The silence is at once stunning and bewildering, emanating as it were, from politically affiliated groups that once couldn't just clam up when John Dramani Mahama was President, but who have now seemingly "disappeared into thin air" amid the din about runaway corruption, nepotism and economic mismanagement.
Occupy Ghana (OG) and Let My Vote Count (LMVC) two civil society organizations that gained prominence during the tail end of the NDC administration, have steadfastly maintained a "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil" stance, a mystifying silence in the face of glaring violations of our laws by their financial sponsors and political masters.
Oh, but when Mahama was the head honcho, the big boy in town, it was a whole different ballgame. Occupy Ghana in particular, led by an Accra lawyer who fancies himself the very embodiment of Ghanaian jurisprudence, latched onto the dominant narrative at the time --- tarring Mahama with the corrupt acts of some of his ministers --- Gyeeda, SADA, Bus Branding, etc --- and did a marvelous hatchet job on the former president, culminating in his embarrassing electoral defeat and the resurrection of the political fortunes of now president, Nana Akuffo Addo.
Joining forces with OG and LMVC to continuously hammer Mahama and drive a political agenda more in tune with the then main opposition party were reputable members of the clergy and the Ghana Bar Association. They threw overboard the fundamental principle of political neutrality and openly vouched for the NPP. However, with manifold scandals surrounding Nana's administration, their guns have fallen silent.
That Occupy Ghana hadn't uttered a word about the financial boondoggles that have roiled the NPP and LMVC is yet to orchestrate a demonstration to highlight official graft, stem from political expediency, blind fealty and rank hypocrisy.
Ok, on Sunday, OG came out with a belated repudiation of the communications deal, the Kelni GVG contract. But lets take it for what it is worth, a feeble attempt to be relevant.
For these groups, in the service of God and country, partisanship takes center stage.