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There are now as many radio stations across our mighty republic as there winking stars in a galaxy. The problem with some of them is their obsession with advertisements.

 

Let a radio station in Ghana cultivate a sizeable audience, and the next thing you know,  every programme on the station is intermittently interrupted by kilometer-long, never-ending lists of dull and drab announcements purporting to be advertisements of all manner of goods and services.

 

This is usually the case with morning radio. I have another beef with morning radio: Many of them feed ravenously on NDC-NPP politics of a rabid and noisy kind, usually characterized by hoarse screaming, shouting and yelling competitions without an umpire.

 

The fact has not discouraged me from listening to some morning radio talk shows and last Monday as I worked the dial of my radio furiously back and forth trying to cope with the avalanche of commentary on the NPP’s most upsetting parliamentary primaries last Saturday I heard someone mention the name of the NPP’s Kwamena Bartels {I wonder where the man has been}.

 

The gentleman speaking was an NPP member of Parliament and he was commenting on how after last Saturday’s primaries, Mr. Bartels sent him an angry text message calling him names over his alleged attempts to see some parliamentary aspirants fail in their bid.

 

The more I contemplate partisan politics, the more suspicious I become about the possible motivation of the key actors in this controversial game which has been traditionally equated with dirt and slime throughout the ages and please remember that the bit about it being dirty did not originate from me:

 

Are you not surprised that the political species are fighting each other as fiercely as they are fighting other species? Wolf eats dog and dog eats wolf for political supper but then wolf eats wolf and dog eats dog too. Even without being a political zoologist, whatever that means, you can still see that there is something very much amiss with politics.

 

Why would people who belong to the same party and who by implication share the same vision and should be working together toward achieving that vision become such bitter enemies?

 

What is there for grabs that makes comrades in the same political party easily willing to break up the party if need be, in their quest to take control of a party and members of rival parties just as willing to sacrifice national unity and peace for the achievement of political ambitions?

 

In the aftermath of the NPP’s parliamentary primaries last weekend, there was loud grumbling from within the party about wealthy party members literally buying slots for their offspring to contest the next parliamentary elections, some aspiring legislators distributing largesse to community leaders and traditional for their support at the primaries and the payment of plain old bribes to party delegates.

 

All these are either big, fat falsehoods brewed in boiling pots of sour grapes and served to the public by defeated contestants or they are true. If the allegations are not true, there is actually nothing to worry about. If on the other hand they are true, the old, hackneyed question bounces right back with screaming for an answer: Why would anyone pay bribes in order to be able to serve the people?

 

Surely we would be justified in asking how the aspirants expect to get the cost of their investments back with a handsome interest. All concerned need to contemplate the issues with clean consciences: People who pay bribes to get into high public or political office are likely to spend their time in office helping themselves to public money, and for Heaven’s sake, I am not the one saying it.

 

By the way, what is the difference between corruption in public office and government and corruption in internal party politics, do you know?

 

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