There is never a dull moment in Ghanaian politics, don’t you think; what with the scandal prone NPP providing daily fodder for its adversary, the groggy NDC.
Each day is pregnant with political intrigue of the most virulent brand, weird conspiracy theories, pernicious gossip and plots and counter-plots. The atmosphere in the nation’s capital, Accra, has the feel of a city under siege from warring factions.
Both major parties are equally adept at throwing mud, engaging in nasty politicking and trying their darnest to outdo each other in the race to win the hearts and minds of Ghanaian voters.
The NPP is fast learning to its disenchantment the difficulties inherent in governance, and the NDC still reeling from its 2016 election shellacking is exploiting the vast array of opportunities handed to it on a silver platter by the NPP to turn the tables on the latter.
To the casual observer, the ongoing political drama unfolding before our very eyes is nothing more than predictable, grinding, dirty, old politics; but to those of us who are political junkies, and watching from the sidelines, this is seventh heaven. The almost comical scenarios are riveting and hard to ignore.
So, along comes the latest scandal to hit Accra; the huge labor force employed at the presidency. The NPP is caught between a rock and a hard place. It literally brought the house down on its head with the startling revelation that the Flagstaff House has workers in excess of 900.
It should be recalled that while it was still in opposition, the party harshly and relentlessly savaged Mr. John Mahama for hiring more than 600 ghanaians to be at his beck and call. Now, shockingly, it has topped Mahama’s number.
It has now boiled down to a game of numbers with the NDC claiming without concrete evidence that those employed at the presidency far exceeds the number given by the NPP, and the government strenously denying the NDC’s assertion.
But it is obvious that the party is in a panic mood as evidenced by its frantic and somewhat desperate efforts to contain the public backlash that has ensued by concocting all manners of explanations.
However, none of the explanations offered by the likes of Mustapha Hamid and Dominic Nitiwul and other party mouth pieces or NPP affiliated talking heads on electronic media, appear to wash with the Ghanaian public. Ghanaians maybe gullible, but they are not suckers all the time; they are not buying the lame excuses.
People are miffed that their tax money is going to pay the salaries of workers who, they think, could be better used in rural schools spread around the country. Additionally, Ghanaians are flabbergasted, indeed stunned that the party which promised them a lean government is now directly contradicting its campaign message by creating a bloated bureaucracy and in the process, straining the nation’s precarious financial situation.
All in all, despite the glaring ineptitude and the attendant policy missteps of the ruling NPP, there is absolutely no need for its detractors to gloat over the party’s predicament. They should allow the NPP to wallow in its sorrows. Politics after all, is a good teacher.
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