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Simpa Panyin: The killings shall continue when ‘Powertics’ meets ‘Monetics’

Very soon we will all line up, to be killed. This time around, we will not wait for the contract killers to plan their murders. We will present ourselves to them, lining up in front of their homes, and ask them to kill us, one person after the other, in any manner they so desire, for we want to, at least, become witnesses to our own death, since there are often times no witnesses in the incidences of the murders happening in Ghana.

The last one year or so has been gruesome. We began the year 2018 with Winneba waking up to a shock, of the murder of a woman who was believed to be returning home from town. The killers of Mary Bondze appeared to have hacked her with cutlasses to the neck, and to the head, and gotten her to die not too far away from her own home.

In the last two months alone, there have been three obvious cases of contract killings in Ghana, ranging from managers of Ghana Water Company, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, and the most recent one being Ahmed Suale, the Journalist whose murder has shaken international foundations.

The President has offered words of condolences and asked the security agencies to find the killers of this Journalist. I hope that with the president adding his voice, the action towards the apprehension of those who took away the life of the Journalist would be swift.

But therein lies my problem. In the last ten years, I have received not less than 100 death threats from not less than 20 different sources. I have reported most of these death threats to the police. None of them has ever resulted in the prosecution of the suspects. In fact, in some of the cases, the Police have shown contempt to my reports. Some of those who have issued threats on my life are known faces around, yet those who threaten to walk proudly everyone they go.

Immediately following the last set of death threats was the break-in of my office, and the ransacking of documents belonging to my organization, Challenging Heights, and its sister companies. One thing seems to be leading to the other, while no one is being arrested.

I have been lucky to have remained alive. I don’t know what the next one year or so holds for me, but I have never been such resolute in my life, in my quest to stand for the truth, and to resist the oppressors’ rule, for we cannot will our destiny in the hands of those whose gratification it is to profit off of wrong actions.

I believe in wealth creation. I believe that those who work hard, and fairly, must be rewarded for their ingenuity. But I don’t believe in having monies that are ill-gotten, through blackmail, power play, killings and manipulation. As someone who grew up in the village, I saw everyone worked for his food. And I saw fathers and mothers teaching their children the values of working hard for what you eat.

By: James Kofi Annan

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