Political chicanery or firmness

Prof. Atta-Mills during his campaign days

Prof. Atta-Mills during his campaign days

Guys generally impress their new girl friends to create a lasting impression. They do so to give their ladies a sense of security around them. Some men truly stick to their first impression while others show their “true colours” after the ladies had given out all their hearts. Politicians in general are proponents of this relationship scenario and most of them end up “breaking the hearts of their lovers (electorates).”  

Ghana’s courtship with the then opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) halted last December. She crowned her back-door flirting and secret love making with the NDC with a grand wedding ceremony at the independence square on 7th January 2009 after years of sweet promises.

In giving his “marriage vow”, the groom – President John Evans Atta-Mills – promised to be firm to fight corruption as well as kick out any government official that fails to comply with directive among many other issues.

Just last week, President Atta-Mills withdrew the nomination of his Water Resources, Works and Housing Minister-designate Moses Asaga for alleged misconduct. No apparent reason accompanied this decision but as usual media speculations are rife.

There are claims in political circles that the nominee was withdrawn because of an alleged role he played in the approval of a 20-million dollar ex-gratia for the executive of the immediate past J.A. Kufuor-led administration, Joy FM’s news website stated.

The respected news network claimed Asaga is held to have approved the remuneration without recourse to his colleagues in parliament or the transition team of the new government led by President Mills. Asaga once served as Deputy Finance Minister in the previous National Democratic Congress government headed by ex-President Jerry Rawlings.

Inasmuch as President Atta-Mills would be commended for this early signs of firmness and decisiveness, wouldn’t it have been of the public interest to know the reasons behind the withdrawal? Aroma of news in the atmosphere shows that Asaga had clearance from some big shots at the presidency to approve the ex-gratia. Is Asaga a scapegoat, victim of circumstances or a true show of President Mills’ preparedness to stick to his guns?

African new presidents (politicians) are very creative at impressing in their first and second years in office. They come as liberators but end up as dictators and masters of self aggrandizement.

We hope President Atta-Mills will not behave as guys who meet their new girl friends and impresses but show their “true colours” when the real marriage gets old. Eyes are watching!


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