(I wrote this on August 22)
Read this as though I were whispering into your ear.
On August 29 the Supreme Court will sit. We will hear the stern voice of Justice William Atuguba delivering what he and his eight other colleague feel is an apt judgement after hearing Addison and Tsatsu and Quarshie-Idun and Lithur speak for hours and throw words like ‘verification’, ‘pink sheet’, into our faces.
I don’t know what they will say. I don’t know what they won’t say. Whatever that happens though, we will all listen to them and hopefully respect what they say and move on with our lives. Let’s face it; life has been slow in Ghana since the run in to December 7 and its aftermath. Some folks working in banks tell me that some customers who would have normally come in for loans and other facilities will tell them “boss, you let us wait for the election thing to end wai”. I see the body language of the President sometimes and I get the impression he feels the load of doubt hanging over his head as a result of the court case.
I am frankly not too worried about the repercussions of this case. I am not worried because I am not expecting my neighbourhood or workplace to be turned upside down because the ruling did not favour some people. Surely some side would have to lose. There are however several positives to take away from this and I am hoping we all notice it and grab it.
Whiles at it, will our politicians please stop making pronouncements that seek to assure their following of some imminent victory as though they had a crystal ball in their bedrooms? There are things we can forgive them for politicking but surely this is one of those times we should do that with wisdom and tact. Key message is that WE SHALL ALL CONTINUE WITH OUR LIVES AFTER AUGUST 29!
Having said this though, I get the sense that national security and our security officers may be tackling this whole security assurance in a way that is not so cool. Gbevlo-Lartey says they are ready and most importantly their intelligence do not point to any violence. That is good to know. But I wished there would be a lot more public engagement in all of this. See, we do not have that many police and security folks to be in every nook and cranny. We thus will rely on ordinary members of the public to volunteer info and most importantly to put sense into ourselves to stay on the straight and narrow.
I ended a piece I did ahead of the 2012 elections saying “When all is said and done, December 7th to 10th will offer us a lot of anxious moments, dramatic sound bites, wailing from losers, cheers from victors, and a united and Ayarigated state called Ghana. Let’s keep it safe, peaceful. We have proven to the world that we understand democracy and can make it work. Let the world look at us again and use us as an example of democracy that works”.
What we do from now is as important as what we do from the time Justice Atuguba’s gavel strikes his desk. I love Ghana!