15 October 2012

Ghana: Nana Meets Rawlings - Political Maturity

Photo: Nana Rawlings Website
Former President Jerry John Rawlings and wife Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings.


The country's political scene has witnessed some very significant developments over the past few weeks, with the most conspicuous being the historic meeting between former President Rawlings and the leader of the main opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Also significant was the resignation of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings from the National Democratic Congress to lead the newly-formed National Democratic Party (NDP) in the December elections.

To many, these developments will have significant implications for the two front-runners of this year's presidential election, save those who deliberately choose to ignore it.

After last Thursdays' meeting between Nana Addo and former President Rawlings, there have been various permutations as to whose advantage the historical meeting will play to, as the various parties go into the elections in December.

The Chronicle would, for now, resist the temptation of wading into these permutations, but rather look at the importance of that meeting towards building the foundations for a reputable multiparty democracy.

Over the period, Ghana has established herself as a shining example of democracy among its peers on the African continent, having conducted five elections devoid of violence, and widely accepted as free and fair.

But, despite these successes, the conduct of political activities in the country often leaves much to be desired. They are often fraught with vile propaganda, acrimony and wicked vilification.

The country has recorded some violent political clashes over the period, as a result of lack of tolerance for opposing views. Persons who share different political ideologies are often considered enemies who should not be tolerated, even if their contributions or suggestions work together for the national good.

We learnt with surprise that some elements in the ruling National Democratic Congress are looking for the opportunity to hang their founder for opening himself up to meeting his political opponent.

One would have thought that a party that prides itself of being more democratic than the word would be, would capitalize on that meeting to drum home how democratic and tolerant the party is.

It is also quite interesting that the NDC only sees the negatives of that meeting than what it does to the overall development of the country's democracy.

In any case, who can fault Mr. Rawlings if he now decides to correct the wrongs he might have inflicted on the good people of Ghana?

Issues of corruption and the manner in which huge sums of monies are doled out to party members stare in the face of the NDC as it goes into the December elections, and the earlier they put their house in order, the better.

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