Political science lecturer at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Dr. Dominic Degraft Arthur, has suggested the benefits, that comes along with democracy has eluded Ghana due to lawlessness.
He said, Ghana has embraced democracy because it is the best form of governance and reasonable expectations are that it will provide Ghanaians a better life.
However, due to lawlessness, we have been deprived of the opportunities available.
He was speaking to Kwame Tutu on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Wednesday].
He confidently said he is no longer having faith in democracy due to how we have practiced it Ghana.
Politicians in Ghana he lamented are influencing the system; a situation he added has increased lawlessness and impunity.
‘’Political leaders are expected to be transparent, accountable and responsible because of democracy practiced in Africa and most especially Ghana. But in Ghana, democracy has not helped. Our leaders are corrupt, lack integrity and are not transparent. Democracy should protect rights of citizens, democracy should promote the freedom of the press, and democracy should make it easier for citizens to criticize leaders when they go wrong in the country but that is not the case here in Ghana. Some political leaders are protected because of the power they wield. These political leaders have formed vigilante groups and that has significantly increased lawlessness. It has affected our free movement, as Ghanaians and I will urge the government to be firm irrespective of the outcome. We need to disband vigilante groups in the country,’’ he charged.
Democracy is a form of government in which people’s participation is of primary importance. People may participate either directly or indirectly. It is a form of government in which people have equal opportunity and this type of government is based on individual merit and no place of hereditary privilege is to be found in democracy