A simple by-election to replace a deceased MP turned has turned the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency into a warzone.
Violence is an occasional problem in Ghanaian politics and it has reared its ugly head today leading to attacks on MPs and polling agents and the withdrawal of the NDC from the ongoing by-election.
The Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com, Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, has weighed in on the ongoing violence in a new post.
Writing on Facebook, Chris-Vincent argues that the inability to hold a simple by-election without so much violence points to the lack of progress Ghana is making in our so-called commitment to democracy.
Chris expressed astonishment that in this day and age of enlightenment and reason, our political process can still be held in such chaos which signifies backwardness.
Read his full post below…
“A group of civilised homo sapiens, living in a 21st century—that has magically caused the extinction of many of its species including the Neanderthals and brags to be highly intelligent cannot go to the polls and elect one of their own kind to become an MP without violence.
It’s disgraceful, perhaps a capture of our inherent cruelty and lack of civilisation in the face of our claim of one, that such things happen.
It’s January 2019—I mean, we’ve outlived even the era of enlightenment and yet we have to brutalize and terrorize others with “macho men” in mask, as we hold a common by-election.
That’s something you wouldn’t even find all accepting in a brutish animation of pre-historic human beings and yet it is our reality.
Politics makes men, otherwise human beings, to act like deranged dogs.
These politicians know what they will gain and therefore they will go to every length to win power, including the use of violence.
Ghana has an unstable future because what we call a democracy is pretty much a joke in the grand scheme of things.
I cry for those who live in Ghana and their children each day—because it wouldn’t get any better.
Do you know that you are more likely to die in Ghana than in Syria or Iraq in general?”