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Opinions of Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Columnist: Kwamena Aduonin Kakraba

COVID-19 in Ghana: Questions from a concerned patriot


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Those who appear busily occupied with insinuating, making the loudest noises and/or castigating Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and NPP government must do some genuine self-introspection and rethinking with regards to managing Covid-19 in Ghana.

Sound social interventions, economic and developmental initiatives, not surprisingly have taken a hit in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic response, the partial lockdown and its subsequent curtailment, at least for now, based on scientific considerations, rather than political.

The humble appeal to some Ghanaians, especially members, supporters and sympathizers of the opposition NDC, is for once, take off their opaque political lenses, and honestly analyze the pandemic with integrity, objectivity and supported by facts, and not through the figment of their wildest imaginations.

Seemingly important questions cannot be discounted.

1. How would have the past government coped with Covid-19 and the lockdown in the midst of extremely irregular power supply (dumsor) which Ghanaians suffered for more than three years?

2. How could an internationally recognized and acclaimed incompetent political party such as the NDC, provided or guaranteed the welfare of our people?

3. Are the members, supporters and sympathizers of the NDC and the past government not ashamed of recently revealed international scandals which involves government official one, some intermediaries, and by extension the NDC as a political party?

4. Is it just a coincidence that similar international scandals surfaced when the NDC government lost the general elections and left power in the year 2000, or corruption is simply in their DNA?

I have more cogent questions, but I am waiting for the NDC to provide more logical and convincing answers to those everyday health care, educational, social, cultural, economic, governance, developmental and existential problems facing our dear country.

In the absence of these constructive contributions, I suggest the NDC does not insinuate, shout from the top of a roof, or castigate president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and NPP government again.

As we fight Covid-19 together, my appeal to Ghanaians is to follow safety guidelines, and keep supporting initiatives that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and NPP government had designed to help the vulnerable and needy in our society.

As regards the NDC, they will continue to spew some untruths through populist machinations regardless. It will be partisan politics as usual, and it is aimed at gaining cheap political capital from every situation in Ghana.

We all witnessed the “dead goat” comment from a former president and the repercussions. We also witnessed the so-called unprecedented achievements touted shamelessly by “babies with sharp teeth”, and the rented press. Here too, the verdict is out there in plain sight for every objective minded person to see and to make informed judgement.

The solemn vow should be one protecting the gains made so far in Ghana since 2017, of which Ghanaians deserve.

The fraudulent branding of buses, the Airbus scandal, Aksa power generation plant just to mention a few, should remain constant reminders of the mess in which Ghana found itself in the past, and a repetition should not be allowed.

Obviously, now is the time to redeem Ghana’s image, reputation, and credibility within the global economy.

And yes, we can do it together devoid of political lenses and disjointed partisanship.

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