There is this saying from early ages that goes thus, “if the owner of the farm tarries unnecessarily in identifying a thief, the thief will conveniently label the owner of the farm as the thief”.
This saying, will aptly describe the latest disingenuous attempt by the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who are desperately trying every trick in the book to hang the Airbus corruption scandal on the neck of ex-president John Dramani Mahama, but as president Akufo-Addo, said last year to parry corruption allegations against him and his family members, “this dog (Mahama) cannot be hanged”
It is Peter Tosh, who sung that, if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones. No government in the history of the Fourth republic can compete with the current administration, when it comes to corruption.
Until, the coming into office of the Akufo-Addo government, one can safely say that, there was honour among thieves, but now there is competition in corruption.
The scandals are too many, Ghanaians have lost track of them, it got so serious last year that, someone had to beg them, to allow one scandal to last a week, before the next one.
If this government can be credited for anything good, it is that, it is bested in corruption.
When all you have is a cloth around your waste, you do not indulge in certain games, but not the NPP, who think they are smart and so can steal and get away with it.
After the fallout from the Airbus bribery scandal, the criminals, started singing and behaving holier than thou, when in fact a year old kid, knows who the real thieves are.
The NPP, should never have been the first to cast the stone, it is because the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for whatever reason are also behaving like the owner of the farm, who is afraid to point to the thief in his farm.
Those who have perfected the art of stealing, should be the last to point accusing fingers at those who are trying to be what and who they are not.
In the life of his administration, you would expect that president Akufo-Addo, would make the famous byword of one of his campaign promises that is, if you want to make money, don’t join his government, go into the private sector really stick.
But time without number there have been occasions tempting enough for one to assume that our president is not only supervising corruption, but actually encouraging it.
In a government vigorously waving the banner of fighting corruption, including establishing the Office of Special Prosecutor, you would expect Akufo-Addo, not to close his eyes, for instance, to the fact that corruption, has become so attractive in his government, his appointees are racing against each other, as to who is most corrupt.
Strictly interpreting, change means that you want to do things differently from past administrations, not to beat them at it.
Unfortunately, president Akufo-Addo, is home with corruption and corrupt people. The pattern is now familiar and has repeated itself over and over again, to the extent that, he has been nicknamed; clearing agent.
Remember the first scandal to hit his government and how it was handled, the sale of Bulk Oil Storage Transport (BOST) contaminated fuel, which was sold to an unknown entity. Even before the investigation could be concluded by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the president had cleared Alfred Obeng of any wrongdoing.
This pattern repeated itself in the Cash for Seat scandal. Parliament, had been task to investigate the issue, people, including the minister of Trade and Industry, Allan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, had been invited to give account of their role, but before the committee, could conclude with even interrogating the witnesses, the president, jumped in front of the line to say, nothing untoward had happen, sending a clear signal to the majority members of the committee, as to where they allegiance lie.
Then there was the Ameri novation deal that claimed the minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, after the embarrassment of an epic proportion, all the president told us was that, he was misled, he failed to mention to Ghanaians, who misled him.
I don’t think I have enough space and ink to itemise the corrupt scandals that have been the stock in trade of this administration, the latest one, which cannot escaped being mentioned is the issue of the missing excavators.
Only people, who do not fear God, and have no scintilla of conscience, will confiscate excavators from people, who are engaged in illegal activity, would turn round to sell the ceased excavators to themselves, it simply doesn’t add up.
This cannot be explained to anyone to understand the rationale behind the move. It baffles me that thieves, who are certified in the act, will accuse their opponents of what they are trying not to be.
The NPP’s pronouncement after the details of the Airbus bribey scandal was released portrays them, not just as people who have estranged relationship with truth, but also as people who are overly insensitive.
No sensible, self-valuing Ghanaian should risk their reputation and honour to praise anything this administration does because every “positive” action has proven to be a lame attempt to cover up an egregious act of corruption on the part of the same characters pretending to take corrective action.
In some cases, the “positive” action was a cynical ploy to manipulate, deceive, and distract from ongoing scandals, or to simply quieten a growing storm of public anger. There is no underlying sincerity of purpose or integrity.
A government that coyly but unabashedly seeks to reap public relations dividends from covering up its own corruption through pretended action and feigned ignorance is beyond corrupt.
A government that manipulates the anxieties of citizens by spinning negatives into positives is unworthy of empathetic understanding and benefits of the doubt. It is fundamentally disrespectful of the citizens on whose behalf it exists and acts.