Thursday, May 28, 2015

Prof. H. Kwesi Prempeh exposes the NPP as incapable of governing Ghana

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Folks, the rampaging going on in the NPP won’t end anytime soon because it has a deep-seated genesis, fuelled by many factors at the emergence of the NPP from the ashes of the Danquah-Busia Club, and nurtured by the political philosophy woven around the Asante/Akyem/Brong-Ahafo origins of its Godfathers (J.B. Danquah and K.A. Busia).
That political philosophy revolved around the two personalities until adroit means were found by their latter-day adherents to add a “Dombo” afterthought to it in a vain attempt to entice our compatriots of Northern Ghana extraction who might bite the bait to create the impression that they are an integral part of the “Kabonga” NPP. Of course, S.D. Dombo did his best to advance the cause of the United Party but hasn’t been given as much prominence as the Akyem Danquah and Brong-Ahafo Busia.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Can’t Akufo-Addo win political power without sacrificing Afoko and Agyepong?

Monday, May 25, 2015
Folks, I have been pondering the trouble shaking the NPP out of joint and wondering why there is so much venom against Paul Afoko (National Chairman) and Kwabena Agyepong (General Secretary) and why backhanded moves are being made to remove them from office—as if kicking them out will be the solution to the problems hindering Akufo-Addo from becoming Ghana’s President at general elections.
My conclusion is straight-forward. To win political power, the NPP doesn’t have to eat its own babies. It is not a party born out of a revolution to do so. Only revolutions end up eating their own babies. For the NPP, eating up its own children is a sure way to grab political power in our time.
The truth is that putting Akufo-Addo in power needs more than side-swiping Afoko and Agyepong. They are not the stumbling blocks. They are just people caught in unfortunate circumstances wrought for them by their own overzealousness in pursuing a political cause that they barely know how to relate to.

Rawlings descends into the gutter again and fades

Monday, May 25, 2015
Folks, the inability of former President Rawlings to put his past behind him and move on into the future to be respected as a statesman of high repute is assuming ugly dimensions. He is known for daring the devil and thriving thereby; but as is known too, if you keep saliva for far too long in your mouth, it turns into water. And that water isn't pleasant; it is dirt to be spat out in disgust.
Rawlings is known for making outrageous utterances and going away with them, unscathed, even if his opponents tongue-lash him in an attempt to paint him as uncouth and a nuisance. He has survived worse circumstances than such a verbal abuse. Indeed, he has been protected by the "system" to live his life the way he does. And his wife and children also benefit from that protection.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The rumpus in the NPP: A wake-up call to the NDC and President Mahama

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Folks, no reason exists for anybody to under-estimate the ramifications of the rumpus tearing the NPP apart, especially in the wake of the gruesome and barbaric chemical warfare that has killed Alhaji Adam Mahama, the party's Upper East Regional Chairman.
In truth, the NPP is reeling terribly and will continue to do so for as long as inflammatory utterances continue to be made by those in it vested with some kind of authority and power to open their mouths anyhow. And there are many of such people, led by the imbecile called Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, a daft charlatan and upstart previously supported by the Kufuor system to be what he is but turning round to bite the finger that fed him before the fall of the NPP government.

Friday, May 22, 2015

So, ex-President Kufuor is now a murderer?

Friday, May 22, 2015
Folks, the problems of the NPP are just beginning to simmer and will boil over for us to know everything that we need to know about its main followers, leaders, and financiers. With that knowledge, we can confidently work for the voters to bury them in the grave that they have dug for themselves.
I have already opined that the acid-bathing of Alhaji Mahama might be a well-calculated move to paint Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyepong black for them to be forcibly divested of their status and kicked out. Those responsible for the dastardly act could be the hirelings of those setting the stage for the coup against Afoko and Agyepong, two party kingpins known to be disinclined toward Akufo-Addo (for whatever reasons best known to them and the NPP cabal itself).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The NPP is doing better outside Ghana than within Ghana

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Folks, I will stick my neck out again to comment on happenings in the NPP, damn the personal attacks that its buffs will unleash on me as usual. After all, what haven't I seen or felt before from them anytime I take them on? Phew!!!
We have had enough from the NPP camp to conclude that it is better at projecting its angelic face outside Ghana than it does at home. Charity seems not to be beginning at home for it, given the on-going head-butting and nasty incidents here and there to threaten its ranks and once again portray its flagbearer, Akufo-Addo, as not a unifier.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

And here comes the most ludicrous court case

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Folks, there is no ambiguity about the provisions of the 19923 Constitution that mandate the President of the Republic of Ghana to appoint the Chair of the Electoral Commission or others to serve there. Neither is there any cause for alarm regarding the constitutional mandate of the President to appoint the public officers needed to run the affairs of state.
So far, the Presidents that have ruled Ghana in this 4th Republic have performed such constitutionally mandated responsibilities without any hubbub. Why should there be any grumbling and complaining, especially in the case of the EC Chair?

