Parliament expresses concern over outbreak of CSM

By: Benjamin Mensah, GNA

 

Accra, April 6, GNA – Parliament on Thursday underlined urgent and pragmatic measures for effective check on Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) that has hit parts of the country.

A number of people are reported dead from the disease, which often strikes more in the Northern Belt, usually when the weather is very warm.

Two students were reported to have died in Bawku in the Upper East Region, while 11 have been admitted to hospital.

The two deceased were second-year science students of the Bawku Senior High School, and the Bawku Senior High Technical School.

In Kumasi, the autopsy reports have shown the cause of the ‘mysterious’ deaths of four students at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School at Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti Region has been found to be Meningitis.

Students of the school demonstrated against the school authorities demanding to go home following the deaths and almost clashed with police officers maintaining law order.

It is estimated that 62 people have died in parts of northern Ghana when the disease, that rages from November to April resurfaced.

Dr Mark Kurt Naawane, Member of Parliament (MP) for Nabdam, in a statement on the floor of the House, cited fever, headache and malaria as some of the symptoms.

He said the disease was caused by viral, fungal or bacterial infections.

He cautioned the public not to gather at densely populated areas as that could generate heat, which attracted the disease.

In a contribution, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, MP for Ledzokuku, a physician, noted that the infectious disease was found in Ghana and other parts of Africa, but early diagnosis was needed to put the illness in check.

He said CSM could be cured, but the late arrival of cases at the health institutions had been the cause death.

He said: ‘Doctors are there to cure diseases and not to raise the dead.’

Dr Boye said there was the need to make more vaccines available and make them more available to prevent the disease.

Other contributions recognised the need to enhance education on the disease in order to prevent it.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Meningitis outbreak kills nearly 270 in Nigeria: officials

Nigeria lies in the so-called

 

Abuja (AFP) – Nearly 270 people, most of them children, have died in the past five months during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit Nigeria, public health officials said Wednesday.

“Presently we have 1,828 suspected cases… and we have 269 deaths in about 15 states,” Olubunmi Ojo of the National Centre for Disease Control told local television.

At least five northern states — Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger — and the Federal Capital Territory have been hit hard and have crossed the threshold for an epidemic, she added.

Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, director of disease control at the federal ministry of health in Abuja, said those six states accounted for 1,090 infected people and 154 deaths.

“Zamfara State alone recorded 590 cases, out of which 29 people have died,” he told AFP.

Laboratory tests have confirmed that the disease was of a new Type C strain, he added.

The World Health Organization said on March 24 that children aged five to 14 were the most affected age group in this latest epidemic, accounting for about half of all reported cases.

A large-scale vaccination programme had begun, it added.

Nigeria lies in the so-called “meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, where outbreaks of the disease are a regular occurence.

The country and neighbouring Niger were both badly hit by meningitis outbreaks in 2015, when over 13,700 people were infected in six months, with more than 1,100 deaths.

Meningitis is caused by different types of bacteria, six of which can cause epidemics. It is transmitted between people through coughs and sneezes, and facilitated by cramped living conditions and close contact.

The illness causes acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord, with the most common symptoms being fever, headache and neck stiffness.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Ashaiman pupils cry over ‘toxic’ dump site near school

By: Elvis Washingon, citifmonline.com

Pupils of the Ashaiman Presby A and B basic schools, are appealing to the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly to close down a major refuse damp which is very close to the school.

According to the pupils, they have no choice than to go home earlier than the normal closing time due to the smoke that emanates from the dumping site.

Apart from that, they say they have to put up with house flies in their classrooms as a result of the proximity to the dumping site.

The pupils who spoke to Citi News noted that, the situation makes learning difficult and uncomfortable.

“We don’t feel like schooling here anymore because we don’t like the smell that comes from the dumping site as well as the houseflies and the smoke. All the time, we have to inhale the thick toxic smoke and be killing houseflies with our bare hands. Our school uniforms are always smelly because of the problem we face here. Just yesterday one of our friends collapsed because the smoke was very thick and it lasted all through our school hours” they complained

A teacher who spoke to Citi News on condition of anonymity also noted that, they have petitioned the Municipal Assembly several times but to no avail.

He said “our school often than not closes the kids earlier than the normal closing hours because even we the teachers just cannot take the smoke and the stench from the site. Most of us teachers are contemplating leaving the school because our health is at stake”

Meanwhile Citi News has gathered that the pupils last week staged a mini demonstration when the Greater Accra Regional Minister Ishmael Ashitey paid a working visit to Ashaiman.

