Why must “Biggest opposition leader be part of Gov’t”?

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Tuesday, February 28, 2014

My good friends, I will say it loud and clear here that Ghana does not need any “Shadow President”.

Folks, throughout my many years on this earth, I haven’t ever come across any suggestion regarding governance as idiotic as this one put forward by Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa:

“We propose that the leader of the opposition must have a decent role in the governance of this country and must be accorded a status befitting of shadow President. The position must come with a home as elegant as the Australian House and provided a staff strength of between 20 and 40.”  Continue reading

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Why making all kinds of promises is bad for governance

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

My good friends, we have been quick to condemn our politicians for basing their political stunts on nothing beyond the making of all kinds of promises just to be voted into office.

We have been particularly unhappy that these promises are often made without any due consideration being given to existing economic realities but are bandied about just for political expediency in the hope that the unwitting segments of the electorate will buy into them and grant the politicians their wish.

Indeed, all politicians operating in Ghana in our time are guilty of making such “huhudious” promises. Some have been lucky to be given the nod while others have been spurned but are not yet tired of playing that trump-card. Continue reading

Matters arising: President Mahama’s “State of the Nation Address”

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Folks, President John Mahama has given his second “State of the Nation Address” to Parliament and assured Ghanaians of “better days ahead in spite of the current socio-economic challenges facing the country”.

According to him, pragmatic measures being taken by government will soon yield fruitful results.

Hurrah to the President for being so optimistic even when his opponents are on rooftops undercutting him and dismissing his address a re-hashed version of the one he had presented last year. Or that it is full of promises that are likely not to be fulfilled and will add to the lot for which he is being ridiculed.

The Ghanaian sphinx, one might be tempted to label it. Better late than never!! Continue reading

The real lesson that Komla Dumor’s death teaches

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Folks, our beloved brother, Komla Afeke Dumor, is gone—and gone forever! We have mourned him to the best of abilities and listened to praise-singers eulogize him for all that he stood for. He will be sorely missed.

Whether from Ghanaians of all shades (as usual, the politicians hogging the limelight just to make room for their hot-headed but beguiling rhetoric), the British Broadcasting Corporation that profited from his talents, or the international community that his “dexterity” as a TV broadcaster appealed to, we have heard eulogies that will forever remain as an appropriate reminder of what he stood for and why his death touched us deeply.

We are not yet sure whether a replacement for him will emerge—and from where. After all, many Ghanaians have ever worked with and for the BBC, even if they couldn’t attain the stature that Komla carved for himself and Ghana (which would warrant President Mahama’s elevation of him as “Ghana’s gift to the world”). Continue reading

Who says Akufo-Addo can quit politics?

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Those of us who have been ahead of the curb regarding Akufo-Addo have outsmarted him all this while to predict his political manouevres. We have exposed him for what he is. We have been smart enough to say that he is not going to succeed in Ghanaian politics by choosing to be ahead of himself.

We have confidently told him and his followers that all that he has been saying and doing ever since the Supreme Court confirmed his sorry fate at Election 2012—through a porous petition designed only to save his face by sending him on a mission of self-discovery—will bounce back to hit him hard in the face as the murkiness thickens in the NPP circles!! Continue reading

Has the NPP’s Disciplinary Committee tamed Kennedy Agyapong?

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Folks, there is no dispute about the fact that the NPP has many gasbags in it whose utterances have caused much harm to its interests than can be contained or repaired. A quick rundown:

Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central, is known for his empty bravado and utterances verging on insanity, especially his threat to physically beat ex-President Rawlings and his instigation of Asantes to kill Ewes and Gas. He generated a lot of animosity for the NPP, which no one needs dismiss as one of the factors that crippled Akufo-Addo as Election 2012.

He is known for bragging about his wealth and damning politicians who have ever been supported by him (I remember his taunting of the NDC’s Mrs. Ama Benyiwa-Doe that he would take her on if she didn’t make good the loan that she had taken from him)! Continue reading

Demolishing University of Ghana’s toll booth is proper

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Folks, we woke up this morning to be told that operatives of National Security Secretariat demolished the toll booth constructed at the Okponglo entry point of the University of Ghana from where the University of Ghana’s designated collectors charged motorists fees for plying that route.

The National Security Coordinator Larry Gbevlo Lartey has justified the demolishing of a toll booth; and I wholeheartedly support him and the action taken by the security operatives.

Let me state Col. Gbevlo Lartey’s justification before adding my own voice to the matter. Continue reading