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Opinions of Monday, 7 September 2015

Columnist: Daily Guide Network

Exposing the fault lines


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Matters arising from the untimely death of Samuel Nuamah are as instructive as they are interesting. No death of an individual has arguably provoked so much thought and questions in street discourse as Samuel Numah’s.

Only the death of the late President John Evans Atta Mills outdoes the journalist’s in terms of questions, many of which might never be answered. It is a plot engineered to be so anyway. There is no wonder therefore that the more questions that are posed the more distant we are away from the truth.

A presidential staffer is reported to have snatched the mini-recorder of a journalist and destroyed it in the full glare of others. Many days elapsed before this development found space in the public domain. There has been a deliberate effort to keep this detail under the carpet. We thought the gentleman should have done better than that in protecting the image of the presidency which he represents wherever he goes. Perhaps he was seized at the time of the inappropriate conduct by a momentary attack of amnesia so much so that he lost grip of the ABC of being a presidential staffer.

Perhaps he was counting on the support of his allies in a section of the media to cover the nasty spectacle and so went the full hog to deal with the journalist. Unfortunately, we have heard it and even learnt about how some officials in the state-run broadcaster sought to have the story killed – never to see the light of day. For them the dignity of the journalist so humiliated by the Flagstaff staffer was immaterial. How sad! Mr. President might have to take another look at how such persons are not mindful about their conduct and how this is not impacting positively on his high office.

It is the untimely demise of Samuel Nuamah which is exposing the fault lines. As for the details of the bus on which the gentleman was traveling with other colleagues when death laid its icy hands on him, it is a can of worms which lid is gradually giving way.

The contents of the can have been tampered with on purpose: otherwise why is it proving a challenge to establish the ownership of the killer bus?

When accidents occur there are procedures to follow. These include having the said vehicle tested by the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) to isolate technical deficiencies which could have led to the accident.

With the vehicle virtually vanishing into thin air and its details in the registry of automobiles non-existent any longer, we are light years away from knowing the owner.

For some the offer of a six-foot grave to contain the mortal remains of the deceased is more important than finding out what caused the accident and who owns the killer vehicle.

Answers to the nagging questions? We might never know.

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