By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA
Winneba (C/R) Jan 01, GNA – Former President
John Dramani Mahama and Presidential flagbearer of the National Democratic
Congress has expressed concern about the growing loss of faith and trust in the
country’s democratic system.
He described it as a ‘looming danger’ to
democracy and could be dangerous to citizens.
He said it was manifesting with apathy
towards elections and demands of money and material things in exchange for
political support, adding that, monitisation made politics more expensive and
continued to fuel corruption in the country.
Former President Mahama shared these views
at the 38th anniversary of the 31st December Revolution in Winneba on Tuesday
on the theme, “Monetization of Elections in Ghana: ‘A threat to National
Development and Genuine Democracy.”
According to him, Ghanaians had become
despondent with strong sentiments that no matter what happened, there could be
no significant transformation in their lives.
He blamed the practice on the arrogance of
power, lack of humility and modesty in public service and waste of national
resources by public office bearers and stressed the need to the Country to work
towards restoring modesty and humility in government, while identifying with
the sacrifices of the people.
“The only means we can bring back the trust
of our people and minimize monitisation in our politics is to uphold the
revolutionary principles of probity and accountability. We must be prepared to
be probed and to be accountable”, he said
He said there was the need to step up the
fight against corruption and nepotism, while strengthening the assets
declaration regime of the country.
Mr. Mahama said a new NDC government would
seek to review the law and ensure that every public office holder including;
the president would declare their assets and publish those assets for all
Ghanaians to see.
He urged supporters of the NDC to reflect on
the principles of probity and accountability as trumpeted by the
31st December Revolution to work hard for victory in 2020.
He said the 31st December Revolution,
which played a pivotal role in the history of the Country, laid a solid
foundation for the 4th republic and the formulation of the 1992
Former President John Jerry
Rawlings bemoaned the level of corruption in the Country saying, “corruption
has eaten so deep into the fabric of the masses of our country that it has
taken away that team spirit at the grassroots”.
He said it was time the Country drew lessons
from the two incidents to reform, transform and improve upon justice and freedom
in the society.
He underscored the need to give due
respect to all deserving people and not only to people of high social class.