A few minutes ago, I deliver a letter to John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana about my some frustration. I share the letter here so you can read my concerns and perhaps it will motivate you to write to the president too.
Dear President Mahama,
I would like to share a picture of Moses Imoro, a farmer who appears in the documentary “An African Election” with you. I believe you have seen it a couple of times. You should if you haven’t. Every politician should. My star in the documentary is not John Mills, Nana Addo, John Rawlings or the priest. My star is Moses Imoro. In the documentary, he’s asked why he didn’t attend a political rally & what he expects from politicians.. He answered ”if they’ll stop telling lies.”
Moses Imoro | An African Election
I am writing this letter as a Ghanaian who believes in Ghana and believes Ghana is not where it ought to be. The Ghana Dr. Nkrumah and the founding fathers is so far away from the Ghana today and whilst some Ghanaians remain optimistic, the future is bleak for many. I know as president, you are probably not told the truth most of the time because people lack the courage to. At the end of the day, this is my Ghana and I die with it.
Every time a new president is elected, a country is filled with so much hope and optimism; that it is a new beginning and things can only get better. I have felt that optimism thrice and I have been disappointed on all three occasions.
Mr. President, I have been disappointed by how slowly you have composed your administration. I think before everyone becomes president, they should have an idea of who will be the best fit in various positions. Like many Ghanaians, I expected you to hit the ground not told the ground running. Sadly, you haven’t done that and that is not what Ghanaians expect from you or any president of the land. We need leaders who believe in Ghana, take crucial decisions, fight off cronies and work for the people.
Your Independence Day speech was brilliant. It is probably the best I have heard in my lifetime but are you walking the talk? In your first tv interview (with KSM on TGIF), when you became vice president in 2009, you mentioned a new licensing system for government vehicles to curb personal use, you also mentioned government, MDAs will be directed to purchase Ghanaian rice and Made-in-Ghana products. I remember it all like yesterday but what is striking is all this hasn’t been done. If you see the gift hampers going out of the MDAs every Christmas and you will be amazed. I wonder what you have to say to that. And this runs through government. Enough is enough!
When you assumed office upon the death of President Mills, you outlined policy directions for Ghana. Again you gave a similar speech when you moved to the Flagstaff House. One thing which struck me was government was going to come up with a social media plan & policy for government. Two months down the line, I ask where is all that. I am afraid Mr. President, you will have to walk the talk. If you belong to the new Ghana like you say, you will do things differently. You can’t be a different Mahama when you want to win an election and a different Mahama when you’re elected.
Mr. President, every president who from Day 1 says he’s going for all two terms can never be a good leader in my books. Focus on the 4 year mandate Ghanaians have given you and deliver and let the people decide if they want to keep you for another 4 years. Pardon my language but that talk of second term makes me sick. You campaigned for 4 years and not 8 years.
Until Q4 2012, I worked in the Public Service and I also volunteered with a group of young Ghanaians to run an election project. I traveled the country and I was disappointed and heartbroken with the stories, scenes and some of the people I met. Everywhere we went, people just wanted to see government working. Ghanaians are tired of the corruption and cronyism. We used the road to your hometown Bole in August to go interact with people on the elections. We didn’t have an four wheel drive and it was just a taxi driver who agreed to get us there for ¢200. It wasn’t a smooth journey. We fell into a ditch at one point. Luckily, no one was injured. We could have died on that road but who cares? This year, Mahamudu Bawumia had an accident on some weeks ago on the same road and the noise wouldn’t stop. I kept thinking about the many Ghanaians who ply the road daily, the kids who run away upon seeing our taxi stop, the poor taxi driver who broke his axle getting and the villages along the road without lights. Do we care about them?
Have you observed the towns without lights when you travel at night? Sometimes, I wonder if they don’t vote or pay any taxes at all. What about the pregnant woman who has to travel on a bike to get medical attention? What about the worker who slaves for Ghana and has to feed his family with ¢300?
I could go on and on. What I am saying is simple;
Walk the talk, Mr. President – you can’t say one thing and do the other
Put an end to cronyism and government working for only people in government – we elect leaders to serve not to enrich themselves and seek their interest first.
Be a new Ghana leader and make those painful decisions you politicians are always afraid of making – posterity will judge you.
We need a National Development Plan now! – That’s the only way we will know as a people where we are heading and how we can get there. (S)he who fails to plan plans to fail.
We the people demand strong and determined leadership.
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana!