The NDC Manifesto
The significance of election 2016 cannot be overemphasized, but we are yet to see one actionable policy idea from the NDC to heal Ghana’s economic wound. As usual, the NDC is busy honing its propaganda arts to mollify vulnerable electorates for votes. For the NDC, it is business as usual regardless of the stakes.
At stake in this election is a call to decide who we want to be as a people or a country. The choice in this election is one between continued dependence on the benevolence of donor goodwill which the NDC offers or the self-reliant market driven and interdependent stance of the NPP.
President Mahama and NDC have managed Ghana from a dependent standpoint. Support for the NDC’s dependency mindset is manifest in the president’s forward to the 2016 Manifesto, lamenting the increasing scarcity of generous support for the economy. Additional evidence for NDC’s dependent outlook of could be sourced from the sum declaration of the Manifesto, which is bereft of concrete ideas to refocus Ghana away from the donor economics.
I find President Mahama and the great followers of the NDC as citizens capable of doing right by Ghana, but more often, the politics of the NDC, as verified in this Manifesto suggests an unwillingness to commit to the hard work necessary to develop the country. Far from hyperbole, there is not a measurable idea in the Manifesto to address the broken economy and the numerous other challenges facing the country.
At any rate, the Manifesto holds value merely as a propaganda document designed to paint a favorable picture away from the reality of increased hardship brought on by the lack of honest hard work and policy discipline. A secondary value of the Manifesto is a calculated attempt to take advantage of the genuine aspirations of a population desperate for hope.
The inflated tone of the NDC’s Manifesto fits Chinua Achebe’s observation that the elite ruling class in under-developed countries live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectations. Chinua Achebe is right, for, how else can one explain the NDC’s equation of its dismal failures to “Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana.”
The harsh reality it seems, the NDC propounds these slogans merely for propaganda effect. This may not be far from the truth, as a leading NDC and a fraternal member of Friends of John Dramani Mahama suggests, the party’s slogans are policies unto themselves. This explains why despite the enormous hardship of her citizens, the president forwards the same failed slogan from 2012.
One can read any number of meanings, politics or otherwise, but it is inarguable that, the NDC’s governing philosophy has become inoperable in the prevailing global paradigm which revolves around self-reliance and interdependence.
So, to the electorate who desires the development of Ghana, to secure a better future for our children and grand-children, vote not for the NDC, but for the party whose governing precepts draws on Ghanaian ingenuity and global interdependence.
By Kumah Tann