They appealed to the Regional Minister to as a matter of urgency order the Assembly to relocate the dumping site since it is having a negative effect on their health.

Source: modernghana.com

How Ghanaians Are Being Poisoned With Noxious Mercury And Cyanide

By: Kwaku Badu

t is true that potential economic benefits (employment, tax revenues and development outcomes) can be derived from small-scale mining sector in Ghana.

We cannot also deny the fact that small-scale mining is a significant contributor to the economic and social well-being of many people and households in rural, remote, and poor communities in Ghana.

Nevertheless, the way small-scale mining sector is being managed in Ghana, it does not look favourable. The sector is being managed abysmally.

Apparently, the laws which govern the small-scale mining sector are somehow confused and inconsistent. Indeed, all the attention is basically being focused on the large-scale mining sector, leaving the small-scale mining sector at a substantial disadvantage.

To be quite honest, the regulators laissez faire leadership style may cost the nation dearly in the long run.

Having said that, in order to achieve the maximum benefit, it is extremely important that society as a whole must have an interest in promoting and strengthening the role of small-scale mining in national development.

In addition, the effective implementation of regulations and fortifications towards the developmental potential of the sector must be the topmost importance to the regulating authorities.

It must also be emphasised that societies at large may be both positively and negatively affected by small-scale mining.

The positive effects may include the promotion of efficient resource use, such as extracting ores from small deposits or from tailings, and thus providing the rural folks with incomes.

On the other hand, the negative effects may include, among other things, environmental degradation, water pollution, the release of mercury and other toxic and hazardous wastes into the free environment, and unforeseen social tensions that can lead to civil unrest.

And more so overlapping and conflicting laws, or laws and regulations that are not based on an understanding of the local context of small-scale mining, often hinder and erode the sector’s potential to contribute to sustainable development.

For instance, it is somewhat difficult to establish whether if the interests of the indigenous people are consistent with those of the small-scale miners.

And what is more, while some indigenous people may secure their livelihoods from small-scale mining, there may be other instances in which non-indigenous small scale miners (Chinese illegal miners) threaten the livelihoods of the indigenous people.

For instance, in spite of the fact that by law, only Ghanaians are allowed to obtain mining licenses for small-scale mining operations, “thousands” of Chinese and other foreigners are working in the small scale mining sector in Ghana.

“The involvement of the Chinese has changed the dynamics of small-scale mining,” the head of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, said in an interview.

“They use bulldozers, pay loaders and really heavy machinery. They have in fact mechanized artisanal mining and as a result the level of environmental devastation is huge.”

Worst of all, some greedy and unpatriotic Ghanaians are colluding with the Chinese illegal miners to forcibly dig our natural resources, destroy the environment and terrorise the rural folks.

Disappointingly, this illegal practice is making nonsense of the essence of the enactment of the small-scale mining laws.

Apparently, the small-scale mining law was promulgated to allow native Ghanaians to engage in small-scale mining legally, with a view to engaging them in a meaningful employment.

However, some obdurate Ghanaians have been abusing the small-scale mining law over the years. Sources have it that, often, Ghanaians would secure plots of land, and then go into partnership with the Chinese who have funds to bring in the bulldozers and all the other big equipment.

Obviously, there are lapses in the 1989 small-scale mining law (PNDCL 218). For example, the law states categorically that no licence for small-scale gold mining operation shall be granted to any person who is not a citizen of Ghana. Strangely, however, the same law allows a Ghanaian licence holder to seek logistics assistance from their foreign minions.

Consequently, some Ghanaian licence holders would more often than not go beyond the stated jurisdiction and involve the foreigners in the mining operations.

Indeed, the epochal violations of the small-scale mining law go to show that there is a break down in the sector. To me, the sector requires overhaul.

Let us face it, better data and policies are needed to get the sector back on track.

So, going forward, the 1989 small-scale mining law has to be amended. The amendments must make it unlawful for any Ghanaian to transfer small-scale mining licences to their foreign minions, and must also prohibit allocation of mining lands to the illegal miners.

The fact of the matter is that at the moment, the small-scale mining sector is in a complete mess. Thus, I will venture to propound that if possible, President Nana Akufo-Addo must suspend all the activities in the small-scale mining sector whilst the authorities restore sanity into the system.

