Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paa Kwesi Nduom goes independent…… and whoop!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
As is to be expected, Paa Kwesi Nduom has broken ranks with the CPP, announcing himself as an Independent Candidate to contest next year’s Presidential elections. He intends forming a “Political Movement” to reinforce his quest. The immediate impact on the CPP is anybody’s guess, but he will bear his own kind of brunt too.
I am not surprised at the turn of events but don’t expect Nduom to cause any upset. He is a wash-out already.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Eating a humble pie is not the answer, President Mills!

Saturday, December 24, 2011
President Mills says he is ready to eat a humble pie. Trust the Ghanaian politician to seek refuge in stale metaphors as a face-saving manouevre to escape blame. Certainly, his plate of pies is full to the brim, the failed STX housing project being the latest. I hope he has sharpened his teeth and braced his jaws well enough to bite deep into it. I wish him a good appetite, then.  
The STX housing project to provide 30,000 houses for security agencies at $1.5 billion is doomed. And it doesn’t come as a surprise because the conditions for this doom had been laid at the very moment that the project was conceived. The government rushed through with it and disregarded well-intentioned suggestions to hasten slowly. Now, the reality it has refused to see is here, and feathers are being ruffled.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Should the NPP fear the Volta Region anymore? (Part II)

Thursday, December 22, 2011
It is a truism that in partisan politics, every political party has its strongholds in the country as a result of the perennial show of support for it by the electorate in specific constituencies. 
The voting pattern in the country since multi-party democracy was introduced confirms that certain parties can rely on voters in certain parts of the country to garner support to the disadvantage of their rivals. And the leadership of such parties openly boast of such strongholds.

Should the NPP fear the Volta Region anymore? (Part I)

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Events characterizing elections in Ghana reveal that the Volta Region has been a no-go area for the political parties rooted on the Danquah-Busia political tradition since 1948 when elections became the means for choosing our national leaders.
From the 1st Republic through the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, the electorate in the Volta Region have consistently denied any political party based on the United Party’s ideals the votes it direly needs to enjoy overwhelming support throughout the country.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pirates now call themselves “businessmen”

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The ongoing controversy over the huge sum of money paid by the state (through the Mills-led government) to businessman and NDC financier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, is a clear demonstration of the criminal laxity that persists in our country to facilitate such sophisticated methods for fleecing the national coffers.
It is gradually emerging that Woyome was not the person awarded the contract to warrant his legal action to claim damages when the Kufuor government abrogated the contract. So, what was the basis for the court’s judgement and the government’s doling out of that huge sum of money to him?  Obviously, that payment is fraudulent and must be condemned by all Ghanaians wishing well for the country.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hail the Asantehene, now “King of Kings” of Africa! (Part II)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The factors that blew Gaddafi into extinction confirm the waywardness that he instigated through such ploys as the formation of this Forum to pursue the agenda that he set for it and his pompous display of a sham democratic spirit while suppressing his own people in Libya. He left this Forum in a doghouse and it must remain as such. It is not for the Asantehene to allow himself or the huge positive image of the Golden Stool to be misused for its revival.  
If Otumfuo insists on serving on this Forum and allows himself to be deceived into becoming its “life time chairman,” he will live to regret. There is no success to achieve by leading this pack of chiefs and sultans who are more interested in pursuing interests that don’t benefit their own people but themselves.

Hail the Asantehene, now “King of Kings” of Africa! (Part I)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The atmosphere in and around the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi must be buzzing with much chit-chat and light-heartedness at the news that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, is now to walk in the shadow of the slain Libyan leader, Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi as the “King of Kings” of Africa. He has been nominated to replace Gaddafi as the next chairman of the Kings and Sultans of Africa Forum.
The announcement on Otumfuo’s elevation was contained in a letter presented to him on Sunday as he celebrated the last Akwasidae of the year at the forecourt of the Manhyia Palace.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nana Akufo-Addo and his “All piss be piss”

Thursday, December 8, 2011
News reports that the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo desecrated a mosque in Damongo by urinating on its walls during his recent visit to the area came as no surprise to some of us. The persistent recourse to insults and plain calumny as political tools suggests that such news reports won’t be anything extra-ordinary.
Nor will we expect that the spate of pejorative utterances against Akufo-Addo will abate. It won’t for as long as the grounds exist for it. Even though the tempo concerning his alleged drug abuse may have lessened, the clouds generated by such allegations haven’t yet dispersed. They are still hanging over his head and he must brace himself up for more.

Is Sekou Nkrumah a straw man in Ghana politics?

Thursday, December 8, 2011
By flitting from one political camp to the other at the least prompting, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah isn’t doing anything good to shore up his political fortunes. He seems to be in deep trouble as he flirts with all the political families, which raises a fundamental question: What is his motivation for participating in Ghana politics?
I am tempted to ask this question after carefully analyzing his checkered political career so far to conclude that he has gradually reduced himself to a laughing stock and endangered his political career all too soon. Within the past five years alone, he has been to bed with the CPP and the NDC, and is now arm-in-arm with the NPP.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Those running a fool’s errand in Ghana politics… (Part II)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Ghana has had several of such politicians, starting from when partisan politics was first allowed in the late 1940s to date. Most of those who stood against Nkrumah’s CPP were no match and were easily disposed of as Nkrumah constituted himself into Ghana’s Life President until he was booted out of office in 1966.
The August 1969 general elections gave rise to all manner of politicians, some of whom were Willie Lutterodt (whose People’s Popular Party, PPP, was banned because the party’s acronym sounded like the CPP that the NLC government had banned); Imoru Ayana and his People’s Action Party; Gbedemah’s National Alliance of Liberals (NAL); and Busia’s Progress Party (PP), among others.

Those running a fool’s errand in Ghana politics… (Part I)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The CPP’s Paa Kwesi Nduom now says that he doesn’t want the press or anybody to refer to him as a “presidential aspirant.” I don’t know what he has seen to warrant this prohibition, but I can say for sure that whether he is described as such or not won’t change matters for the better for him. He seems to have reached a dead-end in his political career and the earlier he resigns himself to fate the better it will be for his image—at least, whatever of it is left for him to keep up.