Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, a former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, has denied reports that he and former New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe are forming a new political party.
He explained that they are rather encouraging what he described as a “movement” to challenge the country’s duopoly, the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Speaking on their intention, Brig. Gen. Nunoo-Mensah, who was also the former national security advisor, expressed disappointment and disgruntled over how the NPP and the NDC governments had ran the nation over the years.
“It is not true, the truth of the matter is that I have been concerned about the country for quite a while, the direction of our country, I am worried about it, many of the citizenry across the political divide who are true and patriotic citizens believe that the two political parties are not helping the country.
“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, former President Mahama also wants to come back but I ask, for what? I don’t see any future,” Brig. Gen. Nunoo-Mensah lamented.
There are rumors that the two individuals want to outdoor a new political party ahead of the 2020 general election 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.
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 the citizenry of the current economic hardships if they are voted into power during next year’s elections.