Even though my commendation may seem extremely draconian, I am afraid, if proper care is not taken, some greedy and obnoxious Ghanaians will continue to denude the environment, pollute the water bodies and inadvertently poison Ghanaians with mephitic substances such as mercury and cyanide.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Liberia: MOH to Embark On Water Inspection

In the midst of the huge proliferation of Mineral Water Companies, the Ministries of Health, Commerce and Industries, Public Works and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are soon to embark on a vigorous inspection campaign.

Making the disclosure over the weekend at his Health Ministry’s Office, the Director for Division of Environmental and occupational Health, Director Dehwhen O. Yeabah said his division has the mandate to ensure the safe of drinking water in line with the public health law and the inspection will be done in collaboration with the Association of Liberia Water Producers (ALWP) to identify wanted companies and sub-standard companies.

Director Yeabah said the concern of sanitation at water producing cites have been key to his department and the ministry, adding that they have been working with couples of those companies to ensure that waste management is improve.

According to him, they have already served notice to several of those companies on the basis of waste management, “We have been working with Aqua Life, Oasis, York and couple of other water companies to have collaboration in improving the sector as it relates to sanitation, though they have not have the situation where companies have fail to corporate.

“We know that some of those companies are operating illegally in corners that we are not know of, but what method we have formulated is to form a taskforce which we have already developed the terms of reference what we will be during in the coming two weeks is to operationalize that task force which is comprised of the Ministries of Health as head, EPA and Commerce,” he said.

The health authority maintained that they are in the know that those legal mineral water companies are being strangulated by those companies that are not register with government, adding that they flood the market with alleged contaminated and polluted water, even though he said he cannot defense those legal companies, but he said the ministry has been working with them the they have improved they facilities.

He said during their inspection campaign, those illegal water companies will be ordered closed down, “But if you are legal companies but your facility is not up to standard, we give you time and if you fail to prepare your place after during our campaign for the second time, we ask the court to close you facility.

Director Yeabah mentioned that good working relationship with the Association of Liberia Water Producers (ALWP) and on the basis of that, they are asking nonregistered companies to register with the ALWP, with that, he said it will be easier for the ministry to identify them or else, they will be considered as splinter group.

Source: allafrica.com

More companies producing Cool Pac Sachet … Under the authority of Voltic Ghana Limited, FDA

By: Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi

 

It is now evident that Cool Pac sachet water, the 29 percent sachet water consuming public patronise, might have been produced by one of numerous sachet water producing companies in the country.

All Cool Pac sachet water bagged in Voltic branded bags are not produced by one single company, and, therefore, choice, as a right of the consumer, has thus been thrown to the dogs.

Discreet Chronicle investigations indicate that about 19 and more companies are producing 500 ml Cool Pac sachet water under the authority of Voltic Ghana Limited in the Ashanti regional capital alone.

The said manufacturing companies are said to be operating under a franchise obtained from Voltic under the nose of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), which has duly approved such deceitful productions.

The Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA), which is the regulatory body mandated by the Public Health Act to regulate the safety of food and drugs and others, has indicated that it has insufficient officers to conduct regular checks on sachet water producers.

The Chronicle has evidence that the franchised companies are producing 500 ml Cool Pac sachet water and bagged in Voltic branded receptacles for marketing and distribution in the metropolis.

Indications are that any Cool Pac sachet water a consumer buys is produced by one of the over 700 sachet water producers in the Ashanti Region under a Ghana Voltic Company franchise, and not necessarily coming from the plants of Voltic Ghana Company.

Consumers, who drew the attention of The Chronicle to the seeming deceit by Voltic Ghana Limited, said companies, which bag their products in in bags marked Voltic Cool Pac, have called on the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to take immediate steps to correct the anomaly, or face legal action for overseeing such deception at the expense of the health of the public.

“It is unthinkable for one product (Cool Pac sachet water with same branding and labeling) to be produced by as many as 20 companies under the authority and approval of Ghana Voltic Company and FDA respectively,” aggrieved Mrs. Belinda Fob, a business woman in Kumasi, complained.  She intends taking action against the FDA soon.

 

Source: modernghana.com

 

Most mosquito coils used in Ghana contain dangerous substances – Minister

 

 

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has expressed worry about the safety of most mosquito coils used in homes in the country.

He said most of the mosquito coils which have been banned in other parts of the world have found their way into the country and were being used in homes with disregard to safety instructions.

