESE "IMPORTED SYSTEMS OF GOVERNANCE" AND LET THEM REDESIGN THEM TO SUIT THE GHANAIAN PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

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04-08 02:00
DON`T CARE !!!
04-08 02:00
 
 
 
LET'S MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY NON-POLITICAL
OTCHERE DARKO
04-08 05:54