July 25, 2024
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Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings questions the state of Ghana’s Democracy and Governance

The Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle coregion, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, has taken to social media to express her deep concerns about the state of democracy and governance in Ghana.

In a thought-provoking post on LinkedIn, she raised questions about the fairness, transparency, and integrity of the political process, and whether these principles would guide the upcoming 2024 general elections.

Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings expressed her struggle with the prevailing political climate and the expectation of “waiting till 2024” to potentially see a change of government. She pondered whether the democratic process would be upheld during the elections or if it would be marred by attempts to undermine democracy and the rule of law.

The parliamentarian and daughter of late Ghana President Jerry John Rawlings also highlighted the long-standing issue of a winner-takes-all approach to Ghana’s interpretation of democracy and criticized the focus on elections while failing to address bad governance and corruption between electoral cycles, allowing a few individuals to lead the nation into turmoil.

The parliamentarian reflected on the role of individuals with knowledge of the rule of law and democracy and questioned whether they intended to use their expertise to dismantle what others had built, and called for a collective commitment to stop the backsliding of the nation and to ensure that democracy and governance are not undermined.

In her message, Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings expressed the need for a collective declaration that Ghana will not allow democracy to be hijacked, and she called for a limit to the patience of the people when it comes to political interference and partisanship that weaken the nation’s institutions.

“As I look at countries in the midst of conflict whose people are suffering but fighting for a better future, I look at my own beloved country Ghana and I wonder at which point will we all collectively declare that we will not allow people to hijack us under the guise of democracy and take our compliance for granted. When will enough be enough?”

Zanetor’s post has sparked discussions on the state of democracy in Ghana and the need for a re-evaluation of the country’s governance and political landscape.

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