Politics as by Academic definition connotes the social relations involving struggle to gain power to rule over a particular group of people. The mandate to govern the people comes as a result of political power, and the allocation of state resources are all based on politics.
Scholars like Aristotle also define it as who gets what ,how, where and when the needed resources are distributed.
The allocation of these resources are mostly done on political disparities as there is an uneven distribution of these state resources.
Per this analogy, individuals aspiring to contest for election to be voted as Parliamentarians or President fail to meet the expectations of the electorates. Instead, a politician comes to power, then in four years, he/she becomes rich. Electorates do not have the chance to question the source of wealth of their leaders, and as a result, most of these leaders also do not disclose their assets.
Winning the heart of electorates to gain political muscles to rule comes with great difficulty. People usually even utter abusive and provocative languages against their contenders just to win political favours.
These politicians are meant to serve their fellow countrymen when voted into power, however, the citizens rather end up serving these politicians, narrowing the whole situation and turning it upside down.
Politicians these days push in money into the political game to win power and after gaining the power, reap what they have invested. Politics and development are expected to move together, but because of the nature of politics we practice, we hardly see the relationship between the two.
Without money one cannot have any political position.
This phenomenon of “moneycracy” has eaten into the fabrics of our political actors and has hightened to a level where vote buying has become a norm in the current political hunting. After the election, the supposed MPs will not be found anywhere around the community they were voted to represent, rather, they move to the capital city, riding in flashy V8 and spending on luxurious items, providing good care for their own families, leaving the citizens behind.
This has gotten to a level where things are getting out of hand. Political aspirants share physical cash, and others write huge cheques just to win power.
Moneycracy has taken a new route in our political game . The dynamics of our Ghanaian politics has changed to nothing better than sharing of money. The “no money , no vote” fallacy has been the norm, and politicians end up making promises which can’t be fulfilled.
People try to buy phones,TVs, bicycles and others for delegates in their constituencies during the primaries, in order to win the contest.
This is major concern which has drawn the development and growth of the country back.
Finding a lasting solution demands the consented efforts of political parties, and its actors have to come together to end these disgraceful acts which have given the country a bad name in the international front.
By: Kobina Nyamekye | Apt News Ghana
Joe Bright Nyarko
Journalist/Communication Researcher. Environment & Sustainability Advocate. Managing Editor of aptnewsghana.com, a non-profit news portal with bias towards environment and sustainability issues, rural development policies and gender & inequality.