Vote for Leaders with People's Interests at Heart: Ghanaian Catholic Bishop

Bishop Gabriel Edoe Kumordji of Ghana’s Keta-Akatsi Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Bishop Gabriel Edoe Kumordji of Ghana’s Keta Akatsi Diocese has called upon eligible Ghanaians to vote for leaders, who have the people’s interests at heart in the general elections slated for December 7.

In an interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Kumordji highlighted Ghana’s challenging economic situation, corruption, and unemployment as some of the issues that may strongly come up during the campaigns. 

“We want Ghanaians to elect Members of Parliament (MPs) who are dedicated, who love the people, and are ready to serve the people, not to go and sit in Parliament and be fighting for their gains,” he told ACI Africa January 26 on the sidelines of the four-day joint seminar that brought together representatives from the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE).

“We should also look at the President; we need a President who listens,” the Ghanaian Catholic Bishop said, and added, “There have been cries to the current President to reshuffle the Cabinet even from his own party; he never did it; he won’t listen.” 

The Local Ordinary of Keta Akatsi since his consecration in May 2017 underscored the need for the electorate in the West African nation to vote for leaders “who have the constituency, the people at heart.”


He said referring to political candidates, “Sometimes they campaign as if they will help the people but immediately when they are elected they look at themselves.”

Eligible voters in Ghana will go to the ballot to elect a President and MPs in the December polls. 

In the January 26 interview, the member of the Society of Divine Word (SVD) said, “Ghana has a serious issue with the economy. They will blame COVID, and the Ukraine war, but the government has not handled it properly.”

Ghana’s government, he further lamented, “went into a lot of loans which we thought were not properly used because we didn’t see much of it; it’s connected with corruption.”

“Many young people are unemployed. These are some of the issues that will come up strongly,” he said in anticipation of political campaigns in the West African nation.

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Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.