27 Apr Ghanaians not demonstrating enough against corruption – Manasseh Azure Awuni
27 April 2021
Investigate journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has said that the culture of silence is gradually gaining grounds in the country because Ghanaians have failed to embark on demonstrations to protest injustices suffered by corruption fighters at the hands of government officials.
Speaking on the Super Morning Show, he raised concern over how anti-graft campaigners in the country are left to suffer their fate in instances where they are being harassed by the government.
Citing the case of the former Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo who was asked to resign after his ‘forced’ leave, Mr Awuni said President Akufo-Addo could not have made headway with such a decision in other jurisdictions, especially in an election year.
“We know of Daniel Domelevo who was recently hounded out of office. Elsewhere, people would have walked into the street to demonstrate,” he said.
The comment follows a speech by businessman, Sir Sam Jonah in which he bemoaned a prevailing “culture of silence” in the country.
During his speech, Mr Jonah stated that “it appears to me that the culture of silence has returned. This time not enforced by legal and military power but through convenience, parochialism, hypocrisy and lack of conviction.”
Though his comment has been met with mixed reactions, Mr Azure Awuni agrees with him.
The anti-corruption crusader stated that “since President Akufo-Addo assumed office, the atmosphere hasn’t been the same in terms of how free someone is to express their views and the peace of mind they enjoy after they express those views if they are not in favour of the government.”
He, however, believes that citizens can cause a massive change in the attitude of those in authority by embarking on demonstrations as a way to express their displeasure over corruption-related activities.
“All the problems of this country flow from corruption. It doesn’t take rocket science to stop these activities. Look at the few people who have stood up to fight for this country, how are they treated when they get into trouble? No one speaks a word… we have a citizenry which is too timid and also partisan. Those who are screaming today are doing that only because their political parties are not in power. So when such people stand up and they fall, no one speaks for them” he said on Joy FM.
“The fear is real and if the President is to sit up, at least, it will do his credibility a lot of good,” he added.