A former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo Mensah has denied reports that he and former New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, Dr. Nyaho Tamakloe are forming a new political party.
He explains that they are rather encouraging what he described as a “movement” to challenge Ghana’s duopoly; the governing NPP and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Speaking to Citi News on their intention, the former national security advisor, expressed disappointment over how the NPP and the NDC governments have ran the country over the years.
“It is not true. The truth of the matter is that I have been concerned about this country for quite a while and the direction of the country as we speak. I am worried about it. Many people across the political divide who are true and patriotic Ghanaians believe that the two political parties are not helping Ghana. I don’t believe that the two political parties can do something about it. That is why I believe that we need a political movement. A new movement, not a political party. Look at Ghana today, NDC was in power, NPP is in power for two years but everyone is complaining. Mahama also wants to come back but I ask, for what? I don’t see any future.”
There are rumors that the two individuals want to outdoor a new political party ahead of the 2020 general elections.
Ghana since the commencement of the 4th republic has been governed by only two political parties – the NPP and NDC.
For the 27 years of the practice, the NPP has governed for 11 years and the NDC, for 16 years.
Two new parties formed
The Electoral Commission (EC) recently handed the final Certificates of Registration to two newly formed political parties, Ghana Union Movement (GUM), and Power Unity Party (PUP).
The registration of the two parties brings to 27, the number of registered political parties in the country likely to contest next year’s elections.
These parties are already promising to relieve Ghanaians of the current economic hardship if they are voted into power during next year’s general elections.