If our political parties fail, our democracy will suffer (Part III)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

We now turn attention to the NPP to see how its internal politics affects its future viability. We do so with a clear understanding that the party is a human institution that will definitely have flaws. We expose these flaws not with the intention to do harm but to highlight them as concerns to be addressed.

THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY (NPP)

The NPP activists may be relishing the ongoing crisis in the NDC, their arch nemesis, hoping that it will persist, worsen, and condemn the party to an implosion from which it will never recover to threaten their party’s future political fortunes. That may be a misplaced celebration. For, the NPP has the same problems that the NDC is facing except that it hasn’t simmered for so long as to threaten its internal unity. Continue reading

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If our political parties fail, our democracy will suffer (Part II)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The happenings in the pro-Nkrumahist political parties draw specific attention to the danger that looms over this front. We need to recognize this danger and its implications for this political front which, until the emergence and consolidation of the NDC, was one of the pillars of Ghanaian politics. Together with the UP tradition, they constituted the only two main political streams in Ghana.

The problems that have fragmented this pro-Nkrumahist front are worth our attention because in spite of the electoral woes of this camp, there is still public sympathy for the Nkrumahist cause. That is why highlighting these problems should help us appreciate the enormity of the tasks facing those seeking to resurrect the Nkrumahist agenda for national development. Continue reading

If our political parties fail, our democracy will suffer (Part I)

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our democracy is still alive because it is supported by the various political parties that feed it with the much-needed input. It remains relatively stable despite the obvious shortcomings of the various governments that have led us since the inception of this 4th Republic. And mostly because of the elastic patience and free-wheeling tolerance of Ghanaians!!

We have managed to sustain our democracy nevertheless because the political parties have helped us choose our leaders by providing options for the electorate to choose from. No democracy can survive without such a provision.

Happenings at the various political party fronts, however, indicate that all is not well within them. In sum, none of the parties is free of destabilizing internal friction, which should alarm us. If our parties fail, our democracy cannot endure. Continue reading

Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey makes a lot of sense

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The NPP’s Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has done something that I consider as appropriate and worth commenting on. He has written a letter to President Mills, drawing his attention to a very serious problem that has the potential to cause havoc in the society if not curbed.

He has deplored the arming of operatives of the government and appealed to President Mills to act expeditiously in controlling these operatives so that they don’t misuse power and the instruments of violence in this electioneering period. That’s a laudable move to make, and I commend him on that score.

The problem he has raised is everybody’s to ponder. I wonder why gun-toting should be the norm in a democracy that demands conciliation and not the tendency for people to be at each other’s throat. Continue reading

Yes, this Constitutional White Elephant (Council of State) must go!!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The call by Professor George Ayitey (a U.S.-based Ghanaian economist) that the Council of State be abolished is laudable and I support it wholeheartedly.

Prof. Ayitey made the call in an interview with Joy News’ Anny Osabutey (Myjoyonline, March 27, 2012). Nothing can be more imperative at this time than this call to get rid of the constitutional white elephant that the Council of State is. Continue reading

Political violence and democracy don’t work together…

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The stakes in Election 2012 are already too high and can’t be glossed over in any discussion of the political situation in the country.

As the Mills government struggles to persuade Ghanaians that it is performing well and should be given the mandate for a second term, happenings in the NDC confirm that the internal crisis isn’t being solved to strengthen the party for the polls. The time-bomb that is ticking off for the NDC is threatening to derail President Mills’ ambitions. Continue reading

The ostrich called Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah… A General Mosquito!!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu-Nketiah, is playing the ostrich and will definitely smile at the wrong side of his mouth in the fullness of time. He claims that “the NDC is strong and solid. He explains that former president Rawlings is a faithful believer of the NDC and had been attending the National Executive Councils (NEC) meetings faithfully.

“These talks about OUR founder having left the NDC baffles me, and I do not know where it’s coming from. Founder Rawlings participates in all NEC meetings to which he has invitation,’’ he said (according to Radio Gold’s Samuel Ablordeppey, as reported by Ghanaweb.com, March 26, 2012).

In my many years on this planet, I haven’t heard any more dangerous lie than this one. In reverse, he is calling a cow a sheep (Baba Jamal’s expensive joke being tilted on its head). The NDC’s internal crisis is borne out by the deep cracks in the party. These cracks are big like cows to be seen as such and tackled. They are not to be reduced to the size of a sheep and neglected!!

Asiedu-Nketiah seems to be stuck in a time warp and can’t see what is going on around him and in the NDC. It is insulting for him to make such a terrible claim that there are no cracks in the NDC. What has his head been lying on? A pillow or a block of cement (the size of what his company supplies the Bui Dam Project); or what else? Continue reading