Today is definitely tough, for me, as I had to write against all odds. It’s tight, and I guess you are not going to get the same quality of art as I have been best known for.
Anyway, I admired the Royal Wedding which took place just recently and how the couple celebrated their love. It was beautiful. They reminded me of a birthday outing I witnessed between two Angels. They held hands. They stared. They kissed, and finally they flew – – Love they say is beautiful.
Theirs was not of royal wings, but beautiful enough to call it their own.
It is this beautiful celebration of love between Harry and Meghan that should have filled this page, but for the scandals that suddenly emerged on our front pages, Nyantakyi here, Chorlotte Osei there, instantly dislodging my thoughts, making me wonder if there could ever be a day in our lives, in this country, when we would not soil our feet.
I have been reflecting on life a lot, each day especially in the light of the unending scandals that plague our country. In many ways I feel we need a revolution. But which of them? Those who led revolutions, themselves, eventually lived in opulence while in office. The servants of those who vowed to protect the public purse are profusely leaking the purse.
I once heard a certain company, KelniGVG, was awarded $89million contract to monitor our telecom companies, to ascertain how much revenue government should receive out of each call, similar to the Subah deal which many Ghanaians condemned a few years ago. How it happened that Subah suddenly transformed into KelniGVG can only be explained by our politicians who speak with both of their mouths.
I am growing weaker each day – I don’t know what I should attribute it to – despair, frustration, or just a disappointment. Nana Addo, I had a lot of confidence in you. But some of these issues will surely break me down. It does not, at all, make sense to me, to condemn Subah, then suddenly emerge with KelniGVG – they both appear reckless and irresponsible, honestly.
Sam George, the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, and a former Presidential Staffer in the government of President John Mahama, also waded into the scandal, annoyingly. He is reported to have said “the taxpayer has no business paying any private company any money for anything called monitoring because that is a calculated sham to defraud the taxpayer”.
Sam George is further quoted to have said “None of the companies, be it Subah or GVG, has the capacity to tell, irrespective of any probe they claim they have put into the telecom systems, that they can give us exact real data separate from what the telecom companies themselves generate”.
He concluded by saying that “the deal signed during the Mahama government was useless, claiming all the time that Subah was contracted, it relied on the data of the telecom companies, and that the Akufo-Addo government signing a new contract is only a replication of an old contract which amounts to nothing”.
You see the problem I will always have with our politicians? Sam George, you were in President Mahama’s government for several years. You knew the Subah deal was useless. Yet you did not say anything. What is it that has changed, that, you are now telling us that the deal President Mahama entered into was bad?.
Anyway, I agree with him on certain score. The Subah deal was as useless as I imagine this GVG one too, Barclay’s has something they call “Start of Day”, and another call “End of Day”.
I remember somewhere that in 2007, at a time when technology was not as robust as it is today. We did not need Subah or whatever to monitor any of those. It was an automated generation of data that was verifiable. With advancement of technology, do we really need $89million to monitor call transactions, when it is so easy for the telecom companies themselves to generate every aspect of the data they are looking for? My brother, My sister are we not finding ourselves in another create, loot and share?
Anyway, I don’t want some of these things to draw me away from President Kwesi Nyantakyi, and what the future holds for him. Kwesi Nyantakyi, Ghana’s longest serving FA president is currently on the mouth of every Ghanaian. President Akufo-Addo is reported to have watched a video that implicates him in a number of ways that has implications for the presidency and called for his arrest.
With President Akufo-Addo’s arrest warrant flying in the air, Countryman Songo, a dismissed worker of Multimedia Group, who was dismissed because of his constant corruption allegation against Kwesi Nyantakyi, has become an instant hero, as many called for his return of his show “Fire for Fire” program on Adom TV.
I have seen Kwesi Nyantakyi rise, from the year 2005, and I am not sure if I am about to see his fall. I have no idea why Kwesi has done this to himself. The Ghana Football Association, is not for one person, so Kwesi, you should have left when the applaud was loudest but he refused.
The unfolding scandal gives me no comfort, creating the impression of money being stolen. I get the impression of women being used. I get the impression of defrauding by false pretense. I get all manner of impressions.
I am not sure if Nyantakyi has been given the opportunity to watch the video. Even if he has, he still has the chance to exonerate himself of any criminalities.
We have had several examples of people who are actually caught in the act, yet they are able to give reasonable explanations as to what actually transpired.
Eventually they get acquitted and discharged.
I am sure you know me to be a hardliner anticorruption writer. So I am not defending Nyantakyi in any way. If he indeed, stole some money, or used the president’s name in vain, the appropriate criminal prosecutions should apply.
But we must not kill him before his death. Anas is great. I love his work. And he epitomizes my ideal world of what good citizens must do to save our country from needless leakages. But, just like myself, and everyone else, Anas is not an Angel.
Despite all his good intentions, he is capable of wrongfully implicating innocent people.
We must remember that none of the judges implicated in the previous Anas’ video went to jail. Many of them were dismissed. Some of them were suspended. Others were exonerated. What does it tell us? That not everyone implicated in the video might be a criminal.
Nyantakyi might have been seen doing something wrong in the video, which is worth investigating, but that does not instantly transform him into a criminal.