The Auditor-General, Mr. Johnson Akuamoah-Asiedu and the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame

A few months ago, on this page in the Daily Graphic, I confessed my admiration for Godfred Dame. He is one Attorney-General who literally pulls burning logs out of conflagrations. Leading formidable batteries of lawyers from the Office, he has, with superior legal arguments, caused judges to reverse decisions in cases, including hopeless ones in which judgements have already been pronounced against Ghana. Terrific lawyer.

If I were President, he would be in my Cabinet. That Cabinet would also include Dan Botwe (this man should run for President!), Bernard Okoe-Boye, former MP for Ledzokuku and former Deputy Health Minister (his calm efficiency); Kyei Mensah Bonsu (sharp legal brains for a man who is not a lawyer); Abdulai Jinapor, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and Mohammed Awal, the Tourism Minister who audaciously calls the future into being, predicting tourism arrivals and receipts, and getting them right on the day.

But Godfred Dame is breaking my heart. In a letter to the Auditor-General, he is, to all intents, constructions, and purposes, ordering the Auditor-General to pull down from the department’s website the report of the special audit on the Government’s COVID-19 transactions because the publication was premature, not having gone through Parliament.

I don’t law but I suspect he is announcing, ahead of time, that he is washing his hands off the report, with an implied warning that his department will not go to court on behalf of the Auditor-General in the event of any legal suits arising therefrom.

Perhaps he is right, though my friends from Occupy Ghana, among whom are formidable lawyers, think he is wrong. I leave that to the lawyers.

My heart is broken and Godfred Dame is holding the pieces dripping with the blood of those who perished in the pandemic. The Covid 19 expenditure fraud and corruption, as revealed by the Auditor General, smells; the stench of the putrefaction will assail the nostrils even in a public toilet. That is why I thought that if failure to “advise” the Auditor General is an error, Godfred Dame should choose to err on the side of suffering masses of Ghanaians against whom politicians and public servants have committed crimes against humanity.

I dare him to take a look at the contract between Ghana Airports Company Limited and Frontiers Limited, the company that undertook Covid 19 testing at Kotoka Airport.

Godfred Dame is not a politician; he should not be.  My suspicion is that the content of the Covid 19 Audit Report rankles in the corridors of power. Waiting for it to through Parliament is only delaying their day of exposure and shame.  Of course, we in Ghana know that for people of that ilk, shame does not exist.

Now to lawyer Gabby Okyere Darko.

If I were a member of rank in the New Patriotic Party, I would advise the party to restrain this man from tweeting on matters affecting or have the potential to affect the fortunes of the party, in the opinion of the millions of suffering Ghanaians who have a vote.

On Sunday, February 12, he tweeted, in a comment on the former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo’s participation in a picketing exercise by pensioners, saying, ”Sorry, but I struggle to get her emotional outburst over-exemption”.

Emotional? Gabby may have a point when he says he finds it difficult to understand why they are picketing “over an offer that you have the liberty not to accept?”

What is the issue at stake? The former Chief Justice and the hundreds like her are simply saying that the Finance Minister’s proposals under the debt exchange programme would significantly affect the bond yields they survive on.

Describing her utterances as “emotional outburst” is a low blow, and would still be low even if the individual involved were a common carrier or street sweeper. Gabby’s words are not fair to Sophia Akuffo. They amount to pouring salt into her wounds, and into the wounds of the thousands affected by Ken Ofori Atta’s handling of the DDEP.  To describe her utterances as “emotional outbursts” is like eating cake and wondering why people are crying about bread shortage.

Fact is, even if Sophia Akufo were not a bondholder, was (is) she not, as a citizen, entitled to her views on a matter of public opinion?

Is the NPP digging its own grave? Perhaps not – after all, a prophet has only this week, predicted a win for the party in 2024.

Just so you know, late last year, a prophet predicted a win for Mahama. Both prophets claim they heard from God. Which God? How come their God never reveals earthquakes, such as the one in Turkey in which, till now, a precious Ghanaian football star is missing?

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