Feature Article of Thursday, 17 January 2013
Columnist: Tay, Wilson
By Wilson Tay
As the political storm appears to have subsided in the country, there comes the need to revisit those stinking lumps whose pollutions of the air were overshadowed by the political cloud. One of such offensive lumps is the Ghanaweb article titled ‘NDC’s Last Gargantuan ‘Kokofu’ Promotions Out’ – a news article supposedly put up on 4 December 2012 by a clown of a media house named ‘DAYBREAK’.
In the said article, the authors freely poured out their lamentations about an intended promotions in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in their usual unconventional manner aimed at drawing public sympathy towards a cause they had since long embarked upon. The most striking feature of the article however is its poor journalistic quality – a practice atypical of a responsible media house. The tone of the architects mirrors that of a bunch of miscreants who seek opportunities under press freedom to chastise the military with the use of false and concocted information.
The article alleged that the intended promotions published by the GAF Military Secretary’s Office were based on tribal considerations and political party cronyism. The GAF, conscious of the strict regulations governing its promotions and the transparency and efficiency with which such promotions are executed may have decided not to embroil itself in any quagmires with second-rate journalists and therefore offered a feeble rebuttal against the allegations. However, those of us sitting on the bench have seen the whole ploy as going beyond the denting of GAF’s image.
I do not question how the paper had come by its proclaimed GAF Military Secretary’s Publication because there is no doubt that such media misfits who are discomforted by lack of attention and patronage often find solace in the generation of very controversial issues. What is amazing however is why the publishers of DAYBREAK chose to keep quiet over the true GAF Military Secretary’s Publication when it was released and have since not apologised to Ghanaians for having disgorged a deceitful and malicious article into the public domain. There is no doubt though that the architects behind DAYBREAK are content with the unrecoverable dust thrown into the air and would do nothing to undermine the force behind the pursuance of their broader agenda?
From the hollow depths of their thoughts, the authors of DAYBREAK named some Senior Officers as having been discriminated against in favour of others on pure ethnic and political grounds. They tried to reinforce this defective presumption with the assertion that virtually all the beneficiary Senior Officers of the supposed promotion originated from Volta and the ‘three Northern Regions’. But having seen the true GAF Military Secretary’s Publication and realised that indeed Akans greatly dominated the list, the publishers of DAYBREAK have disgracefully recoiled into their rat holes to enjoy the comforting, soothing and triumphant dawn of their desired reality. Would DAYBREAK’s profiting from the soothing revelation discourage any further acquisition of fictitious promotion publications from conspirators in the military from which they figure out how many Voltarians and Northerners in relation to Akans are contained therein?
DAYBREAK authors know Akans, Ewes, Ga Adangbes, etc, and they know ‘Northern Ghana’ but not Gonjas, Dagombas, Mamprusis, Bimobas, Frafras, Kokombas, and so on. The Akan tribe is too large to be credited or discredited with a particular set of values or a pattern of behaviour, but if there were some of our countrymen and women of that origin who shared in the greedy sentiments being nurtured by DAYBREAK and wanted to unfold the extent of public or corporate administrative privileges and rights which to their chagrin are allotted to some identified tribes undeservedly, they would have certainly tasked objective and analytical minds devoid of prejudicial feelings. Such a mission would certainly not be assigned to a bunch of frustrated personalities like publishers of DAYBREAK who are aptly depicted as such by virtue of their absurdities. The said media house in its stoking of public anxiety and the creation of mistrust for GAF had published previous similar bizarre and libelous articles such as; ‘Kokofu and Victimisation in the Army’, ‘Ghana Armed Forces must be Regionally Balanced’ and ‘Soldiers Cash for Mill’s Campaign’. In these crap of journalistic craft, the bigots read tribalism and cronyism into every occurrence in the military. My humble question is: Are all such woefully deprived and wretched media houses operating under the regulatory mechanisms of the Ghana Media Commission and the Ghana Journalist Association?
DAYBREAK authors are not alone in their uneasy feelings and self-hunt about which appointment goes to what tribe. The columnists Rocky Adofo, Justice Sarpong, and the she-male Kwabena Akurang-Parry (alias Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema) who have become so pathetic, miserable and demented owing to the twist against their expectations on the political scene have always joined in the bigoted conduct initiated by DAYBREAK. These names signify faceless personalities who have become pathetically wrought under the burden of red-hot anxieties and excruciating pain of seeing appointments going to members of some identified tribes in our society. They are continually begrudging government and concerned entities in a bid to invite public vilification on their target tribe on matters of appointments, promotions and all what they consider as the preserve of their origin. It is an opportune moment to tell the authors of DAYBREAK and their cohorts that as a noble institution, the GAF has always laid enough emphasis on its human resource development and backed it with an effective career planning. In this vein, a military officer’s performance and conduct is monitored from the first day of his or her enlistment. No two officers hold the same seniority in rank, therefore, based on the number of vacancies available at a particular time, one could be promoted over his or her mates.
The GAF’s final list of recommendations for promotion is done by a GAF Selection Board and not by one person as thought by the authors of DAYBREAK in their faulty imagination and conjecture. The board is not composed of members of a particular tribe or political party operatives. Such perceptions by any person would only be a figment of his or her own imagination. The Selection Board’s major considerations are inter alia; the number of years served in the current rank, records of proficiency and general conduct.
At least a few Ghanaians are aware of the platforms used by GAF to educate the general public on its activities. There are occasions for Open Day Celebrations aside the training of National Service Personnel and School Cadets. Such occasions often offer good opportunities for the public to interact with members of GAF. Our journalists also know that the doors of GAF are opened to them, especially on such pure administrative issues as promotions, to the extent that the security of the nation or that of GAF is not compromised.
I call to mind a sticker on someone’s vehicle that reads: ‘In Case of Reckless Driving Dial 0800-01-Go Eat Shit’. If the authors of DAYBREAK wish to continue riding on their mischief to malign GAF with their falsified promotion and appointment lists, they can go a step further by seeking correction through such authorities as CHRAJ, or they may dial: 0800-01-Go Eat Dung.
Wilson Tay is an environmentalist. You can contact him on 0243-821734672 or 0233-246861423 or [email protected]