“Pesticides are a big problem, and I have personally seen some mosquito coils and sprays that are banned everywhere else in the world on the Ghanaian market.

“We know that some of the pesticides contain substances that are dangerous and toxic to marine cognisance … and we are burning these things and inhaling them,” Prof Frimpong-Boateng said during a meeting with officials of the Environmental Protection Agency in Accra.

The meeting was part of a working visit to the EPA to fraternise with staff and management.

He said the instructions that went with the mosquito coils required that when it was lighted in a room, the doors and windows should be closed for some time after which they were opened to allow air into the room before one could sleep in it.

However, the adverts say different things; sometimes urging people to sleep with the coils because they smell nice and one could inhale the smoke.

He said: “Our fight against the mosquito should start from the environment – we should get rid of the breeding sites so the mosquito will not get a chance even to multiply. Clean environment is very important”.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said it was only a clean environment that would help clear mosquitoes and not pesticides which also had their negative effects on people’s health.

“We have the obligation to change this country and if we are not able to do it I don’t think we can expect any other generation to do it… EPA has a strong hand in this exercise in helping keep a clean environment,” the Minister said.

“If we have the discipline to clean the environment we will have the discipline to improve our industry, improve agriculture and everything else,” he said, and called on the public to also separate waste in the homes.

 

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com

Outdoor air pollution tied to millions of preterm births

Scientists have published a major study that links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.
Credit: © jzehnder / Fotolia

Scientists have published a major study which links outdoor air pollution with 2.7 million preterm births per year.

The study, which was led by a team from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York, found that in 2010, about 2.7 million preterm births globally — or 18 per cent of all preterm births — were associated with outdoor exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

PM2.5 is especially harmful to human health, as it can penetrate deep inside the lungs.

Results suggest that addressing major sources of PM2.5 – from diesel vehicles, to agricultural waste-burning, could save babies’ lives and improve health outcomes.

When a baby is born preterm (at less than 37 weeks of gestation), there is an increased risk of death or long-term physical and neurological disabilities.

In 2010, an estimated 14.9 million births were preterm — about 4-5 per cent of the total in some European countries, but up to 15-18 per cent in some African and South Asian countries. Scientists say the human and economic costs are enormous.

There are many risk factors for preterm birth — from the mother’s age, to illness, to poverty and other social factors. Recent research has suggested that exposure to air pollution could also be a risk factor.

A new study published in the journal Environment International for the first time quantifies the global impact by combining data about air pollution in different countries with knowledge about how exposure to different levels of air pollution is associated with preterm birth rates.

“This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly — it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb,” said Chris Malley, a researcher in SEI’s York Centre, at the University of York, and lead author of the study.

“Preterm births associated with this exposure not only contribute to infant mortality, but can have life-long health effects in survivors.”

“This study adds an important new consideration in measuring the health burden of air pollution and the benefits of mitigation measures,” he said.

The largest contribution to global PM2.5-associated preterm births was from South Asia and East Asia, which together contributed about 75 per cent of the global total.

India alone accounted for about one million of the total 2.7 million global estimate, and China for about another 500,000. Western sub-Saharan Africa and the North Africa/Middle East region also had particularly high numbers, with exposures in these regions having a large contribution from desert dust.

“There is uncertainty in these estimates because the concentration-response function we used is based mainly on studies in the United States and Europe,” Malley said.

“Not only don’t we know whether the relationship is the same at much higher concentrations, such as those found in some Indian or Chinese cities, but the prevalence of other risk factors also varies considerably.

“Expectant mothers in many places are also exposed to high levels of indoor pollution from cooking smoke. Resolving these uncertainties will require more studies in these countries and regions.”

“To reduce the PM2.5 problem, you need to control many different sources, but in many developing countries, certain emission sources dominate,” said Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, co-author of the study, SEI’s Policy Director.

“This includes emissions from cooking with biomass fuels (which is also associated with very harmful indoor pollution), diesel vehicles and other transport, and particles emitted when agricultural residues are burned in fields.”

“In a city, maybe only half the pollution comes from sources within the city itself — the rest will be transported there by the wind from other regions or even other countries. That means that often regional cooperation is needed to solve the problem.,” Kuylenstierna added.

“Our colleagues from countries such as Ghana, Peru, Nigeria and Bangladesh have highlighted the importance of air pollution impacts on health as a motivation for reducing emissions,” Kuylenstierna added. “Knowing that reducing outdoor air pollution could help reduce preterm births provides a compelling new reason to invest in mitigation measures.”

