by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
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Ghana’s immediate past president, Dramani Mahama lost the 2016 general election not because he was not lovable but rather because he exhibited a defect in character.
You see, Mr. Mahama when he had to be decisive and crack the whip in the face of transgressions from his appointees often reassigned them and most curious of all sent them to the presidency or retained them there.
Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Stan Dogbe, Dzifa Ativo all led to his power loss. Then there was the Montie 3 who sat on radio threatening to kill and rape justices yet when sentenced to months in prison, pardoned them so they could be released.
Lordina’s husband failed to understand that keeping faith with appointees was one thing but to be seen to be sensitive to concerns of the citizenry was a priority not to be relegated.
To be seen to send out a clear signal, that an attack on the judiciary wouldn’t be countenanced, President Mahama could have let the Montie 3 serve their time and then be released but to also show to party faithfuls that party people who in the service of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) got incarcerated, would not be left to face their demons alone, the president with party leadership could have ensured wives and children of the Montie 3 were taken care of to ameliorate the hardship to be brought by their bread winners incarceration.
That way a delicate balance would have been struck catering to the needs of the judiciary and NDC party people.
It is the more worrying that the new administration which gained from the NDC’s lapses are committing severe blunders months into governance.
In Accra, the Invincible Forces, a group of macho men claiming to be a vigilante group of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) terrorized party folks who did not support their preferred candidate. Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyapong with Sammy Crabbe will tell the tale better.
In Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital and its environs, the Delta Force, another vigilante group strongly affiliated to the ruling New Patriotic Party first came to national attention when its members forcibly removed newly appointed Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, George Adjei from his office on March 24, 2017 assaulting him in the process.
And on Thursday morning when presiding judge Mary Senkyire failed to release the 13 members facing trial on bail, about 30 members of the group who had amassed at the court’s promises stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court freeing the 13 standing trial for causing mayhem at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
www.blakkpepper understands the Delta Force members destroyed furniture and a wooden billboard on the court’s premises. They are said to have overpowered the 5 police people on duty enabling the 13 to use the judge’s private chamber as an escape point.
The judge is said to have pleaded for dear life asking the menacing macho men not to assault her. It’s emerged although the 13 are still at large leading to issuance of a bench warrant for their capture, 8 Delta members who aided their escape have been apprehend at the NPP regional party office by the police according to Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer ASP Yaw Nketia Yeboah.
Eye witnesses say other citizens waiting for their cases to be called all took to their heels when the Delta Force members took over the court.
The force expected their members to enjoy some freedom but when the judge ruled that they be kept in prison custody to appear on April 20, 2017, all hell broke loose.
Nana Addo had campaigned on the pledge of changing things and on a recent visit to Kumasi, he stressed his determination to allow the rule of law to reign supreme warning that anyone who falls foul of the law will be dealt with.
It remains to be seen if the forces will prove to be his downfall.