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Lessons From Our Failed Referendum


Reference to the Jubilee House Meeting between Nana Addo and Former Presidents.

Former President, John Mahama has insisted there was no consensus at Jubilee House meeting with Nana Addo, ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, ex-President John Agyekum Kufour and himself on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 on the referendum. This leaves ex-Presidents Rawlings and Kufuor to tell the nation as to who – Mahama or Akufo-Addo is speaking the truth on the referendum.

So we see where mistrust in our political architecture has unfortunately landed us.
Whilst we are waiting for the ex-presidents for their side of the story, I am of the opinion that there was a consensus on the referendum between NPP and NDC and that, truly there was “u-turn” by the Ndc, otherwise there would not have been a “cock crow” statement by an NDC MP on the floor of parliament thus: “we played you a trick… and we have pulled a fast one on you…”

I think that was why the President used the word “hypocrisy” on NDC.

Definition of hypocrisy :

In trying to find the meaning or the definition of hypocrisy I came across the following: “Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence, in a general sense, hypocrisy may involve dissimulation, pretense, or a sham”

But Ex-president, Mr Mahama thinks otherwise when he said:

“I think it was unfortunate for him (President Akufo Addo) to have said that it was hypocrisy on the side of the Ndc, that was wrong. It was not only the NDC that rejected, but the Catholic Bishops also said ‘no’ the National House of Chiefs said ‘no’ and these are no mean institutions in Ghana”

The Catholic Bishops and the National House of Chiefs were not part of the “consensus burgain” but check here, Mr Mahama found it convenient to bring them into the argument. By this his action, is Mr Mahama implying that the Catholic Bishops and the National House of Chiefs should be described also as hypocrites and also as Ndc members because they said “no” after “Ndc u-turn”?

Such behaviors by our political parties will not help to move this country forward in our development agenda. Trust, give and take, and consensus is the only way forward for this country and its future generations.

Arc. Gustav Kwakye

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