The Pharisees of Ghana politics are at it again

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Monday, January 30, 2012

I am in the mood to poke an expensive fun at those in the NPP who are hopping about condemning President Mills and wringing their hands in desperation that Election 2012 is taking too long to dawn for them to kick him out of office and inject their Akufo-Addo therein.

They already have a tall list of what they see as President Mills’ failures, which they are brandishing about all over the place to cause disaffection for him.

I call them the Pharisees of Ghana politics, and by their fruit will we know them. I have no doubt in my mind that the Pharisees are not restricted to the religious world of the Christian Bible alone. They are everywhere, including Ghana, where they are noticeable in national politics too. Continue reading

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Certainly, Nkrumah won’t reject the Chinese in Africa

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Monday, January 30, 2012

In responding to news reports that the Chinese government has constructed and handed over a 200 million-dollar building to house the African Union in Addis Ababa, an Akwasi A. Afrifa Akoto has said that Ghana’s former President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah would have rejected the “gift” to Africa. He sought to imply that the gift was a “bribe.” His opinions on the circumstances surrounding the gift may carry some moral weight but his conclusion is unguarded.

I disagree completely with him. Nkrumah would certainly welcome the Chinese and work with them to the extent that such a collaborative effort could help counteract the negative impact of the West on Africa. Continue reading

The UN Secretary-General Must Tread Cautiously in Africa (Part II)

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Monday, January 30, 2012

We insist that the UN has more questions to answer than its Secretary-General will admit. When he poked African leaders to be soft on gay/lesbian/queer issues, Ban Ki-Moon was looking for dung where no cow grazed. He has no moral justification to pontificate.

His own UN is guilty of wrongdoing and failing to function impartially. Here is the second aspect of its shortcomings. Continue reading

The UN Secretary-General Must Tread Cautiously in Africa (Part I)

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Monday, January 30, 2012

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, is reported to have urged African leaders to respect gay rights, saying that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity “prompted governments to treat people as second class citizens or even criminals” (BBC News, January 29, 2012). He made the appeal in his opening address at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

Homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries, including key Western allies such as Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, and Botswana. Both the United States and the United Kingdom recently warned they would use foreign aid to push for homosexuality to be decriminalized on the socially conservative continent, as the BBC put it.

By taking up this issue at this summit, Ban Ki-Moon has waded into a controversy that will definitely pit him and the organization he heads against African countries that detest homosexuality. It means he is on a collision course and shouldn’t be surprised at the outcome. Continue reading

President Mills is not Ghana’s problem

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Friday, January 27, 2012

There seems to be a calculated attempt by some people to cause mischief, which will not help us solve our national problems. We must be bold enough to take on such people.

The ratcheting up of open condemnation and outright verbal attacks on President Mills by his political opponents has reached alarming proportions. All these opponents seem to think that he is a stumbling block to Ghana’s development and must be kicked out of office at the 2012 elections. I disagree with them. Continue reading

If President Mills must resign because of corruption…

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Over the past few days, opponents of the NDC grouped under the banner of the NPP seem to have rediscovered themselves and are doing what they know best—intensifying their condemnation of President Mills for mere political capital.

They seem to believe that the more noise they make against him, the better chances are that they will be marketing their party and improving the chances of its Presidential Candidate (Akufo-Addo) for Election 2012. I pity them. Continue reading

Are Nkrumah’s children in politics failing him? (Part II)

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Then, Sekou shifted political grounds again, rushing to align with the NPP and vowing to do all he can to ensure an electoral victory for Akufo-Addo. The NPP is his new-found home now. In this flitting from one political family to the other, he has thrown caution to the wind.

What makes him pitiable is that all these political families that he has flirted with or is now in an unholy alliance with are all diametrically opposed to each other in many ways—ideologically, especially.

How can one person fit into these strictly different ideological modes to function effectively? Why will a sane person willingly turn himself into a pawn to be manipulated in a political game of the sort being played in Ghana? Is Sekou really normal or does he enjoy the pain of manipulation? Continue reading