My name is Akosua Frema Prempeh and I am running for President of Ghana. I am seeking a one term mandate from Ghanaians to cleanup the mess the NDC and the NPP have created. Our country sits on the edge of violence continuously because of mutual suspicion and mistrust between these two parties.
I am not a practising politician although if it’s about flaunting a degree as a political scientist I could offer one. That is not what our country needs. Are we not tired of stereotyped borrow speeches and political machismo? Our country needs practical sense or common sense if you will.
We need selfless leadership dedicated to the need of building a harmonious country for our children and great grandchildren. It is true that we will always have our difference but as civilised people, we need to talk and let the law be in the middle to judge our motives and actions.
Presently, our country is dying from sectional interest; tribal interest, partisan interest and self interest. The NDC and the NPP never see an eye to eye on anything except when they are discussing emoluments and ex-gratia for themselves, then all hostilities vanish and they are one people with one common destiny — money. The suspicions and mistrust are all suddenly gone.
These things must end!
But these things can only end when all Ghanaians uphold the law as supreme. The law must be made to work. I am waiting for the day the police will charge some prominent member of our country with obstruction of justice. That law is put in books, yet the police allow politicians and others to break it and get away with it.
Hear them, ‘he is one of our boys let him go.’
Our laws can only work when all and sundry repose confidence in those who keep the law. But how do we repose such confidence when you see bribes blatantly offered and accepted? Who can stand the acidic test of moral aptitude and be counted? I am sure there are many of such fine ladies and gentlemen in our country. But such fine characters shudder at the trade of insults and threats in the public space
I can say without any fear of contradiction that, the only difference between Ghana and all developed countries in the world is law enforcement or lack of it, and nothing else. It’s not corruption, or stealing in high places, it’s not a deficiency in our stock of intellectual capital, it’s the want of making our laws work by enforcing them.
This country is full of law abiding citizens otherwise we would have gone to ruin. People would go their way and offer help to total strangers, not for money nor for gratitude, it’s just their way of life. Such people need leadership to provide them the peace they deserve and not the threats of their existence revisited every four years. They need our law enforcement agencies to be professionals and effective to check the few who believe that it pays to break the law.
The function of law is to regulate and harmonise human behaviour by assisting petty minds to reform. Those unable to change are sanctioned through reform process in our penitentiaries. We can not continue to reward the few who break the law continually and expect others to tow the line.
The law does not have to wait for it to be broken before we collect it from the shelves and wave at offenders. The law must operate as our traffic lights blink at motorists in perpetuity. The law like real love, must be blind to the status of the individual as a member of this country. It is then that everyone will repose confidence in its adjudication.
When we look at our roads today, majority of those who break traffic rules are politicians in cross county vehicles. They activate their hazards, ignite fake sirens and take the side of the road meant for other users regardless of the threat of mortality to a tax payer, whose hard earned money is paying for the petrol and vehicle he rides. Ghanaians have rightly christened these law breakers as ‘god is coming’ drivers. They indeed behave as gods of our land as the police look on helplessly.
A young man recently was heard on radio asking when citizens in our country become above the law, and humorously answered that, it’s when you become a politician, sadly, he is right.
If politicians can arrogate such power to themselves in public space in the presence of the police, what can’t they do in their private offices when no one is watching.
We are all sitting on tenterhooks in this country as the topical issue of vigilantism threatens to tear us apart.
I have heard many well-meaning Ghanaians insisting that the phenomenon be banned and banished. I think that such suggestions, however well-meaning, is not the answer. You cannot ask someone with genuine or perceived fear of robbers not to protect his property. He would do anything to protect his interest and not any law can stop him unless the threat is found out and destroyed. If society decides to enact a law banning citizens from protecting their properties by whatever means possible without offering a solutions, such law would be contested and superseded either through the appropriate channels or through the individual’s appeal to God.
The NDC’s fear of the electoral process next year recently found expression in the Ayawaso election. Either the fear is genuine or dreamed up, is not the question. We have to sit down and solve the problem and stop appealing morals. Whose morals are we talking about?… the Christian or Moslem and how about the traditional religionist?
And what if this morality is corrupted? Our electoral process must be transparent to ensure fairness. The NDC must know what they talk about because the NPP also expressed such disquiet once upon a time when they were in the wilderness of political opposition.
The answer from where I sit is to make the referees of our electoral system truly independent.
In January 2021 when I take office, the executive arm of government will cease to be the appointing agency of the Inspector General of Police, the Electoral Commissioner and the Public Prosecutor. These heads of vital institutions will be voted for by the people of this country from thence.
I hate to hear insults politicians heap on the police with the attendant ‘ I don’t trust the police!’ diatribe.
How are we going to live on this country if we don’t trust the very people who are to protect us? I will campaign from house to house if need be to make the needed changes in our constitution for practical reforms. Power belongs to the people, let the people decide who runs the police service, the electoral office and who help us fight corruption. Let the people decide either to renew such mandates after an agreed period of time. Let the people decide which political grouping is law abiding and which practices the law of the jungle. And woe betides any law agency who turns a blind eye to crime because of any consideration.
My name is Akosua Frema Prempeh and I am running for president of our country in 2020. I will outline my detailed manifesto in the coming weeks. Ghana needs a Yaa Asantewaa in 2020 to fight the war the men have neglected.