Never in the history of Ghana has a Head of State and his Government told so many lies to the people and yet gotten away with it, or appear to be getting away with it. The problem with the “Kufuor Lies” is that they are not just spoken lies. They are written lies, documented lies, and therefore etched in permanent form, easy to refer to and easy to prove as lies, but Kufuor and his Government just don’t care.
After all, in the words of Machiavelli, “a wise ruler—cannot, and should not keep his word when such an observance of faith would be to his disadvantage and when the reasons which made him promise are removed”.
So, beginning with the 2000 Manifesto of the NPP on whose back the NPP rode to power, we are going to examine how mendacious and therefore true to the principle of Machiavellianism President Kufuor and his NPP Government have been.
1.The Promise: We offer the elimination of rampant corruption and the application in its stead of an experienced, honest leadership. (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 3).
The Practice: In Government, President Kufuor says corruption cannot be eliminated because it dates from the days of Adam, and he cannot do anything about corruption unless people bring him “the evidence”.
2. The Promise: The economic problems we face in Ghana today cannot be attributed to adverse external factors alone—sustainable growth cannot be achieved at the generosity of the donor community nor from primary commodity exports. (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 7, paragraphs 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11)
The Practice: In Government, the NPP says it is the world price of crude oil (external factor) over which they have no control that has driven up the price of petrol from ¢6,400 in Year 2000 (under the NDC) TO ¢42,000 in 2006 (under the NPP). The generosity of foreign donors now contribute more than 40% to our domestic budget, and the production of primary commodities (cocoa and gold) on whose reliance we cannot achieve sustainable growth, according to the NPP, has almost doubled.
3. The Promise: An NPP Government will cut the size and budget of the offices of the President and the Vice President, the budget and the size of the Cabinet Secretariat, the number of Ministers and other Presidential Appointees, and channel the resources to spur greater economic growth (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 8 paragraph 18.104.22.168.).
The Practice: In Government, the sizes and the budgets of all these Governance cost centres have grown so much and gotten so over-bloated that President Kufuor has had to publicly apologise to the NDC Government for criticising the NDC Government on the size of its Government.
4. The Promise: An NPP government will work with our trading partners to negotiate an Anti-Dumping Code to guide our trade relationships (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 14, paragraph 22.214.171.124)
The Practice: Not only has an Anti-Dumping Code not been negotiated, but even when our sovereign Parliament passed a law to increase the import duties on rice and fish (Anti-Dumping measures) in order to protect domestic rice and fish production, the NPP Government quickly asked the CEPS not to implement the law as a result of IMF/World Bank objections.
5. The Promise: A National Subsidies Code— will be developed to provide fiscal support and other subsidies to Ghanaian farmers to enhance their ability to compete in a global world. (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 15, paragraph 126.96.36.199)
The Practice: No such Code has been developed. On the contrary, Ghanaian firms have been collapsing in their hundreds as a result of unfair foreign competition.
6. The Promise: The NPP will grant special credits and technical up-grading to “chop bars”, lower-end hotels and restaurants to improve their surroundings and services to tourists. (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 14, paragraph 188.8.131.52)
The Practice: We are not aware of one “chop bar” that has been granted special credit and technically up-graded.
7. The Promise: The NPP will upgrade the numerous small garages and fitter’s shop through (a) access to credits to acquire equipment and tools, (b) making available technical training through linkages with tertiary engineering institutions.
The Practice: This has not happened. In Parliament, then Minister for Private Sector Development Kwamena Bartels mendaciously tried to mislead the House by saying that US$10 million of a foreign loan was to be used for this purpose. NPP MP for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa P.C. Appiah-Ofori, then Chairman of the House Assurances Committee, wrote to the Embassy of the country to confirm Hon. Bartels’ assertion. The response was a shocker – Kwamena Bartels had lied.
8. The Promise: Economic infrastructure will include modernisation and extension of railway network. Connection to be Northern Regions within the next decade (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 15, paragraph 184.108.40.206)
The Practice: This has not happened; not even the Accra-Tema railway rehabilitation project has been completed.
9. The Promise: The NPP Government will introduce a Farmers and Fisherfolk’s Security Trust to cater for them in their times of need and in their old age. (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 17, paragraph 220.127.116.11)
The Practice: This has not happened.
10. The Promise: The abandoned Aveyime Rice Project will be resuscitated. (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 18, paragraph 18.104.22.168)
The Practice: In a policy reversal, the NPP Government has allowed the US$12 million Quality Grain Project investment in the Aveyime Rice Project to go to waste.
11. The Promise: The NPP government will put in place well-equipped community manned Fire Control Service to rid the rural areas from the perennial scourge of bush fires (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 18, paragraph 22.214.171.124)
The Practice: This has not happened.
12. The Promise: The NPP government will establish a national youth Corps to create at least 100,000 jobs by the end of its first year and even more in subsequent years (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 19, paragraph 126.96.36.199)
The Practice: This did not happen.
13. The Promise: The aim of the NPP is to manage construction of the next generation of electricity and water supply facilities in such a way that unit costs of production will actually come down and stay down. The economies thus achieved will be passed on to consumers in lower charges (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 21, paragraph 188.8.131.52)
The Practice: Under the NPP Government, electricity and water charges have been going up and up and up and up and up and there not even water for Ghanaians to drink, he then took a names kuffour gallon.
14.The Promise: The NPP will ensure that —the poorest people in Ghana will have the incentive and the means to change from destructive charcoal and wood burning to cooking by gas (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 22, paragraph 184.108.40.206)
The Practice: Under the NPP Government, the price of LPG has risen from ¢28,000 per 14.5 kilogram in 2000 under the NDC to ¢100.000 in 2006 per the same 14.5kilogram under the NPP. The poorest people in Ghana have now gone back to destructive charcoal and wood burning with a vengeance.
15. The Promise: The NPP government proposes to launch a special Housing The People Scheme which shall focus on low-cost housing, urban renewal and rural housing (NPP 2000 Manifesto, page 23, paragraph 220.127.116.11).
The Practice: This has not happened.
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By Kumah Alfred