Story By: Mary Dompreh, Nana Ama Sarfo and Joyce Bedeley
As Elections in Ghana takes off exactly in 21 days, political parties and its supporters have constantly been reminded to ensure that peace and stability is maintained before, during and after since children, women and development tend to suffer during political instability and uprisings.
Krobea Asante Tofepa Ntomentwene, host of Rite FM’s Morning Ride show and Head of the Agric desk department, Anthony Ayertey who call themselves ‘visible forces’ have asked politicians to end their campaign tours, so that optimum attention can be given to their newly adorned Manifesto which they describe as what the Ghanaian today expect the politician to do.
The Duo have called on Presidential and Parliamentary Candidates of various parties to rather exhibit their readiness to die for the country by resisting foreign imposed policies like IMF which is downing a heavy weight on the Nations Agriculture growth and cutting employment of people into the Public sector.
They are also challenging aspirants to also prove their commitments to fight the importation of frozen chicken, rice, maize, tomatoes and other food products into the country to avoid competition with locally cultivated foods produced by the Ghanaian farmer.
According to the duo, Politicians are supposed to be agents of change by demonstrating a sense of belongingness and creating an enabling environment to bring unity to foster National development but however have defiled these agenda by creating ethnic and religious divisions amongst electorates.
Countries like Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Lebanon, Syria, and Afghanistan amongst others have constantly been raging in war and the result has been that, most of these before well to do countries are now striving to reposition themselves to gain middle income status.
The National Peace Council, the Christian council, Civil Society Organizations, Center for Democratic Governance, the Pentecostal Council, the National Media Commission and many others have constantly added their voice to the need to conduct a free, fair and violent free elections.
However, the Asutifi North Constituency, Headquarters, and residence of the Opposition New Patriotic Party Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo – Addo have witnessed some mitigations leading to destruction of valuable properties which the President, John Dramani Mahama has blamed the Ghana Police for neglect of duty.
These was revealed in the mid week’s edition of the morning ride show which was intended to sensitizing the general public against fueling violence within and after the general elections.
In a development, visible forces have dared Electorates to ask Presidential and Parliamentary candidates if they are ready die by resisting foreign policies which ended Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his big six in Prison where most died at the Elmina Castle, and that only this can prove their braveness and readiness to fight for us and die for Mother Ghana.
“Yes we all as electorates have seen and heard you and have witnessed the pomposity and eagerness to die for us when you mount the political campaign platforms, sometimes to extent of inciting supporters to see opponents as enemies, ending in chaos and brutalities, some even losing their eyes and arms which we don’t want” they feuded.
The groups also revealed that, adaptation of foreign policies have been the cause for our misfortunes and economic woes and that cutting ties with them can be a turning point by our leaders creating an environment to bring foreign investors like the V8 Automobile Company to be employed the service of teaching our people how to manufacture Automobiles amongst many others.
“After all, our people travel to work there and we must also employ them to help refurbish our dyeing Agricultural sector by teaching our people how to trap and save water for irrigation during the rainy season”.
All our sectors are rich to employ their services as trainers in many different disciplines, visible forces added and called on National leaders to stop liaising with foreign Nationals at the expense of the home born Ghanaian who now settles in his own country as a slave, due to foreign killer policies engineered by own Political Leaders.
In a closing remark, they charged traditional leaders to avoid endorsing Political Candidates since it does not make its subjects see them as mediators during the resolution of conflicts and misunderstandings in their communities.
This when not compromised, will direct the Ghanaian Citizen to make informed choices that will bring unity and development to our dear Country after the December 7, polls.