By: Fred Yaw Sarpong & Emelia Esumanba
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, as popularly known as General Mosquito has called for calm in the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr. Nketia said Ghana is acclaim as an icon of multi party democracy on the African continent and because of that anything that negatively impact on that image must be a source of concern for everybody, whether you are that particular or not.
He thinks that what happens at the New Patriotic Party (NPP) headquarters was not a good commentary on Ghana’s democracy at all.
General Mosquito was commenting on the recent clashes that took place at the biggest opposition party, NPP National Head Office.
“Our democracy has come of age, and issue of internal wrangling in a major political party in the country affects Ghana’s democracy,” he added.
The NDC General Secretary said as a Chairman of the Political Parties General Secretary caucus in Ghana, he owes it a duty to shares his experience to his fellow General Secretaries on how parties can be run and run well.
Mr. Nketia said the issue that led to the clashes was uncalled for and need to be condemned. “My information gathered indicate that, some the new executives of NPP want to do house cleaning exercise and that involves the sacking of some workers at the head office,” he stated.
“Whatever the reasons, I want to believe that the approach was not the best. They may be several reasons why you may change the people you are working with, but a political party is not like any ordinary organization,’ said Mr. Nketia.
He stated that there are people who are committed to political party and in that sense they are volunteer, before you consider them as workers. And that is how come in very difficulty hard times, where the party is not able to even remunerate these workers sufficient, they are prepare to continue serving the party in their various capacities.
“So when it come to taken a decision to dismiss any or all of them, I think it must be handle with absolutory caution,’ he emphasized.
He said the commentary that came from the NPP head office, “if indeed it is true that the workers did not have any notice about the decision to remove them, and that they just got up and only to be told that their replacement have come so they should leave, if that is the case then it is very wrong.”
“We want to condemn it because as social democrat, we are always on the side of the ordinary workers of this country.”
He noted that, even if the workers at the NPP head office were not operating in a political party office, and they were workers in any other organization, I believe that their interest will be protected by their various collective bargaining agreements. And under any collective bargaining agreement, there is clause that demand notice before any decision to terminate it is arrived at.
“In the cause of the notice there must be payment. So if it is true as we hear that these people were just attempt was made to dismiss them without notice, without any payment in lure of notice, then we must condemn it as it is,” Said Mr. Nketia.
Mr. Nketia said the party has turned on itself because it has no opposition to battle.
“When you practice against your opponents for a very long time, those things become your habit and when you don’t have opponents to practice, you practice it against your own people,” Mr. Nketia added.
Mr. Nketia recalled that similar things happened when a coup d’ etat was sponsored by the forefathers of the NPP led to the Convention People’s Party (CPP) being chased out of the system and banned from elections.
He advised the party to take actions that conform to the norms and labour rules of Ghana.“ If NPP want to sack any worker in Ghana it must be according to the norms and labour rules of Ghana.
While advising the party’s executives to restore order in their party, Mr. Nketia also charged the incoming secretaries and party chairmen “not to allow others to fall in the trap that they have fallen into or managed to dodge.”