General News of Saturday, 13 April 2013
Source: Joy Online
A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana has scoffed at people who are predicting a coup d’etat in Ghana if the current labour unrest and demonstrations are not curtailed.
Dr Kpessah Whyte said the doom mongers must stop pontificating on imminent coup d’etats in Ghana and suggest ways and ideas of ending the seasons of strike currently taking place in Ghana.
He was reacting to recent comments in the media that the current industrial unrest and demonstrations in the country are invitations to a coup in Ghana.
The Chairman of the UK/Ireland branch of the New Patriotic Party, Hayford Atta-Krufi gave a strong indication that a coup d’état may happen if the Mahama government does not take steps to arrest the many labour unrest in the country.
His views were largely supported by Ransford Gyampo, a lecturer at the University of Ghana. Mr Gyampo indicated that Ghana’s fragile democracy could suffer a relapse if the industrial unrest were not curtailed.
But speaking on Joy FM and Multi TV’s news analysis programme Newsfile, Dr Kpessah Whyte said coups no longer have a place in our current democratic dispensation.
He said Ghana’s military men have become professional and will not contemplate a take over of the country.
He said the current labour unrest is part and parcel of the democratic process, adding, there are mechanisms within the same democracy to resolve these challenges.
In any case, Dr Whyte argued the terrain which made coup d’etats a relatively easier enterprise has changed drastically.
He said unlike the 60s and early 80s which had only one radio station- the state broadcaster- there are currently over 300 radio stations and a dozen more TV stations which will make coup d’etats increasingly difficult activity to be carried out.
In the 60s to early 80s disgruntled soldiers took over the state broadcaster after gun battles to announce successful coups.
But now, Dr Kpessah Whyte is convinced these soldiers, if at all they have such ideas, will find it difficult taking over all of these stations.
The Editor of the Crusading Guide Newspaper, Malik Kwesku Baako, who was also on the show, agreed completely with the views by Dr Whyte.
Mr Baako said those people trumpeting the imminence of coups in Ghana are “relics of history” and “voices of the lunatic French.”
He said instead of creating awareness for a possible coup in Ghana, the people must rather emphasise on the deterrence of coups in Ghana.
He said but for Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, who he described as the luckiest Ghanaian, all others who launched successful coups in Ghana were later killed.
“Where is Kotoka, Afrifa and Acheampong,” he asked, “If you come by the sword, you will die by the sword,” he added.
“There is only one exception and he is a damn lucky Ghanaian,” Baako concluded.