Ghana’s Political Future

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Ghana’s search for political and economic stability since independence has been characterised by bloodshed, imprisonment and victimisation, for which both civilian and military governments have been responsible.

Therefore, if the new government enters into a witch-hunting exercise, similar to that of President Hilla Limann’s administration, then Ghanaians can be sure of finding it difficult to consolidate eight years of constitutional rule, which they have striven to defend.

Limann, unable to deliver his promises, was also faced with an internal struggle and became a stooge of power-hungry and self-seeking PNP functionaries. Instead of embarking on political and economic programmes, which could have prevented the December 31, 1981 coup, the PNP was preoccupied with hunting for potential coup plotters.

Since then, Ghana has moved on politically. Ghanaians should now accept that there couldn’t be any economic miracle without the patience, sacrifice and hard work they demonstrated for almost two decades.

The security forces, the media and politicians must exhibit professionalism by working beyond party lines. They should give priority to national issues as well as unite all spectrum of society rather than create political barriers that serve personal interests.

Anything short of this will likely make the economic and political foundation erected by hardworking Ghanaians crumble.

First published in the West Africa Magazine (Letters,  5 February 2001, Issue No. 4261, p.8)


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