“I am inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa because all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really…. I hope that everyone is equal but people who have to deal with black employees find this not true…You should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level”.
__Prof James Dewey Watson
I have had the opportunity to indulge myself in observing a little bit of the vetting of the new nominees for ministerial appointments. I have also been listening to bits and pieces of the terrible horrible immoral and criminal fraud committed by the corrupt and incompetent John Dramani Mahama NDC administration and the cohort of unpatriotic public officers put in charge of state institutions from excerpts of the transition report as transmitted by the news media. From the shameful criminal acts of outright theft of state properties like vehicles and household furniture to the needless madness of injury time public service appointments through to idiotic questions by the minority of the ministerial nominees, one should not be afraid of being branded a racist for being an apostle of Ptof. James Watson. For the first former citizen of the nation and his party men to brazenly and callously attempt to misappropriate state property put in their charge including a presidential mansion and a chain of expensive luxurious limousines and then turn round to publicly chastise the actions of the security and the present government to retrieve those expensive vehicles stolen from the nation’s garages by his party men and political appointees is not only an insult too many but smacks of act of madness.
One can discern an act of vindictiveness and foolishness in the stand taken by many of the minority members in the type of questions they posed at the ministerial vetting. He who is a fool and knows not that he is a fool is a big one, tell him. From her answers, Madam Otiko proved beyond all reasonable doubt that her pre-election description of the former president was apt. That woman deserves a national award. Indeed it is not only the pre-election acts but also the post-election acts of the former president which make an underestimation the apt description of him by Madam Otiko. Is it part of life that one should always be at peace with close relations? I do not have any doubt in my mind that there could be some members of the minority who are not on talking terms with the women they stay with under the same roof. For the minority to ask questions about SADA and how the present government was going to pay off the DKM debts was not only foolish and idiotic but also self-indictment of the criminal acts of the corrupt, incompetent and greedy John Dramani Mahama NDC administration.
I am beginning to believe that the former president commissioned the construction of the supposedly vice-presidential mansion at that colossal amount of over US$18 million for his own official use and eventual misappropriation for his private use at the end of his term of office.. Had he won the 2016 elections, he would have moved into the newly completed vice-presidential mansion and got his sycophantic party members in parliament to approve the place as part of his retirement benefit under the criminal and callous article 71 of the 1992 Republican Constitution. It is much wonder that the NDC apparatchiks feel no shame and still have the courage and effrontery to appear on FM and TV stations and hold press conferences spewing out insults, lies and propaganda while behaving like well-fed pigs spoiling for a romantic dalliance in spite of all the carnage they caused to the good people of this country.
When Prof. Watson made the statement quoted above, he stood on solid grounds of scientific research. That set the whiteman apart from the blackman. When the colonial masters were booted out of this country, they had the opportunity to take everything out of the country. However, interestingly, they left behind among other valuable assets a tidy amount of foreign reserves which if they had behaved like the former president and his criminal cohorts, they would have misappropriated it for their own use. So one major difference which flows from Prof. Watson’s observation between the whiteman and the blackman is that while the educated whiteman in leadership position will feed you well so that you have enough energy before he uses you as a foot stool, the educated blackman in leadership position will starve you to near death and use you as a foot stool. In the advanced democracies, the rich enter politics to make names for themselves. In the jungle of the underdeveloped world, the poor enter politics to become filthy rich while the rich enters politics to add to their riches by looting the nation’s resources.
Today, a French judge has ordered former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial in an illegal finance case. Mr. Sarkozy faces accusation that his party falsified accounts in order to hide 18 million euros of campaign spending in 2012. I have said it at a public forum that one day when we get a government in this country serious and desirous about fighting corruption, an independent public prosecutor will drag the former president to court to answer charges among others on the US$100,000 Ford Expedition bribe he received from a Burkinabe contractor. While I wait for that to happen, I will be keeping my fingers crossed to witness the day criminal and callous provisions in the 1992 Republican Constitution dealing with the Council of State (chapter 9) and Determination of Certain Emoluments (article 71) and some aspects of chapter 8 – the Executive and chapter 10, – the Legislature shall be expunged from the Constitution. The Constitution is laden with too many provisions which make it possible for the greedy bastards who permeate every aspect of our national life in charge of national affairs to commit legal corruption and get away with it; a legacy based on the findings of Prof. James Watson.
BY Kwame Gyasi