A former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (Rtd) has indicated that the violence that has characterised the Ghana electoral system in the fourth republic is as result of the quest of politicians to use political power to enrich themselves.
He told Steve Anti on TV3’s Election Command Centre Monday, August 31 that almost all politicians are seeking power to enrich themselves.
Therefore, he noted, they resort to whatever means including violence to achieve their aim.
To be able to deal with this problem, he suggested that politics will need to be redefined in Ghana to concentrate on the service to humanity.
He said “There are quite a few reasons for electoral violence in Ghana but the one that is paramount is that elections have become a business.
“If you get power you get what you want and rather than going to serve the people the politicians use the power to be rich and make themselves comfortable. That to me is the biggest danger that we face. They don t go to serve the people.
“If you want power, you get the power by whatever means you can. So NPP in power now, NDC will do whatever they can to get power back in December, and NPP will say I won’t give I to you. That is the cause of violence.
“So we need to look at the nature of our politics which has changed to become not service to humanity to become a business.”
By laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana