The unveiling of a $20 million edifice ? the headquarters of the ruling party ? is sufficient taunting of Ghanaians by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during these testy economic times.
Wealth it is said in Akan, cannot be hidden; a suggestion that the rich cannot pretend not to be so even if they avoid flamboyant lifestyles. In the case of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), flamboyant lifestyles and ordinate passion for plush mansions are features anyway.
When the President or any of his assigns demands that we sacrifice a little for an economically ailing Ghana, we would be hard-pushed to oblige.
Ghana is passing through interesting and ironic times: while the President and his team seek to create an impression of frugality here and there. The reality is that profligacy is the order of the day. For those seeking evidence of this assertion, the story of the outrageous $63,000 rent being paid monthly by the GNPC to a landlord and the many judgement debts paid for no work done are sufficient proofs.
Yesterday this newspaper revisited the plush NDC mansion situated at Adabraka, Accra, after a long lull. Now the Chinese contractor appears to have handed over the keys of the structure to their clients ? the ruling NDC ? and obviously waiting for their monetary reward if they have not collected a substantial portion of it already.
We are dead sure that unlike local contractors, especially those who worked on road projects, their foreign Chinese counterparts would not have to make representation to the Finance Minister before they are paid.
Working on the edifice of the NDC headquarters is a special assignment and should therefore not suffer the effects of the ailing economy. Oh yes!
Do not ask us why other state commitments such as statutory payments, are still in arrears as money meant for the construction of a party headquarters was bereft of financial challenges.
Perhaps the insincerity of the NDC as a party is another challenge worth brooding over at this stage. We recall the spirited denial put up by a section of the NDC when news about the unfolding mansion was going on. The DAILY GUIDE, which broke the news, received an expected bashing from a section of the NDC leadership who saw in the publication an orchestrated mischief.
Ghanaians, by this eventual outing of the bonafide ownership of the house and therefore a vindication of the DAILY GUIDE for its expose, have had dust thrown into their eyes.
It is saddening that Ghanaians would continue to be used as pawns in a complex political game driven by chicanery.
We await a reaction from the leadership of the NDC as to whether they still maintain their position that the Adabraka mansion does not belong to them.
A lot of water is passing under the bridge and chroniclers of our political history are busily recording the happenings odd and normal. God save Ghana and the public purse.
As for the source of the funding for the mansion, one day the truth will come out.