CEOs for the Assemblies: The President still doesn’t get it

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Monday, July 29, 2013

My good friends, I have had cause to complain about the manner in which the Presidency is handling the nomination of CEOs for the Metropolitan/Municipal/ District Assemblies because of the tension and street demonstrations and vandalism that it has provoked.

I have drawn attention to the negative impact of such an approach and suggested that the President should reach out to the aggrieved people in the various communities to settle issues amicably. Dialogue and consultation are the best means to resolve the impasse. Even before the dust could settle, the government has come out with a statement and a directive that will definitely not stabilize the situation. Let’s know why. Continue reading

The NPP’s intentions exposed: No genuine desire for electoral reforms!!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

My good friends, as we wait for the addresses to be delivered by the counsel for the petitioners and the respondents, respectively, we should continue to examine issues with the view to preparing our minds for what they will say in summing up their arguments.

We all have a stake in the matter and should not detach ourselves from it. After all, we have been monitoring developments and know how the tide flows. We are capable of scrutinizing issues and should do so, even if we rely on the 9 Supreme Court judges to end it all.

The main argument raised by the petitioners and their supporters is that the petition is good because it will lead to electoral reforms. I refute that porous argument because there is nothing to support it. Nowhere in the various versions of the NPP’s petition is anything said to that effect. Everything is centred on the demand for reliefs based on the annulment of over 4 million votes and Akufo-Addo declared as winner of the 2012 Presidential elections. Whom are these NPP people trying to deceive but themselves? Continue reading

Taxing the private universities is not good

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our Parliament has come to notice again for doing a very bad thing. I have on several occasions pinpointed it as one institution that hasn’t helped us move the country forward and our MPs as being more interested in seeking their own interests than assiduously performing their legitimate duties to justify the huge expenditure made on them.

They may claim to be doing their best, but that best is our worst, which is amply confirmed by their latest move to amend the Internal Revenue Service Act for the removal of private universities from the tax exempt category.

Simply put, our Parliament has imposed taxes on private universities, which will invariably worsen the plight of those institutions, students, and the country at large. We have already heard complaints and protests from several quarters that this tax is uncalled-for. Parliament isn’t paying any attention to such concerns to warrant any shift nor is the government interested in any return to the drawing board. In effect, what Parliament has come out with is the fait accompli.

Hip… hip… hip… Hurray!! More money for development projects!! Election 2016, here we come!!! Continue reading

What about the NPP makes it attractive? (Part II)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

We continue our discussion of reasons why some elements in the society will prefer to align with the NPP and not the NDC, as is evident in the allegations from the NDC quarters against leaders of identifiable civil society organizations for hiding behind their organizations to do politics in favour of the NPP. We have identified some factors to buttress our arguments on those allegations.

4. Other factors

There are many other factors, some of which have to do with the very militant nature of the NDC (of course, tracing its origin to the military savagery that brought it into being under the Rawlings euphoric governance style), which repels some sections of the populace. Victims of the “unprecedented revolutionary action” of June 4 and 31st December are still nursing their grievances and infecting others with their anti-NDC sentiments. Continue reading

What about the NPP makes it attractive? (Part I)

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Once again, we have heard something to the effect that certain personalities are doing politics against the NDC/government, using the auspices of their institutions. They have been accused of hiding behind the smokescreen that they have turned their institutions into and are provoking public panic or anger against the government.

Dr. David Percy (a member of the National Reform Party and a board member of the National Service Scheme) has condemned the National Peace Council (NPC), the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), and the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) as “fronts for the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).”

Speaking on Radio Gold on Monday morning, Dr. Percy said that last Friday’s national summit on Peace, Justice and Reforms, an initiative of the NPC, the Manhyia Palace, the Civic Forum Initiative (CFI) and the IDEG, was to further the agenda of the NPP. He said it would be reckless and dangerous to lull the people into thinking that those institutions were disinterested parties in the on-going election petition case. (See http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=280250). Continue reading

President Mahama, listen to the cries of your own people (Part II)

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The President is enjoined to make such appointments in accordance with Section 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act 1993, Act 462. Nobody doubts the enormous powers vested in him by the Constitution. He can exercise these powers as he deems fit, but it will be politically suicidal for him to think that he can exercise such powers without recourse to the barometer reading concerning the sentiments of his own party’s members. After all, he is in office because those party members put their shoulders to the wheel to mobilize support for him at the elections. These are the very people not to annoy.

Apparently, Sarpong might be so full of himself and be over-bloated with the political power injected into him by his being appointed and shifted around as a Regional Minister. But at the end of the day, he and the appointing authority cannot enjoy their status without the total backing of the very people being undermined. What irks me the most is that these are the very people that they will rush to at election time to do the dirty work for them to remain in office. And in office, they think they are on top of the world. Continue reading

President Mahama, listen to the cries of your own people (Part I)

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Our democracy may still be regarded as young and pardoned for not helping us move our country out of the woods, more than 20 years of its adoption; but our leaders cannot be pardoned for failing to use the opportunities provided by the democracy to improve conditions in the country. That the 4th Republic has survived so far is more adventitious than carefully orchestrated, I daresay.

Certain happenings confirm fears that our leaders do not have the tact and commitment to help us grow our democracy. Thus, we continue to deceive ourselves that the ritualistic holding of general elections every four years to put a President and Parliament in office is a mark of success. Or that the election of two-thirds of District, Municipal, and Metropolitan Assembly Members is an accomplishment to thump our chests over.

These political rituals are a mere window-dressing and don’t sustain democracy. Just as one swallow does not make summer, so do these rituals not constitute any advancement in democracy to celebrate. A democracy is acknowledged as viable when it helps put in place feasible parameters that function to serve the needs of the people and country!! The existence of a mere shell doesn’t confirm the existence of life therein. Unfortunately, that is what our democracy has been all this while. Continue reading