Monday, May 18, 2015

The "dumsormuststop" street demonstration should open the government’s eyes

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Folks, those of us who have been bold enough to challenge the government's handling of the energy crisis in the country are relieved that despite all the childishness that characterized the rhetoric preceding the May 16 street demonstration by those angry at the prolonged "Dumsor" albatross and their opponents, the event passed off without any untoward happening.
It is only one in the series of practical actions and negative outbursts by Ghanaians feeling the pinch of the energy crisis and compelled beyond all reasonable doubts to make their voices heard. No matter what happened before, during, or after the May 16 show of anger---or how the bitter criticisms against the "Dumsor" crisis have been received or rebuffed by the government---the street demonstration has sent a clear message that the government has no other option but to respect: that Ghanaians are fed up with its inability to solve the electricity problem and will do whatever they can to register that sentiment.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Why is the United States pampering Iran to its own disadvantage?

Monday, May 11, 2015
Folks, in international politics, the United States is known for taking (in some instances, unilateral) action against countries and systems that it considers to be a threat either to its peculiar interests or to those of its allies. And the US has no friend but permanent interests to defend!
In contemporary times, it doesn't even have to wait for the United Nations mandate in some instances. And its actions are known to be devastating, leaving in their wake wailing, weeping, and gnashing of teeth by the victims. Its military-industrial complex is designed for such purposes, come-what-may. And its military precision ensures massive destruction to bring "recalcitrant" countries/systems to their knees.
How many military actions hasn't the US taken against such countries and systems in living memory? Count them and you should know that when it comes to military might to defend its interests (or the interests of its allies), the US doesn't brook "nonsense" or overlook any threat to such interests. It acts resolutely to prove that its might is right!!

Increasing Electricity Tariffs under “Dumsor” is Insane

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Folks, have you read the news report attributed to Dr. Kwabena Donkor that electricity tariffs will be raised despite the persistence of “Dumsor”? I have, and I am outraged by that intention. Before it become a damaging reality, I want to caution the government against doing anything of the sort.
It shouldn’t push the people to the wall; they can be dangerously resilient in times like these when there is much already happening to set them on edge. (Read the news report here: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=357393   )
Indeed, this “Dumsor” crisis will go down in history as the worst-ever challenge to have rocked the government. How it is going about solving it is irritating. Promises upon promises and declaration of grand designs on paper haven’t helped in any way. Neither have they allayed public concerns, apprehensions, and resentment against the deprivations resulting from the “Dumsor” evil. So, against this negative background, should a social-democratic government go ahead to increase electricity tariffs? No!!!!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry is right

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Folks, when I read the news report attributing utterances to President Mahama on the occasion of May Day, I cringed. I wondered what made him go the way he did. The aspects of the utterances that “touched” me were:
i.              the crippling power crisis which has seen electricity consumers enjoy power for 12 hours and endure power cuts for the next 24 hours, is a temporary challenge.
ii.             smart businesses recognize this fact and are therefore “not laying off workers,” but "are rather investing more resources to expand their production in Ghana."
I considered such utterances are overly brusque and needless, especially given the temper of the workers and the inscriptions on placards that they paraded. I wondered why the President would choose to be so audacious at the time, given the fact that the energy crisis has so far harmed national life and that he needed to say something to placate nerves and not burn them all the more. Yet, he said what he said.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

What a useless Parliament Ghana has?

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Folks, we have on several occasions accused our Parliament as the weakest link in the chain of our kind of democracy that exists only as a mere constitutional formality but isn’t worth its name or the sacrifices that the Ghanaian tax payer continues to make for its existence.
In every sense, this kind of Parliament cannot be relied on to inject dynamism into governance or to make the Executive function effectively to solve national problems. It cannot validate itself through effective performance, which is why anytime I hear a Parliamentarian accuse President Mahama and his team of incompetence or mismanagement of national affairs, I feel like biting my tongue and spewing it away.