[ 2012-06-14 ]
Ghana cannot do without multiparty democracy - K.B Asante
Elderly Statesman K.B Asante says he strongly
backs Archbishop Kwesi Sarpong’s harsh criticism
of politicians in a lecture on Wednesday.
Archbishop Emeritus Most Reverend Peter Kwasi
Sarpong slammed politicians as being responsible
for the highly polarized Ghanaian society.
He said politicians are deceitful and make
unrealistic promises as well as have created an
atmosphere where insults, personal attacks and
character assassination have become the order of
He also criticized the winner-takes-all political
system and suggested Ghana does away with
Commenting on Archbishop Sarpong’s comments, Mr.
K.B Asante told XYZ News that inasmuch as he
largely agrees with the Archbishop; it will be
difficult to do away with multiparty democracy for
“I do not think as of now we can change the
system, I can’t think of any other way of electing
people or this whole nation doing something for
itself except through representatives of political
parties, party politics have come to stay” Mr. K.B
He added that “I am in great sympathy with the
archbishop; naturally he is a deep thinker and has
seen it all…so it shows how serious the
Meanwhile, the Minority Leader in Parliament Osei
Kyei Mensah-Bonsu says the Archbishop’s concern
musn’t be swept under the carpet.
“We accept that we must be democratic but he
[Rev. Sarpong] says the Ghanaian situation before
the advent of colonialism was democratic enough
which we can improve without allowing partisanship
to take over the control of the management of
affairs of this country as we are witnessing but
one thing that we haven’t done is putting in place
a real long term development plan” Osei Kyei
Mensah Bonsu said.
But the deputy Majority Leader in Parliament,
Rashid Pelpuo however believes despite the
archbishop’s concerns, Ghana’s democratic
dispensation has improved over the years.
“The truth is that we are doing well, we have
come a long way and in the absence of democracy
there will be chaos and democracy clearly defines
the way forward”.
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