Former President Mahama has explained why he claimed to be suffering from dead goat syndrome.
He used the idiomatic expression due to his frustration with the deregulation of petroleum prices, he claims.
He stated that he did so because he knew that if fuel prices rose, the leadership of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and other unions would not leave him alone.
Mr. Mahama stated that he could not bear the widespread labor unrest at the time.
“I am the only government in the Fourth Republic where all organized labor joined forces and went on strike, shutting down the country.”
“I was one of the Presidents who was most harassed by organized labor.” That’s what caused the dead goat syndrome… Because once you’ve killed a goat, you can’t really scare it with a knife again! … I’m not sure why I said that, but our opponents obviously took it out of context. “They said I said I wouldn’t listen to anyone,” he explained during a Friday lecture at Academic City University College.
It should be remembered that the ex-president stated in 2015 that he has become immune to threats of strikes and demonstrations in Ghana and will not succumb to any such threats in the upcoming election year.
Adopting a “dead-goat syndrome,” the President stated that such worker strategies would not fool him.
“In my first two years, I witnessed more protests and strikes.” I don’t believe it can get any worse. It is said that if you kill a goat and scare it with a knife, the goat does not fear the knife because it is already dead.
“I have dead goat syndrome,” he told a Ghanaian audience during a three-day official state visit to Botswana.
During Mr. Mahama’s presidency, the country saw a number of strikes and demonstrations by workers, the majority of whom were protesting poor working conditions.
The Trades Union Congress was one of many labor unions protesting the worsening economic crisis on the streets.
The President stated that such demonstrations are part of workers’ groups’ strategies to tie the hands of the government, particularly during election years.
He observed that when governments succumb to such threats, the economy and budget are thrown off track.