Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Folks, the long-drawn-out case involving the judgement debt paid to Alfred Agbesi Woyome is over; and Woyome is the loser. He should have known all along that what he received was fraudulently given him because of the loopholes in our system that unscrupulous public officials teamed up with him to exploit. The news is simple:
The Supreme Court has ordered business man Alfred Woyome to refund a total of Ȼ51.2 million judgement debt payment he received between 2009 and 2010. Judges at the highest court ruled the National Democratic Congress financier had no valid contract to be paid that amount of money. Continue reading
Monday, July 28, 2014
I have a good reason to segue to what happened after Nana Konadu had left the scene for Mrs. Kufuor and Naadu Mills. Let’s first deal with Mrs. Kufuor, who sought to carve a niche for herself by also exploiting her status as the First Lady. She established a Foundation for Women and Children and made several donations at hospitals, orphanages, etc. She is the unassuming type and satisfied with her personal accomplishment as a nurse. She is not the overbearing type and deserves the right to enjoy peace in her out-of-office life.
Naadu Mills, an educationist, has a sad history to tell the world about her experiences as the First Lady. The events characterizing her relationship with Nana Konadu when she was the Second Lady (her deceased husband Atta Mills being the Vice President at the time) are still fresh in our minds. No elaboration. But in office as the First Lady, she also stepped up the game to use her status for something. Everything has now ended in smoke. Continue reading
Monday, July 28, 2014
Folks, the wives of male Presidents in Africa are parading themselves about as First Ladies and profiting from it. Of all, Mrs. Graca Machel is the only one to have emerged as the First Lady for two different countries at different times, beginning as the wife of Samora Machel of Mozambique and shifting to South Africa’s Madiba Nelson Mandela. She has outlived her husbands. The status of First Lady has come to stay, some may say.
It is no news that these First Ladies have constituted themselves into an Association of First Ladies and are accorded whatever respect and privilege that their status fetches for them. It is nothing new to be told that so-so-and-so is the First Lady of so-so-and-so country, meaning that she must of necessity be accorded all that her husband (the Head of State) enjoys in terms of protocol services and submissiveness wrought by status as the fount of authority wherever she shows up. Continue reading
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Folks, sometime ago, I posted an opinion piece to complain about the “whom-you-know” or “who-knows-you” syndrome in Ghana, which is nothing but a negative attitude to national reconstruction. I complained that our Establishment has too many loopholes that let unscrupulous public office holders off the hook and portray them as “angels” instead of the despicable criminals that they are to be punished!!
The Supreme Court’s verdict against Alfred Agbesi Woyome in the deplorable judgement debt saga ties it all up for us to flush out all those working against the interest of the state. If the economic resources of the state are not protected and used to grow our democracy, there is no way that democracy can be sustained. Thieves, liars, and murderers parading themselves as nation builders should be flushed out as the laws of the land are used to streamline governance. And governance means more than the perpetual acrimony that we see about the NDC, NPP, and all the mushroom political parties whose leaders and functionaries continue to bore us with issues that negate our aspirations. Continue reading
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Folks, I find it difficult to understand why some government officials cannot come to terms with the reality in front of them to do decent politics and win the goodwill of the people.
Just last Thursday, we all saw and heard how Ghanaian workers (organized labour) took to the streets, joined by many segments of the population (private businessmen and women, commercial drivers, and just any group of identifiable elements) to complain bitterly about the worsening economic situation in the country because of the government’s inability to solve problems while at the same time raising taxes and implementing policies leading to the high rate of utility services, petroleum products, foodstuffs, and many other vitals. Continue reading
Friday, July 25, 2014
In commenting on pertinent national affairs, Dr. Richard Amoako Baah (a political science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) has of late said a lot but hasn’t turned my crank, apparently because I don’t agree with his viewpoints, especially those undermining the Mahama-led administration. I have quickly dismissed much of his effusions as the outpourings of a frustrated academic seeking to draw attention to himself in view of what he teaches. In other words, I have seen him as stepping out of the political science box into the national arena to do partisan politics—for whatever purpose only he can best know and tell.
But he has come out again to say what resonates with me at many levels, taking out his impetuous claim that because President Mahama hasn’t been able to fulfill the electioneering campaign promises made to Ghanaians, he has lost credibility. I don’t think that President Mahama’s inability to fulfill those promises is because he is unprincipled or politically naïve or mischievous. After all, the resources for funding projects that he promised won’t come from his private coffers. They would come from the national coffers that the hardworking Ghanaian workers feed with their tax money and other contributions. Continue reading
Thursday, July 24, 2014
So, the nationwide demonstrations by organized labour and other interest/pressure groups are either over in some regional capital towns or ongoing in others. Nothing violent has occurred, at least, from reports.
While the demonstrations were going on, President Mahama and his Vice (Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur) joined Ministers of state, hundreds of Ghanaians, wife (Naadu Mills) and family members of the late President John Evans Atta Mills to mark the second anniversary of his passing. Former President Rawlings, Parliamentarians as well as members of the ruling National Democratic Congress were in attendance. Continue reading