In the aftermath of the launch of the 2020 manifesto of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), several discussions have gone on over the airwaves. Several political pundits have expressed their views on the various promises of programs and policies contained in the opposition party’s manifesto.
The flagbearer of the party, John Dramani Mahama, and his running mate have promised several things such as the continuation of the free SHS program, cancellation of the ban of importation of salvage vehicles, subsidization of the 2020/2021 fees of tertiary students, legalization and regularization of the commercial use of motorbikes (Okada), provision of free laptops to tertiary students, etc.
The Ace – Journalist and the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo morning show hosted by Kwame Sefa Kayi, has digested and explained into details the manifesto of the opposition NDC during the discussions on the matter. But Mr. Baako used the opportunity to lambast the opposition party and their flagbearer for mentioning some things in their manifesto.
The party, in the manifesto, said, they will investigate the deaths of Ahmed Suale, a journalist with the Tiger Eye pi, and that of J.B. Danquah, a former Member of Parliament who died under mysterious circumstances.
According to Kwaku Baako, the decision by the NDC to include the deaths of these two gentlemen were very unfortunate and mischievous. He said the party should not have added this issue as part of their manifesto promises.
He recalled that the NDC included a similar thing in their 2007 manifesto, where they said they would investigate the deaths of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani and Alhaji Issah Mobila who also died in similar ways as compared to that of Ahmed Suale and J. B. Danquah. Kwaku Baako revealed that after the NDC promised to investigate and prosecute the killers of these personalities, they could not do anything to that effect when they came to power in 2009.
He said, instead of the NDC fulfilling their promises of establishing a Presidential commission to deal with the Ya-Na case, they rather did some few arrests and prosecutions which did not even get anywhere.
They did not trust the report from the presidential commission which was established by the erstwhile Kuffour administration.
Kwaku Baako also said he does not understand why the former president John Mahama promised to investigate the death of J.B. Danquah when the incident actually occurred when he himself was the president of the country. So if Mr. Mahama could not do anything about the incident at the time, how should Ghanaians trust him to begin an investigation after these years.
Kwaku Baako also wondered why the NDC could include the matter in their political manifesto when the cases are in court. He said they have some good lawyers in their Party, so they should have known that such court cases should not be politicized.
Therefore, unless the NDC wants to influence the court proceedings, they should not have included the issues in their manifesto at all.
Also, Kwaku Baako asked why the NDC and their flagbearer John Dramani Mahama did not include the death of their own former DCE who was murdered during the era of former president Mahama.
The 2020 elections is a race between the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama and the ruling NPP’s Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo.
Kwaku Baako said this during a panel discussion on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo morning show on Wednesday.