The former investigative journalist of Joy News within the giant media outlet – Multimedia, Manasseh Azure Awuni has questioned the current democratic dispensation within the country. Outlining what he feels as a weakness within the supposed “winner takes all” approach in the Ghana’s democracy, the ace journalist revealed that the Ghana Police Service has been reduced to a government machinery that kowtow to the whims and caprices of the government of the day; instead of acting independently in enforcing the laws and order of the Republic.
Delving into details in his recent book, Manasseh Azure Awuni divulged practical examples of how former President John Dramani Mahama became powerful at some point but handicapped just after he lost the December 2016 General Election.
Manasseh Azure Awuni opined;
***”In the weeks, months and years that would follow, they would begin to reason and see things from the perspective of the ordinary person. They would suddenly realise the high rate of unemployment in the country. They would begin to see that the paradise they claimed to have created was, indeed, hell as soon as their opponents take over. They would see the unacceptable levels of crime and insecurity in the country. They would lose their immunity from police arrests.
“The president, who had the power to set free three party supporters jailed by the Supreme Court, would not have the power to negotiate a bail for his party’s then deputy general secretary, Koku Anyidoho, who would be arrested by the police. They would agree with the sane person in the streets that the Ghana police are puppets in the hands of the government.
“In the extreme winner-takes-all democracy of Ghana, where the winning party controls everything, including public toilets, the consequences of losing an election can be as devastating and paralysing as a man losing his manhood in his prime…”
Chapter One (Inglorious Sunset) of The Fourth John: Reign, Rejection & Rebound.***
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