Ghanaian journalist and managing editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt, has called on the entire populace to teach politicians in the country a bitter lesson for their actions.
According to him, it’s hard for politicians to come to terms with the fact that they are not wiser than the rest of the population. A further point he made was that politicians are supposed to serve the people, not the other way around.
His comment comes in response to the NPP’s defeat in the just-ended by-election in Assin North, amid their quick deployment of infrastructure to the constituency prior to the elections.
Speaking in an interview on Metro TV, monitored by 1Family Radio, Kwesi Pratt noted that it’s high time the general public stopped falling victim to some campaign tactics by politicians during elections.
“Since 1992, politicians have typically gotten away with their conceit and impunity. There is a by-election; they go, do their thing, construct the road, etc., and they prevail. This is the first time we have encountered constituents who are this defiant.’’
‘’I find this level of defiance to be admirable, and I also believe that trends start off this way. And I have a strong hunch that our political landscape is developing a new trend. It will also be very beneficial for our politics if I am correct,” he added.
‘’It’s time, in my opinion, for us to teach important lessons to our politicians and leaders. They must understand that they are not superhumans and that they are not intellectually superior to the general populace. But their presence is a result of the population’s decision to place them there. There will be a moment of accountability if they don’t act in accordance with what the general public expects.’’
The journalist went on to say that it’s important to dispel the common misconception that some fundamental institutions, such as the Supreme Court and the Electoral Commission (EC), are impenetrable.
“This trend is going to be very important, especially in this age where every constitutional institution claims to be above the people; the EC claims it is independent and no one can tell it what to do; the Supreme Court claims they are above everyone, among other myths that must be dispelled,” he maintained.