The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has alleged that his son was sacked from a private company where he worked after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the 2016 elections.
“My son is out of work” for more than three years, he said in a JoyNews interview.
According to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) politician, his son, Asiedu Nketia Jnr, worked with a private company licenced by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to clear goods at the ports.
But port authorities told the private company that “unless my son is sacked, their licence will be withdrawn,” he said.
The NDC General Secretary also said he has felt the impact of political victimisation on his business. “I am a block-maker. Everybody knows I am a block maker,” he said.
Asiedu Nketia revealed that contractors who bought blocks from his enterprise had not been paid as a way of “squeezing” his business.
“[The] government gets to know that this contractor is owning Asiedu Nketia and so if he is paid Asiedu Nketia’s business will run”, he said.
“It is not as if the government institution does not have the money. The money is ready, but somehow they won’t pay you” the NDC General Secretary said.
He said his block-manufacturing factory in Accra is closed and the workers laid off.
Asiedu Nketia, popularly known as General Mosquito, added his daughter to his story of political victimisation.
He said once working in the head office of an internal audit department within a government institution, his daughter was transferred to a district office under bizarre circumstances.
He said his daughter is now on a Chinese government scholarship to do a PhD.
Johnson Asiedu Nketia said his story summed up the nature of being in opposition.
“You are haunted in opposition,” he said and explained the objective is to “make you play ball with them.”
Asiedu Nketia said despite the political victimisation, he had no regrets for doing politics.
“If you ask Jesus how does it make him feel for being crucified, it is because the object of the service is bigger than these challenges,” he said.
Stories of political victimisation are not exclusive to persons within or linked to the NDC. NPP politicians also complained of the canker while in opposition.