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[ARTICLE] : The Disease Called Partisan Politics

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Partisan Politics

The core assets of people to behold and cherish are their tribe, culture, religion, beliefs and behaviour.

Coming to the great nation called GHANA, which has won much respect and known for meticulous achievements in the sub-Saharan Africa, these uplifting values are reducing and been changed. They are on the vanishing edges among the citizenry because of Partisan politics.


Although it has helped to uplift and strategically reveal the identity, loyalty and effective comparison between political parties, their effects are more exhibited and fast spreading like cancer.

Insults, lies, unnecessary arguments and shadow injustice has been the take over because of Partisan politics. According to Wikipedia, a partisan is a committed member of a political party, who strongly support their political policies and reluctant to compromise with their political opponents.


Politics on the other hand is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status.

With these definitions we clearly understand that partisan politics is a person who belongs to a power related group associated with making of decision, who strongly supports only his political group or party and see that of his opponent unworthy and fallacy whether good or bad.

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Most times, hearing communicators from any of the two dominant political parties in Ghana N.P.P and N.D.C speaking at any given platform speaks only in favour of his or her party, damaging the opposition party will ill-suited words.


These partisan communicators are far from diplomacy and simply truths subjecting them to confusing the entire citizenry Ghana.
Personally, I question myself several times; “who is even telling the truth?”. A question left rhetoric.

Politics is not a bad act, however, it becomes worse when it ascends peaks of partisan, it becomes unattractive, unmanned and uncultured as it is mixed with hypocrisy lies, greed, propaganda, unfulfilled promises, envy and many unacceptable acts which are stampeding the trajectory of this beloved nation and democracy at large.

Whenever I listen to politicians in Ghana, I come to the assertion that their intentions for joining politics are very antonym to what they say.


Judging by their actions and inactions, one can easily conclude that they are costume liars who don’t have the interests of Ghana but their own selfish interests. They place personal interests and partisanship above nation building.

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They allow partisanship to take hold their sincerity, understanding, transparency and justice. They view almost every national issue with a ‘political lens’. Some even resort to tribal politics to win votes by inciting their political opponents against certain tribes.

Partisan politics has made important uncompleted projects previous governments toiled to initiate often abandoned by ruling governments who think their political opponents would take the credit after the completion of the projects. But continuity in governance is prime to development.

The authenticity is that partisanship is unproductive to the poor in rural areas who lack potable water, electricity, good shelter and yet continue to walk in the sun to cast their votes in the name of democracy.

Partisanship will never fix the Ghana we are looking for, when politicians have refused to be patriotic, logic and thoughtful in the delivering their mandatory responsibilities. In addition, partisanship will never project the wonderful Ghana when politicians have become corrupt, egocentric, greedy and hypocritical.


Ghanaians must be observant and focus enough to avoid these sugar coated and egocentric politicians, we must understand that none of these people are worth dying for, we have to be conscious well seated, not naive but critically deliver and render our responsibility as citizens but not as individuals of any political party.

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We should be ready to protect our rights and not naively give them away. Barack Obama once said “ change will not come when you wait for some other person or time, we are the one’s we have been waiting for, we are the change we seek”. Let’s stand up and be the change we seek.

ADJEI-KYEREH RONALD,
NURSE’S TRAINING COLLEGE,PANTANG.

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