The Brazil File
A couple of days ago the issue of the Brazilian debacle cropped up once more with a devastating effect. It rocked Parliament in a manner which exposed further the extent to which the executive is seeking to cover the Brazilian debacle.
It is a subject which has become so jinxed that when it erupted in the face of the Speaker in Parliament, it aggravated what is already a befuddling matter, requiring an immediate unraveling.
There is something the executive is seeking to protect and the more it does so the more we want to know the truth about how much gold was mined from the Brazilian campaign.
We observed with disappointment how Mahama Ayariga treated the CI 82 issue in the House. Coming to his new post with the Information Ministry mindset, is disturbing. It is something which underscores the fact that some persons are being shielded lest too much beans are spilled.
We can conclude that the approach being adopted as a means of ascertaining the truth about what happened is not the best. It is at best a means of serving the interest of somebody who cannot stand the truth being told.
Even before the Presidential Commission takes the first step of probing the nonsense that our participation in the World Cup tournament represented, the necessary confidence in its work is already lost.
The bipartisan approach which should have been the best option would trample upon the reputation of many politicians in the ruling party, rocking an already listing ship of state.
How can we get to the bottom of how much money was airlifted with a cover of emergency to Brazil? Was it $3 million or $4.5 million? We may never get to know the truth because the executive, which has a hold over the legislature, will find a way of covering the incriminating details using the advantage of numbers in the House.
Empirical evidence exists to suggest that presidential probes under the current dispensation have never yielded the results for which they were established. The only success such probes have registered is protecting personalities in the ruling party.
A bad precedence is being set in our body-politics. Unless the truth about the Brazilian debacle is told, a repeat in future cannot be obviated.
Watching so much go down the drain in a country still struggling to balance its books is regrettable and worrisome. We are not learning from our mistakes as a nation – a deficiency which is robbing us of the ingredients for socio-economic growth. Perhaps that accounts for our stagnant state or even retrogression.
Transferring personalities involved in the Brazilian mess from one state agency to the other is part of a grand design to cover up what Ghanaians need to know. The drama in Parliament and the so-called presidential probe is another part of the cover-up.
The day of reckoning will surely come one day. Only time will tell.