Ghana's Democracy at Crossroads!


“I speak of the compulsive and obsessive politicisation of our society, which now virtually compels us to look at every issue from the narrow and darkened prism of party politics”. The practice does not give room to independent thinking and must not be allowed to fester, he observed.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has roundly condemned the growing culture of the serial callers, partisan communicators and propagandists for creating a polarised partisan political climate.

He said it can be dangerous for the country’s democracy if this is allowed to fester.His comments formed part of his lecture delivered during this year’s Democracy Lecture organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)on the topic: “Advancing Together”. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said the serial caller phenomenon has “pushed Ghana into an age of the howlers’.

He noted that politicians “in and out of government” were inflicting irreparable damage to each other.“Who was funding the serial callers, he asked rhetorically and said “it is the same politicians whether they call themselves communicators or propagandists”.

He said by funding the “blatant lies and malicious gossips” spewed out by so-called communicators and serial callers, politicians were killing sound scholarly discourse.This resulted in a situation where “perpetrators jump in glee” while “victims frets with anxiety”.

He said, with the challenges facing the country, there was the need to focus on solving everyday concerns on the labour front, utilities and general economic hardships.One does not have to be an economic genius to recognise that there are tough challenges facing the economy, he said.