 

Source: sciencedaily.com

Newmont committed to the health and welfare of local communities

 

Newmont Ghana says it is committed to transparently engaging and partnering with local communities to improve lives and mitigate impacts associated with its operations.

In line with the Company’s purpose to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining, Newmont welcomes all well-intentioned input to enhance mining’s benefits to local communities.

Paul Sowley, Newmont Ghana’s Senior Director for Sustainability and External Relations, in response to allegations in certain media outlets based on reports developed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), WACAM and Ford Foundation says “Protecting and promoting the health and welfare of our employees and local communities is a top priority for us.

“We are currently studying the accuracy of the reports and will provide further information once we complete the review,” said Mr. Sowley. “Our review will include following up with the reports’ authors to better understand their data collection, analysis and assessment methods, which seem to lack the scientific rigour to support their conclusions.”

Impact mitigation
Newmont Ghana’s mitigation programmes in Ahafo, namely the Agricultural Improvement and Land Access Programme, Vulnerable Peoples’ Programme and Skills Development Improvement Programme, have supported more than 10,000 people.

In addition, the Company has installed new wells, monitored ground water supplies, improved sanitation and worked closely with local communities on monitoring and protecting water quality.

In addition, the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation which has accrued more than Gh¢54.2million, is positively enhancing lives with the award of over 8,000 scholarships, 100 infrastructure projects (including schools, libraries, health facilities and potable water projects). The Foundation also has given out micro-credit support to approximately 1,500 beneficiaries, most of them women.

Gender mainstreaming
Newmont has undertaken deliberate efforts to empower women in all spheres of development. From its inception, the Ahafo mine instituted a gender mainstreaming policy to guide all social development interventions.

In addition to the formation of a Women Consultative Committee, which has had tremendous impact on women in the 10 host communities, there has been an appreciable level of inclusion of women in the local economy.

It is worthy to note that more than 40 percent of the scholarships and 98 percent of the micro-credit beneficiaries have been women.

Newmont recognizes that there remain opportunities to improve lives and mitigate impacts. Through ongoing, transparent and responsible partnership with local communities, the company will help create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining.

 

Source: modernghana.com

Ghana’s Open-Defecation Democracy Unbelievably Disgusting!

 

In this day and age many Ghanaian children study under trees where they are constantly exposed to the elements.

Many a child who is just fortunate to study in brick-and-mortar classrooms does so in deathtrap.

Those six unfortunate children who died recently, those several others who unfortunately died yesteryear, just yesterday, all did so—sadly—in what seemed like rejected ectopic pregnancies of cold deathtraps and sweltering slave ships that also pass for authentic brick-and-mortar classrooms.

Yet we know who the slimy perpetrators of these heinous crimes are, these shameless and hypocritical moirologists called politicians.

Leadership crises, gross mismanagement of the public purse, institutional corruption, and political wickedness are the grand ghost authors of the mournful, harmful obituaries of these innocent children.

These wicked politicians have taken to writing the obituaries of innocent Ghanaian children even before they are born, burying the future of these children in the ashes of bitterness.

And yet these shameless, wicked politicians build strings of castles and mansions to the tune of tens of millions of dollars—for themselves.

And yet these shameless, wicked politicians buy a fleet of expensive cars for themselves.

They even steal some of these expensive for their private use.

Yes, the taxpayer’s money, that is it—the secret to the material success of political mortician.

The wicked politician’s growing fat at the expense of the taxpayer. This is to say, the taxpayer’s hard-earned money foots the humongous bills of his children’s premature and preventable deaths, such as happened in the case of the six children—their angelic souls should rest in peace rather than in pieces—and others’ orchestrated obituaries at the hands of the politician, and the like.

The wicked politician is indeed a bloodsucker, a scheming leech with an effective scolex. The alleged discerning taxpayer, we are consistently told, knows the politician inside out and yet he goes all the way to vote the same politician into office—year in, year out.

For instance, maintenance cost for the fleet of cars kept at the presidency and the fuel for this fleet of cars, Oh Ghana, are borne by the poor hardworking taxpayer.

While the taxpayer grows anorexic on account of his political immaturity and ignorance, while expectant mothers cry out for medications and beds, while the nation’s networks of rutty and rusty and unmotorable roads continue to remain highly accessible burial grounds for citizens, while open defecation elevates Ghana to the seventh dirtiest country on the planet, while unemployment and institutional corruption gnaw at the soul of the nation, these wicked sybaritic politicians continue to live extravagantly while feeding the citizenry on fact lies.

