Facts Are Sacred (1)


The sages say comment is free but facts are sacred. In effect, everybody has an opinion on any issues but only few people are armed with the facts to be able to educate the public.

One issue that has gained currency in the country is the case involving Gyakye Quayson from the high court to the apex court as well as his criminal trial and his re-election to Parliament.

The unfortunate thing is that commentators say anything about this personality depending on which of the political divide one belongs.

Political watchers do not worry so much when party communicators and ordinary citizens speak to the issue, but well-meaning people worry when otherwise respected persons make comments that do not seek solutions to the problem but deepen the differences.

Where we sit, we are wondering whether politicians are above the law and can get away with alleged breaches of the land.

The people who think that Gyakye Quayson is above the law are the same people who are saying the Supreme Court erred by directing Parliament to expunge his name from the records of the legislature.

This makes us wonder whether their comments are not borne out of the colour of their political party.

These people were in the country when Adamu Sakande, then MP for Bawku Central was dragged before the court and accused of holding a dual citizenship. After he was stripped of his membership of Parliament, he was tried and jailed for perjury.

Perhaps Sakande is not a Ghanaian, and, if he was, the blood that ran through him was different from that of Gyakye Quayson.

Maybe that is why they keep saying the two cases are not the same. So they encouraged the NDC to field Gyakye Quayson again and people who felt he was being persecuted returned him to Parliament.

When one listens to the commentaries on Gyakye Quayson and other issues, one wonders whether our leaders are helping the present generation to develop critical thinking or become sycophants.

Paradoxically the people leading this charge are politicians, professors, journalists and civil society who in those good old days were the light of society.

Today, politics has so blinded us to the extent when we see goats we scream cows to lead the people astray. Otherwise how come some personalities who were in Parliament when Sakande was jailed are pleading for Gyakye Quayson to be left off the hook?

These same groups of people were on the “neck” of President Akufo-Addo, saying he engaged in commentaries about Gyakye Quayson’s case before the court and expect the rest of us to applaud them.