The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nhyiaeso, Dr. Stephen Amoah, has chastised Ghana’s two major political parties, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of infiltrating Ghana’s political landscape with lies and cowardice conducts.
According to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, the actions by both parties are the major bane undermining the development of the country.
In an interview on a Kumasi-based radio on Tuesday, October 10 2023, Dr. Amoah expressed his concerns about the current state of Ghanaian politics, where he believes that the fear of speaking the truth and passing necessary legislation has led to the country’s deterioration.
“Today, both in the NPP and the NDC, we are being controlled by cowardice. We are in hard times, but you cannot speak the truth, you cannot pass the right laws to get us out of it. And we keep on getting this country deteriorated and destroying the very fibre of the country, I get scared for the future when I think about these things.”
Concerns About The Rising Trend Of Propaganda
Dr. Amoah also underscored the growing trend of uninformed opinions, stating that many individuals, speak on specific issues even though they are often not knowledgeable on such specific matters.
He criticized some politicians for taking advantage of such phenomenon and spreading lies for political gains.
“As we sit here to have this discussion, everybody has an opinion on everything around them. I have a PhD but honestly, I cannot sit behind the console to operate as you are doing. This suggests that whatever everybody does is important. In our case as Ghanaian this is where we get it wrong, we speak and act as though we are experts but many of us have no clue of what we are talking about.
“Some politicians have taken advantage of that and assumed some authorities and when they are speaking it is as if they know what they are about, but they are just spewing lies. And if you look at the trends you will realize that it was all started by the NDC and the NPP”.Dr. Stephen Amoah
Furthermore, the Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso argued that the political landscape in Ghana has been dominated by a phenomenon of party’s in opposition using issues to undermine those in power, regardless of the topic.
According to him both the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress are both guilty of such conduct when they are in opposition.
“This is the case, if the NPP is in power and they act right, the NDC will use the opposite as propaganda to infuriate Ghanaians to vote them out. The vice versa will play out once the NDC gets into office. The corruption we keep fighting, it didn’t start with the media, either party will talk about it just because they want power and that has sought of defined politics for the country, politicians have formed the framework and others are following.
“So, now, you cannot collect tax, you cannot tell someone he or she is wrong. You cannot even build the country because they define the role of citizens and that is the ordinary person. So, we go about gathering the views of ordinary people who perhaps do not understand the mechanisms involved in economic management all in the name of involving everybody”.Dr. Stephen Amoah
Dr. Stephen Amoah therefore admonished political parties to desist from such conduct and engage in honest propagation of their messages to foster both national unity and development.