• Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

When elections are not possible, people may consider a coup – Manteaw to Atuguba

Dr. Steve Manteaw, a civil society activist and chairman of the Civil Society Platform on Oil and Gas, has stated that one of the causes of coups in most nations is the lack of a viable alternative to the ruling party.

He said that the people must have no other choice but to take the law into their own hands if they are to consider altering the administration. However, he claimed that this is not the situation in Ghana.

He was responding to a statement by Professor Raymond Atuguba, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana, that conditions in Ghana are ripe for coups.

Professor Atuguba urged the government to acknowledge and address the economic crisis.

“We don’t want a coup in our nation, but if we don’t move swiftly, we might find ourselves in the middle of one.” There is just one thing to do right now: prevent coups in Ghana, because the climate and environment, both national and international, are favourable to such an event. We must press the administration, and prior governments to a greater extent, to acknowledge the current economic catastrophe.

“Ghana’s economic woes began before to COVID-19. COVID-19, on the whole, was a wonderful thing for Africa and Ghana,” he remarked at a Solidare Ghana seminar.

“Professor Atuguba was forthright and brutally frank,” Dr. Manteaw said in a Facebook post. There’s no malice here. However, he left out one requirement for coups: the people must have no other means of overthrowing the government, which is not the situation in Ghana.”

Adansi Asokwa Adansi Asokwa Adansi Asokwa Following Professor Atuguba’s coup comment, Member of Parliament Kobina Tahir (KT) Hammond has also taken a go at him.

KT Hammond questioned why, in his opinion, some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are always calling for military intervention in the country’s administration when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in power.

“Why is it that during the NPP administration, every time that the NDC gets, not all of them to be fair, but the reckless ones are screaming for the military intervention?” KT Hammond responded to him at a news briefing in Parliament on Wednesday, March 2.

“What is it about the military that appeals to you?”

“Let me tell Professor Atuguba that he does not have the right to leave his brain, not even half of his brain.

“He owes it to his students and the constitution that no one, even himself, has the right to utter the things he has stated.” He is a professor of law, and he is well-versed in the Constitution.

“Anyone who attempts to subvert the constitution commits the offense that he knows, he goes to make a statement like this,” says the speaker.

“The military knows what they’re doing; they’re a professional institution whose responsibility is to guide the country’s territorial integrity, period,” he continued. “They’re not interested in dabbling in politics.” We are all witnesses to these events because the group before them dabbled in politics. They are uninterested; officers are professionals, and rank and file members are professionals who understand their responsibilities. It is not Atuguba’s style to invite them to hold the country hostage.

“Clearly, he is an NDC sympathizer, and certainly, I am aware that at one time he worked in the president’s office, he is an NDC sympathizer, but that is not an issue, because the constitution permits the people of Ghana to speak at regular intervals.”

“The last one was in 2020, we had an election, four more years, we spent approximately a year and a half after that, and now we’re going to have an election.”

“It is for the people of the country to pass their judgment if they do not like the NPP administration because they believe we messed up; it is not for someone who thinks he knows the law and has studied the law to go around flaunting foolishness like that.”

“I’ll be astonished if they haven’t invited him already.” “It’s complete nonsense.”

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