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James Kofi Annan
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This week has been full. Opana has mentioned that J. B. Danquah can be said to be the founder of the University of Ghana. The other day when he said that the University of Professional Studies was founded by one Nana Opoku-Ampomah, there norrr, the name of the university was changedto Opoku-Ampomah University of Professional Studies. So, this one too, well, I don’t know…

I am not sure if I am going to be the only person with a different view on the slapping incidence that has occurred. Hajia Fati of the NPP has slapped Adom FM reporter, Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Ahwenepa, for daring to take pictures of her, claiming thatOhemaa looked like an onion seller, which is why she slapped her. 

I am not sure, really, if I qualify to comment on the violence situation itself, especially since it has to do with slapping. As someone who grew up at the beach, we are born into violence, and, giving and receiving of slaps, are almost a commodity exchange in our world. We are typically encouraged to be violent. Growing up, it was part of our training, and subculture, and in some of the extreme instances, we were deliberately conditioned to act violently, always in self-defense, even when you were not under any threat, for it was a mark of manhood.

But as we grow into civilized environment, we shed our primitive taints, clothing ourselves with whatever tolerance that comes our way. That is why, of course, I condemn Hajia’s slapping action, in its entirety, believing, that, whether Ohemaa looked like an onion seller, or a carpenter, there is no civility in such slapping action.

As we all condemn this violent attacks, as well as condemning all those violent situations visited on Journalists in the past, we will have to take a step back, to reflect on our country as it is evolving into a certain disorganized animal farm where the lion rotates with the bear in keeping the farm. 

What is it that has brought us this far, in waging war against each other, in the least of provocation? It is all about the winner takes all kind of democracy we are practicing. It is all about who takes the better part of our tax resources. It is all about who gets which of the contracts. It’s all about who controls which of the state resources. It is never, ever, about what we have that we wish to give to our country – we are all living an open lie, wanting everyone to believe that we are fighting for power because we want to give to the poor – straight lie!

On the same premises, of the NPP headquarters, were a number of violent attacks visited prior to the 2016 elections – NPP members attacking NPP members – we all treated it as an internal matter. There was a looting overnight of the offices of the party, allegedly by the supporters of the then National Chairman, Paul Afoko. The NDC was then in power. It was within their capacity to have caused the arrest of the perpetrators. But no, they rather celebrated, in deepening the cracks within the party.

The response was that the NPP formed its own army, the Invisible Forces, the Delta Forces, and all those other forces, to protect their party, and their party’s officials. The police was repudiated, giving way to self-defense – spelling lawlessness in the process.

Hajia Fati certainly being skilled in the internal security affairs of the party, knows no bounds, in ensuring that she watches her own, without ceding space, and if Sammy Crabbe, a palpablyunqualified person attempts to pick up nomination forms, to contest a National Chairmanship of the party, when the same person is already on suspension, and when the same person is still in the media fighting against the party on whose ticket he wishes to contest, then a party fanatic who does not believe in our justice system would be left with no option, than to physically violate everyone who stands her way. 

It is looking as though we have added bullying, to the “winner takes all” system that we have imposed on ourselves. If your government is in power, then you can take the money, you can take the contract, you can take the positions, and when you are done, you can also slap, you can steal, you can even kill, and still walk free, as your party will do everything to use the state resources to protect you.

If your party is in opposition, then you are the one for whom the laws must work. Opposition elements become aliens in their own country. They become victims of themselves, as the laws which never worked on them when they were in power, certainly begin to work extra time on them, at the least infraction. 

And as the opposition element keep becoming victims of the law, their counterparts in power continue to enjoy protection, flaunting their impunity to the world. That is why we keep having lawless youth destroying state properties without any consequences. 

We saw a glaring example of Stan Dogbe destroying recording gadgets of some Journalists. We saw the killing of some party supporters at Abglobgloshie, nothing happened to them. Party supporters set fire on state assets, they seized toilets, markets, lorry stations, they did everything wrong to prove that their parties were in power. And they were right, they were never arrested.

This is a country where party supporters could match to the offices of a public servant, get them ejected, thrash them on the floor, to bleed them, and match to the courts, to free themselves of people who are validly before the courts for trial, and cause our judges to flee for their lives. Yet they walk on the streets as celebrants.

The winner takes all. The winner is powerful. The winner is a god onto himself. All the rest of us have one duty, to continue topay our taxes dutifully so that the winner would use the taxes we have paid, to suppress us, and to support the foolishness of the winner who has taken all.

Today too I am predicting; nothing will happen to Hajia Fati.Her party is in power. She saw an onion seller and slapped her, that is all there is to the matter.

Simpa Panyin has said nothing oo. All I am waiting for is for the world to come to an end, then I will be gone – wherever that gone will take me to. For it is too frustrating to live in this world. It is too stressful to continue to wait on Opana, to know when he is going to look different from all those in whose wake he has come.

The NDC is reported to be building an internal security force called The Hawks. We are all watching sheepishly, as the threat unfolds. We are seeing it as a mere counter to the Invisible Forces, Delta Forces, as we blind ourselves in partisanship. Very soon the toilets that the NPP seized, would be seized back, violently, by the Hawks, in retaliation for what the Invisible Forces seized.

One day, and that day will soon come, the Invisible Forces, the Delta Forces, and the Hawks will storm the airport, and they will seize the airplanes, taking over from the pilots, they will seize the air traffic control rooms, and they would seize the weather reading equipment, and they will fly the planes into the air, and into the sea.

As we witness the weakening of the Invisible Forces, as we see the Delta Forces continuously disappointed, a responsible state security institution would have begun to block the flow of these forces into the Hawks, and would have stopped the Hawks from forming. That should be the beginning of preventing the onion sellers from be attacked.
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