All-inclusiveness is not just about political appointments

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A group calling itself the “Kwame Nkrumah Inspired Citizens Movement” has urged President Mahama to implement the 7-year Development Plan of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. In a statement issued in Accra, the group said the plan will boost Ghana’s progress and sustainable development (Myjoyonline, Jan. 30, 2013).

I agree with the group and add my voice to its appeal. I challenge President Mahama’s administration to act on it immediately to dig up that Development Plan and implement whatever is feasible in it and relevant to our contemporary Ghanaian development agenda. Remember the saying? “Nkrumah Never Dies!”

Undoubtedly, the Great Osagyefo implemented development programmes to actualize his policy of indigenization/Africanization of the Ghanaian socio-cultural, political, and economic regimen, although overspeeding in some areas, making atrocious mistakes in others, and creating enemies for himself thereby.

But his overarching vision for Ghana is still relevant at several levels, which is what this group has drawn attention to. Nkrumah’s infrastructural development programme, especially, holds the key to any effort to alleviate suffering in the country. There must be something special about that 7-year development programme to warrant its being revisited. Continue reading

If Kofi Adams is a “Prodigal Son,” accept him

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Friday, January 25, 2013

With the NPP’s abstention from the two upcoming bye-elections in the Akatsi South and Buem constituencies, the NDC must be laughing all the way to claim an easy electoral victory. Not much money expected to be spent campaigning, certainly.

The candidate for Akatsi South has been selected without incident. But for Buem, the situation has turned ugly—too ugly—for comfort, which raises questions: Is somebody being batty? Or allowing the NDC’s performance at Election 2012 to eat away his reasoning ability?

The NDC leaders have disqualified Kofi Adams, the spokesperson for the Rawlingses, from contesting the primaries. This action is not only sickening but it also reflects the shadiness with which the party’s leaders approach politics. It is a clear instance of the off-colour politics that they do to create problems. Continue reading

Dancing in circles, the NPP is a kite without a tail (Part II)

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Friday, January 24, 2013

We continue the discussion of the factors that have turned the NPP into a tailless kite gyrating on the political terrain as it waits for its fate to be sealed by the Supreme Court.

Boycott of Parliamentary work/Vetting of Ministers-designate

The NPP MPs have decided not to participate in the vetting of Ministers nominated by President Mahama. Their reason? “The current John Mahama administration is temporary and transient and would not last beyond the determination of the case.”

Party Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, said even though the party recognizes that its MPs have a responsibility to represent the interest of their constituents, the “NPP would not participate in any deliberations and decisions on matters which would evaporate upon cessation of John Mahama’s administration.” Continue reading

Dancing in circles, the NPP is a kite without a tail (Part I)

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Friday, January 24, 2013

Right in front of our eyes, the NPP is fast turning itself into a huge kite without a tail. Obviously, if you have made or flown a kite before, you should know how a tailless kite behaves when launched.

Going into a tailspin just before the Chairman of the Electoral Commission (Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan) announced the certified results of the Presidential elections, even in the teeth of opposition by the party’s leaders, the NPP didn’t take long to go into a terrible overdrive only to lose its tail thereafter. It has remained on our radar screen and we continue to monitor its gyrations.

And we don’t expect its commotion-without-motion to end anytime soon because the whirlwind that propels the gyration is still active on the horizon. Several happenings within the NPP’s own fold provide that kinetic force to sustain that whirl. Call it a “Concert Party” show of sorts! Continue reading

What gives Kennedy Agyapong this vacuous bravado?

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We have on several occasions had cause to question the integrity of the NPP’s Kennedy Agyapong (Assin Central MP) because of the dare-devil posture he has assumed to make foul—very foul—public pronouncements. But he is mindless of criticisms and still goes ahead to intensify the tirade.

What is the source of his kind of swagger and foolhardiness? And why does he think that he can take on the entire status quo to defeat? His ribaldry must have its roots in something he trusts.

Agyapong’s “genocide-laden” call on Asantes to rise up and kill all Gas and Ewes caused so much tension in the country, but very little came from him to defuse that tension. His supporters in the NPP (including the defeated Akufo-Addo) closed their ears to all the calls to discipline him. In the end, I can say with all certainty that his pronouncements were responsible for the voting down of Akufo-Addo by the majority of those he had wanted killed.

Although he was duly arrested and dragged to court to answer for his inflammatory pronouncements, the matter hasn’t been disposed of for us to know his fate. Despite that “Sword of Damocles” hanging over him, nothing seems to stop him from indulging in weird behaviour. Continue reading

President Mahama gives voice to Ghana’s physically challenged citizens

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Monday, January 21, 2013

When the NDC decided not to field a physically challenged candidate for one of the constituencies in Accra, it created much furore. Some disparaging comments had it that the NDC didn’t have room for that segment of the population. Some even threatened to punish the party at the 2012 elections for that matter. The rest is history.

But as if stepping forward to prove those cynics wrong, President Mahama has taken the boldest decision ever to appoint a visually impaired personality to head a Ministry.

For the first time in Ghana’s constitutional democratic governance, he has appointed a physically challenged person to head a Ministry. He is in the person of Dr. Henry Seidu Daanaa who is clinically blind and has been the head of research at the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture. The President has elevated him to be the Minister of the re-designated Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs.

What could be more illuminating than this strategic move? It is an appointment worth celebrating. It is not just cosmetic; it is meant to tap into the expertise of a physically challenged Ghanaian who has weathered the storm to be counted! Continue reading

As PV Obeng re-surfaces…

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Good friends, more developments keep cropping up for us to engage in our conversation. President Mahama has moved steadily to establish the pillars of his administration. He has just released the names of 15 new appointees of Ministerial status, and one for the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre.

As he continues to form his government, appointing personalities to Ministries and the Presidency, he gives us to know what he is capable of doing. He has almost completed filling the Ministries. The vetting of his appointees by Parliament will begin soon. Continue reading