The International Monetary Fund (IMF) members’ actions and remarks, as well as those of the US ambassador in Ghana, have drawn criticism and accusations of undermining Ghana’s independence, cultural values, and economic stability.
The worries of Ghanaians are highlighted in a press release from The Dignified African Institute (TDAI) and are questioned in the statement, which is signed by its Communications Director, Okatasi Mut Djeriwo (PhD).
The news statement, dated August 30, 2023, underlines the respect that African ancestors had for nature and spirituality as well as the historical knowledge that is encoded in their DNA.
Invoking these ingrained cultural norms, the release critiques the actions of some foreign officials in Ghana.
The old African wisdom that understood the cyclical nature of the earth and the divinity in all creation has been made clear by TDAI.
According to the release, correctional systems were unnecessary because these spiritual ideas promoted a feeling of accountability and responsibility in society.View more: A group accuses US ambassadors and IMF representatives of engaging in rogue diplomacy in Ghana
The announcement mentioned recent events like IMF manipulations and the LGBTQ+ discourse in Ghana in order to shed focus on the historical injustices experienced by Africa as a result of colonization and the exploitation of its knowledge systems.
In assisting the Ghanaian governments in ways that have caused economic instability and hardship, the IMF was accused in the release of engaging in both covert and overt manipulation.
The TDAI criticizes the validity of the IMF’s right to intervene and demands clarity regarding its goals in Ghana in response to the IMF’s defense of the Ghanaian government’s activities.
TDAI draws attention to the US Ambassador’s participation in a discussion on LGBTQ+ rights that many Ghanaians find offensive.
According to TDAI, the Ambassador’s position on LGBTQ+ rights runs against to those of the Ghanaian Parliament, religious institutions, and cultural norms.
Therefore, it queries whether the Ambassador’s activities would suggest covert objectives, possibly including the dispersal of aid materials disguised as humanitarian help.
Therefore, the TDAI has requested that the US Ambassador and the IMF respect Ghana’s people, values, and sovereignty.
The organization has also emphasized the desires of the Ghanaian people for peace, prosperity, and the preservation of cultural values.
The press statement also emphasizes the need for foreign organizations to uphold Ghana’s integrity as a sovereign state.
The press release has not yet received an official reaction from the Ghanaian government.
However, the text has sparked public discussion among numerous stakeholder organizations and on social media channels.
Some individuals agree with the organization’s position and see it as a declaration of pride and dignity for their country, while others voice concerns about the diplomatic fallout from such a public rebuke of foreign officials.
Strong language and demands for accountability in the press release have stirred discussions about the place of foreign organizations in domestic issues and the value of good diplomatic manners.
Below is the full release by TDAI: