“Kokrokooo ade akye 3bia”, # Stop bleeding the country. President Akufo-Addo should please wake up to the reality of economic hardships facing Ghanaians under his watch. His Majesty’s highly indebted “poor” country rendition after failed promises of no borrowing because the ‘funds are here” as scripted by Vice President Bawumia truly rings hollow now.
Profligate borrowing shows the funds are either not here or being misapplied to include the 4th Republic Presidential Privileged wives club to #FixTheWives instead of #FixTheCountry! What kind of misguided, vain preoccupation with selfishness and greed is this Oyerepa support monster for the Wives of the President and his Vice? Why must wrongful precedents in the 4th Republic be followed and formalised in illogical sneaky political equalisation?
It is an illicit proposal underwritten by an absent-minded and insensitive Parliament riddled with self-interest rather than the national interest. Therefore, any face-saving rejection as though the proposed salaries were a legal right or valid entitlement relinquished after public outcry is a mere “PR” antic.
What a nightmare of a ‘4 more for Nana’ at such a time as this when an unsustainable debt, new killer taxes, collapse of indigenous Ghanaian Banks and meltdown of financial institutions as well as Covid-19 pandemic has crippled businesses and created serious unemployment and suffering.
The NPP political ship is fast sinking under Akufo-Addo governance. A seemingly Oblivious Special Presidential “gang”, so sorry “guards”, wear Christian camouflage, soaked with sinister confidence, as though their swag represent competence, which is actually impudence while cooking suspect deals to our angst.
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah should stop the charade of “President didn’t approve” the spousal package! Who set up the “committee of enlightened folly” if not the President? Did he not receive a prior briefing?
It is as though Ghanaians are deemed gullible idiots to swallow any pill from a hailed but failing Presidency that dishes out dressed up conundrums for public consumption under a “testing waters and retraction policy.”
*This New Oyerepa deal on the national purse as a priority project with a retroactive application as though Ghana were their wheel of fortune and the dice have fallen on Presidential wives is simply unacceptable. Are the national courtesies, intrinsic rewards honour, and prestige accorded Presidential wives not enough?
• If not, how does the Ntiamoah committee tasked by the President to review article 71 emoluments result in smuggled recommendations to put his wife and the Vice President’s wife, arguably the two most privileged women in Ghana, on official salaries to “Reconcile” them to who and for what?
• Does Mr Ato Dadzie’s definition of political victims apply because their husbands previously lost elections? Which clause in the constitution makes them defacto elected officials akin to Cabinet Ministers?
Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah and Prof Kofi Abrefa Busia were both overthrown by coup d’etat and died in exile. Dr Hilla Liman’s administration was also truncated by a military coup. The former military heads were executed by firing squad for corruption, which is now a daily meal in governance.
Prof Busia, for example, had his assets pillaged and confiscated by the state after being declared “wanted dead or alive for ransom” with posters plastered at police stations across the country. All his personal properties, including his Odorkor residence and acquisitions before becoming a Prime Minister, were ransacked, assigned to and occupied by varied public servants rent-free for 30 years.
Prof Busia’s personal Bank accounts willed to some of his children were frozen, became worthless, closed without reinstatement or appropriate interests, etc. I am sure the other political families mentioned above have their own horror stories.
How does Ato Dadzie’s circulated piece about compensatory damages or humanitarian assistance for politically traumatised ‘victim’ wives to appease national conscience, decades after their husband’s deaths provide any justification whatsoever for current cushy handouts from a seriously broke country to the Presidential privileged wives of 4th Republic whose husbands leave the office with houses and offices and cars, security personnel and free medical care for life and other national emoluments even beyond their graves after four or eight years as Executive President with unbridled power which sustains our current woes. Do the wives not share in the freebies that bleed the country?
Certainly, neither President Nkrumah, Prime Minister Busia, nor any of the aforementioned leaders formed committees to recommend spousal salaries posthumously or alive! Therefore, the naked truth is that the national spousal support “entrenched clause” by the current Parliament ought to be scrapped as being void.
The Ghana parliament that has endorsed this national Oyerepa dependency-ruse has become an appendage that sings to the Pipers tune in rubber stamping to bleed the nation with Toms, Dicks, Harrys and Harriets who are there for the gravy train of cyclical four-year retirement packages and soft cushy car and other loans that they don’t have to fully refund in quid pro quo trade-off for unacceptable government policy and illogical Presidential emoluments now overstretched.
Yes, Presidential wives do play important beneficial roles, but Who has put them under compulsion to run NGO’s and or foundations, and why can’t they have an operational budget that includes their salaries like any other charity? Did they run foundations before their husbands becoming President? Are they unable to command enormous local and international resources they otherwise would not, due to being wives of a sitting President? Does the “official”/ ceremonial role not have in-built “protocol” and varied commensurate bells and whistles?
Sincerely, the fact is; Mr President should come down to earth, stop dosing at meetings after warm baths in luxurious leased aircraft and provide needed leadership and ethical, democratic governance for a country which is also in insecurity, galamsey, environmental and debt crisis claiming “Ghana beyond Aid”.
Shall we please, for goodness sake, first clear up the Presidential vision with a country focus and a Presidential wives beyond aid agenda?
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