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Run, everyone, run, Bojo is in town.  That is what comes out of always waxing gung-ho and earning yourself a bogey image in politics. Bojo is an alias of British senior minister Boris Johnson, who has just taken over the administration of Britain from recently elected Prime Minister Theresa May.

A coup détat? Nah.  May is on leave and has gone trekking with her husband in the woods somewhere in the Swedish mountains with or without secret service agents within easy call.

The story as far as I am concerned, has less to do with Bojo and more to do with the significance of a newly elected ruler going on holiday. Thanks to a culture of military coups which have driven many an African leader from office, African leaders have always had such a jealous and protective eye on their political throne, that they never, ever go on leave.

One of the things I have hated with a singular passion all my life apart from leaders who refuse to go on holiday, is having to be kept waiting. To have someone eat away multiple, potentially productive hours of your time, representing a large chunk of your life, by compelling you to sit around doing nothing, is worse than criminal, don’t you think?

I have had clay gods keep me waiting and waiting and waiting in crowded waiting rooms, staring in fleeting turns at my shoes, wrist watch and the ceiling, but one of the very worst experiences I have had was the case of a big man in a big government office who kept me waiting for five hours, for a meeting which had been scheduled by him!

When I finally met him, he spoke in a defensive and extremely very annoying tone about having had to attend to some other people first, can you imagine that?  In anger and disbelief, I muttered to myself, “may goat pox and pig pox and monkey pox and pox-pox catch you, la!”

Life is unpredictable and people in power and authority may sometimes have good reason for keeping ordinary folks like you and me waiting for millenniums on end, but hey, it is also true that there are some people who feel a great sense of importance, self-glorification and power over their fellow human creatures, when they keep them waiting for hours. For some of them, it is a way of life.

It is an attitude that appeared to have dogged the NDC campaign launch last Sunday, in spite of its general success: There are a trillion and fifty-nine reasons why the programme should have been at its peak in real earnest, when the Cape Coast Stadium was so jam-packed with highly-energised and excited party supporters, that it looked set to explode with people:

One: The attention and alertness of the mass of supporters was at a peek and they were more likely to receive the message in the president’s address with greater enthusiasm. Two: The television cameras sweeping back and forth from across the vast ocean of supporters to the speaking president, and then back to the mass of supporters again and again, would have done so much for the voter appeal of both the president and his party.

Three: Media covering the event were more alert, potentially friendly and attentive in those hours when the stadium was bursting with supporters, and more likely to pick up the best among the sound-bites in the president speech. Four: Party supporters would have left the launch with a good impression about party leaders as not only being efficient when it comes to organization, but also sensitive to their emotional and physical wellbeing.

As it happened, delays left the huge crowed eventually bored, restless, hungry and less likely to be attentive to speeches. By the time the president was ready to make his speech hundreds of supporters had filed out of the venue. The party later explained that supporters were asked to leave the stadium ahead of the president’s speech to be able to start their journeys home early. Ah, that is good then, but why wait until fast approaching dusk made it necessary for them to leave the stadium while their leader was speaking?

If the NDC leadership is under-estimating the level to which such apparent lack of sensitivity to party supporters’ welfare in these and similar situations carry negative consequences, the sight in the media of many NDC women in NPP shirts after they had defected and were being welcomed to the NPP at Bolgatanga this week, might wake them up or will it..?