I woke up this morning with a lot on my mind; I wished I had the power to change things that I know are within my power to change. One typical example that has dominated discussions in cars, at home, chop bars, offices, studios of radio stations etc, is the dumsor that has become like an albatross that is refusing to let go of our necks.
Imagine my surprise when I was deluding myself of trying to play God, since it is becoming clearer by the day that it is only God who can get us out of this problem, a name comes up and spoils my day.
Irene Naa Torshie, Member of Parliament, MP, for Tema West. If anybody had told me that woman still has the desire to contest for that seat again, I would have said the person is not only losing his or her mind, but had lost their world.
Irene Naa Torshie is one of the luckiest MPs in Ghana. Her constituency is not an impoverished one and so she has little to do to maintain that seat for as long as she desires. I have spent hours trying to point to one thing that she has done in that constituency and it is becoming like a journey to discover God.
In the run up to the 2012 elections, like the Lamranbaga Mosque, residents of Tema West woke up to an imposing billboard of a Polyclinic, the MP was putting up. As I write this article and as she continues to stir controversy in her party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Polyclinic is still a fathom borne out of the figment of her imagination.
Sometimes, all you want to write about is the good things that is happening around us and in our country, the change people bring that put smiles on the faces of people, which has a promise of a better tomorrow, but unfortunately you have people like Irene Naa Torshie parading as leaders of our society and all they bring with them is pains, anguish and more pain.
I am one of those people who have had the opportunity of voting in more than one Constituency, both in 2000, 2004 and 2008, I voted in Sakumono, not that I ever voted for Irene Naa Torshie. I don’t like people who do not engage in healthy competition, but rather use their association to have their way.
The political history of Naa Torshie has not been an impressive one; the manner in which she treated Lawyer Abraham Osei Aidoo was horrific. The Majority leader then was haunted out of office. Naa Torshie used her association with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to push her way through.
Lawyer Aidoo, was disgraced and that unfortunately marked the beginning of his political wilderness and perhaps a permanent retirement to his Chamber to practice one thing that he is got left for him that cannot be taken away: Law.
If Naa Torshie, has any shame left in her, she will do the honorable thing by not putting herself up again for that seat in 2016, but no, she is a politician, who always think they will save their best dance for the last.
The people of Tema West, have not seen any benefit in her, she has been nothing, but a disaster of an MP.
It is people like Naa Torshie, who make politics look like a child’s play. They have always used money to buy their way and have always betrayed the trust and confidence reposed in them by the ordinary man.
It is alleged and past experiences is enough evidence of Naa Torshie’s machinations and wicked moves to have potential contenders in the NPP primary in the Tema West Constituency disqualified.
In 2008, it was done to Lawyer Abraham Aidoo, although he was not disqualified, the way and manner he went out was more like in a Rambo style and could qualify for disqualification.
In 2012, another person was disqualified and she was made to go unopposed. She still wants to employ that same Communist inferior tactics to push her way through again.
Unfortunately for her, her cup is full and the executives of Tema West, as well as the Constituents see her for who she is.
The scales are falling off their eyes and they are seeing how naked and empty she is, they are no longer falling for her pranks. The decision the party took sometimes ago to have women sitting Members of Parliament be contested only by women, was one of the tactics the party was using to further the ambitions of people like Irene Naa Torshie. When the party failed to push that agenda through, she is now employing the backdoor tactics to have some people disqualified.
Our elders have a saying that the executioner fears knife. If she believes that she has done enough to deserve another four years in the August House to represent the people of Tema West, I do not think she will fear any competition from anybody. She was able to defeat Ofosu Ampofo of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2012 parliamentary election, against what many people had predicted. Her victory in 2012 was at best a miracle, how she pulled that through, only God and her can tell.
Competition is the bedrock of democracy; competition is what makes democracy the best form of government, the day we take that away, will be the day we will lose it all.
Naa Torshie, has always been afraid of competition, her past has caught up with her and now nothing she does is going to save her.