4 July 2014

Ghana: NDC, Watch That Tribal Jingoism!

editorial

There is a type of tribal chauvinism sweeping through the National Democratic Congress grassroots that must be seriously watched and properly handled by the party leadership.

Any time President John Dramani Mahama removes some of his appointees, their communities and fellow tribesmen back home rise up in arms, threatening all manner of reprisals if their man was not given back his post with immediate effect. Such parochial agitations have occurred in the Northern, Western and Volta Regions.

In the case of the Western Region the people of Akropong protested loudly when their man was removed as the Minster of Local Government. If our memory serves us right, this agitation was led by the NDC regional executive itself. They claimed that Mr. Akwasi Oppong Fosu had won a parliamentary for the NDC in a very difficult constituency in the last election and they feared his removal as Minister could cause the party's defeat next time.

President Mahama, with an eye on a possibly difficult second term campaign, in the light of the current economic difficulties, was left with no choice but to re-assign Mr. Fosu. The current "we no go gree" shouts are from the Anlo division of the Volta Region over the removal of Mr. Clement Kofi Humado as the Minister of Agriculture. President Mahama is yet to react.

The Chronicle finds these "leave-our-man-alone" protests patently selfish and nauseating should not be countenanced. In the Volta case Mr. Humado was replaced with another Voltarian, Mr. Fifi Kwetey, as the Agric Minister. That should be a cause for joy not aluta.

Or are the Anlos saying that they are the only community in the Volta region who should chop from the ministerial sweet pot? And are the NDC who are happily enthroning such a precedent also saying that once a President makes an appointment, his hands are tied and he cannot have a change of mind for whatever reason? Preposterous!

Regrettably, there does not seem to be any hope that the NDC leadership can stem this ugly situation; because members of the national executive have been involved in similar vociferous agitation before. General-Secretary Asiedu Nketsiah led the pack the other day in the ill-thought-out media agitation for the re-instatement of the 'Twea' DCE, someone whose initial embarrassment of the party had been overlooked by the President but went further to rob salt into the injury.

The buck, as in all other instances, must stop on your desk, Mr. President. The Chronicle, the only Spear of the Nation, encourages you to fire all the "fireables", once you deem it necessary in the national interest. Yes, you are looking for a second term and you need the support of all NDC members, but that is no reason why you should become the byword for being "a reed in the wind", bending whichever way the breeze blows you. Obey the wind?

Besides, an aggrieved community can always be appeased with a project that benefits all its members and not the pockets of just a few of them. In any case the presidential retirement benefit is the same, whether one served only one or 10 terms. What can never be the same is the reputation one leaves behind. Locally and internationally! A word to the Wise ...

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