Can these NPP people be honest for once?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Many people have been wondering why I can’t leave the NPP out of my opinion pieces; and I have a simple answer for them, which is that I won’t because the NPP always gives me cause to say something about them.

Others wonder why I hate the NPP so much as to condemn it every day. And my answer for them is that it is not that I have chosen to hate the NPP; it is because the NPP and its leaders and followers always do and say what makes people like me distrust and hate them for what they are, what they say, and what they do to confirm our doubts, fears, and suspicions about them. They tell too many lies.

Now, here is why I am writing this post for discussion. I consider the duplicity with which the NPP is operating as motivated by political mischief, concentrated dishonesty, childishness, and churlishness—and above all, the desire to make the country ungovernable—which will all fail. Continue reading

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The “True State of the Nation Address” and the NPP’s Quixotic politics

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My good friends, I have been putting two-and-two together to attempt comprehending all that has been going on in the country in this post-Election 2012 season, especially within the context of the NPP’s protestations and on-going challenge to the outcome of Election 2012.

The Constitution mandates only the President of Ghana to present a “State of the Nation Address” to Parliament once a year to serve as his government’s blueprint for handling national affairs. Parliament itself is enjoined to debate that Address as a way of offering input for policy formulation or for controlling the ship of state.

The Constitution doesn’t mandate any other person, institution, or political party to present anything in the name of State of the Nation Address” (whether qualified or not). But the NPP today came out with what it labelled the “True State of the Nation Address,” which its Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu presented in Parliament. Continue reading

The NPP meets its own ghost at the Supreme Court

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Folks, you might have heard it already to know why the NPP is in court. The pond is gradually drying up and the fish must know how to behave; otherwise, it will soon be out of water. And you know what a fish-out-of-water is, right?

The NPP says it is afraid of collapsing as a result of losing Election 2012; hence Akufo-Addo’s dashing into the dark chambers of the Supreme Court for redemption to have grips on himself and help the NPP remain intact. The ghosts are gradually emerging one after the other to scare their owners!!

Can the party be faced with any of these disastrous consequences or all of them combined: BURSTING! IMPLOSION! EXPLOSION! DISINTEGRATION! or what? You, be the judge, my good friends. Continue reading

Why does Kufuor want to remain relevant?

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says he is committed to ensuring that he remains relevant to Ghana and Africa’s human development. He adds that he wants “to remain relevant to the development of the society, bring added quality to humanity.”

I agree with him and urge him to press on. One may, however, be quick to point to lapses in his own leadership style for the 8 years that he ruled Ghana; but having stepped out of the saddle to see things from a more disinterested perspective, he can dispassionately approach issues and offer ideas to society, which is why his decision to establish this Foundation is commendable. Continue reading

The President and Parliament fighting over the Council of State?

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Have you heard the news? Parliament and the Executive are on a collision course in matters concerning the Council of State, which is intriguing for several reasons.

The MPs are unhappy that the President went behind them to act in a manner that did not only violate the Constitution but that also undermined their integrity. Or rather, the President slighted them and acted ultra vires (beyond his powers). This is not the first time that the MPs have complained of being sidestepped by the Executive, but the particular issue against which they are protesting itself is pertinent to our current political dispensation. Continue reading

Kwame Pianim’s idiot tears the party’s flag

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Friday, February 22, 2013

When Kwame Pianim said before the 2008 elections that any idiot can bear/carry the flag of a political party, many didn’t understand him. Is he not right, after all?

Of course, he was reacting to the rejection of his preferred Presidential Candidate, Dr. Frimpong-Boateng, by the NPP’s delegates who went for Akufo-Addo instead. His reaction provoked outrage and was deemed as highly unpalatable by his critics in the party, some of whom even went to the extent of denying him his rightful place in the NPP’s pecking order.

Others called for him to be ostracized. Forget about the insults rained on him. He has since been dormant in the affairs of the party, at least, as far as his public utterances about goings-on in the party are concerned.

But his poignant statement can’t be forgotten, especially when the moments are always ripe for it to be revisited or recalled to explain contemporary political developments. I will quote him as far as the word “idiot” in our political parlance as used by him is concerned. Don’t blame me. Continue reading

The Appeal Court jumps the gun—and Ghana suffers!!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

My good friends, the Woyome judgement debt scandal continues to remain what it is—a blot on the image of our government, the judiciary, and all others connected with the scandal.

It is certainly disturbing that even before the substantive case against Woyome could be tried to its logical conclusion, the Appeal Court, by a unanimous decision, has jumped the gun to order that accounts belonging to Woyome be released to him.

The Court ruled today that except the accounts held at the Agricultural Development Bank (through which the 51 million-Cedi judgement debt was channelled to him), all other accounts belonging to Woyome must be returned. Continue reading