In fact the taxpayer is totally lost in the misty dustiness of abject ignorance. The wicked politician, on the other hand, is a dead wood in the thick of absolute coldness and, as well, floating in the limbo of stupidity and, once again, this, as far as his lack of scientific and technocratic grasp of the intricacies of nation-building building is concerned.

Why won’t both then be caught up in the quagmire of accelerated arrested development? The taxpayer is afraid of, and thus stands in absolute awe of the redoubtable political superstition built around the all-powerful politician, the ruling class.

Now, we are being told that the descendants of those who vigorously yet avowedly resisted or campaigned against independence for the Gold Coast are going to spend millions to celebrate Ghana’s sixtieth anniversary.

The Ghana@60 logo which Akufo-Addo unveiled recently is being linked to another shameful act of international plagiarism—allegedly, and this, coming after the infamous international plagiarism vis-à-vis his inaugural speech.

Scheming, clueless Akufo-Addo says “corporate Ghana in particular will provide the funds for the anniversary.”

Oh yes, the man is not clueless after all. He actually knows what he is doing.

Payback time to party loyalists and financiers, we guess! The National Democratic Party (NDC) did it. Vicious circle! Politics of equalization! And so the New Patriotic Party must also do it.

And when two elephants fight, the grass-taxpayer suffers dearly and bears the brunt of the elephantine tussle.

Why corporate Ghana in particular?
What terms define this quid pro quo? In other words what does corporate Ghana stand to gain?

Which specific entities within “corporate Ghana” are going to foot the bill for the anniversary?

Are their names going to be made accessible to the public?

And the issue of conflict of interest: Are these entities affiliated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in any way?

Did they contribute to Akufo-Addo’s campaign?

Will the government award them sole-source or no-bid contracts in exchange for footing the bill for the anniversary?

Transparency and accountability and probity should guide this controversial decision of asking “corporate Ghana” to provide the funds for the anniversary.

For this is not the time to turn our fragile open-defecation democracy into or entrench the politics of the belly, prebendalism, crony capitalism, and kleptomaniacal corruption.

Do we know that in our beloved country, as in hell, corporate Ghana is the insensitive politician’s partner-in-crime, an underground economy that deals in and warehouses reprobate public corruptocrats, political criminals and murderous thieves?

In Ghana more particularly, thus, the Orwellian doublespeak of the political or ruling class threatens to contaminate the moral fabric of society, for better or for worse.

You look up, when the politician decrees otherwise. Such is the trendy character of political realism in Ghanaian politics.

Property-owning democracy for social democracy!
Social democracy for property-owning democracy!
Political thieves and criminals are celebrities and saints and angels.

Celebrities and saints and criminals are political thieves and criminals.

In Ghanaian politics the end always justifies the means.

In Ghanaian politics correlation does always imply causation.

Mahama for Akufo-Addo.
Akufo-Addo for Mahama.
The same nauseating local stench, nothing changes.
Though the political and ideological colors are in plain white and black, there exist no nuances between our pied open-democracy, there exist no subtleties in the stale sandwich we call schadenfreude duopoly.

The Ghanaian politician who feels he is invisible and untouchable and redoubtable, and is over the moon so long as he succeeds in wrecking havoc on his country, is also an epitome of mediocrity, stupidity and shame, and a disgrace to human intelligence.

The Ghanaian politician is undeserving of human society, a threat to human civilization and moral decency, and thus he must be banished from any civilized society. His political mind falls outside the responsible profile of moral quantum, a fixture of his mental landscape antithetical to the progressive profile of transparency, accountability and probity.

The Ghanaian politician is therefore an endangered species that must be forced into extinction, into perpetual retirement, just so he will no longer pose a threat to himself and his society.

The national flag:
He has reduced “green” to a desert.
He has turned “yellow,” the gold, to foreign interests on the cheap.

He has turned “the black star” over to internal colonialism and economic slavery.

He has turned “red” into tears of blood for those citizens perpetually trapped in a vicious circle of social-economic hardship.

The national flag he has turned into a used toilet paper!

We shall return with Part 2, the concluding segment.

REFERENCES
Ghanaweb. “Ghana@60 Celebration To Cost GHC20m.” February 10, 2016.

 

Source: modernghana.com