In Ghana, being a politician comes with a lot of perks, including a generous salary and a slew of perks including vehicle, housing, and travel allowances, as well as offices and ex-gratia.
When asked why he entered politics, former President John Agyekum Kufuor said, “I didn’t go into politics for money.”
He entered politics, he said, to serve the people of Ghana, not to enrich himself.
“Monetization of politics these days, people speak so much about money these days, they make it look like people go into politics to get money,” remarked the former president in an interview with TV3.
In politics, “I didn’t get into it to earn a fortune.” For some reason, I had the belief that I had a duty to do something that would improve the lives of many people in our society.”
Kufuor has also confessed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is becoming more splintered, saying that this is a result of factionalism creeping into the party.
In our opinion, the dedication to liberal democratic ideas isn’t as strong as it was back in 1992, at least in reality.
“Now, I don’t believe that commitment is the same,” Kufuor remarked in an interview with TV3.
It’s almost like a religion today, he said. “The way I feel it, I don’t perceive the same deep dedication”
Too much discussion about factionalism seems to be going on,” he tells the audience. You wouldn’t promote factions in a democratic setting if you wanted it to be inclusive.
There will be less division and emphasis on factions if the process of picking polling stations, organizational committees, constituencies, or nations is abolished.