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‘The Language Politicians Use Is Damaging Politics’

A well-known British journalist and writer asked the question: “What has gone wrong with the language of politics”? This is what Ghanaian politicians and leaders ought to be asking themselves every day whether in election time or post-election times. And here, I am not referring to spin doctors. We do not have them in Ghana. It is becoming a common ...

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Building the Africa we want

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Africa today is a mishmash of successes, failures, and disappointments. Kenya, at this point is a cause for concern. Africa’s ruling elites have failed or refused to learn the lessons that history provides so often. This is not helped by the massaging of egos they receive from the international community led by the United nations. It is sad that political ...

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Will the Ghanaian elite ever learn?

These days, it is not uncommon to hear Ghanaians announce proudly that Ghana is a “Middle-Income Country” (MIC). I must admit that I do not know what it means to live in a so-called MIC. However, I recently read an article by a journalist with Public Agenda where she bemoaned the fact that since Ghana gained a Middle-Income Country (MIC) ...

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US jails ex-Guinea minister Mahmoud Thiam over China bribes

Mahmoud Thiam

Mahmoud Thiam, a former Guinean cabinet minister was sentenced to seven years in a US prison Friday and ordered to pay back $8.5 million for laundering bribes from a Chinese conglomerate in exchange for mining rights. Thiam, 50, was convicted on May 3 of money laundering but was sentenced today, Friday by Judge Denise Cote, more than three months after ...

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The ideological Schools debate

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Since the National Democratic Congress (NDC) launched its political school, it has generated some interesting debate about the role of ‘Political Schools’ in Ghana’s emerging democratic governance efforts. This is not the first political party type school in Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah had his ideological institute in Winneba before the February 24, 1966 coup d’état. In the 1970s, it was commonplace ...

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Woes of the Public sector

Ignatius Baffour Awuah-Minister for Employment and Labour Relations

Sometime in July this year, news filtered out on social media that the Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, had appointed his sister, Alice Ofori-Atta, as the new Managing Director of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC). According to the information, just at the same time of Alice Ofori-Atta’s appointment, someone, definitely not the President of Ghana, had constituted a new ...

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David Kamkam Boadu’s mission to save the NPP

As the race for the next Chairman of the New Patriotic Party  (NPP) hots up, several names have emerged from the wood works. Some are well known both inside and outside the party. Others are still trying to make their mark, even if they have been in the party for a long time. The role of a party chairman is ...

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Politicians run away from anti-corruption bill

Politicians run away from anti-corruption

It is arguably one of, if not the oldest bill that has ever entered the Parliament of Ghana. And as important as it is to the fight against corruption in the country, politicians have deliberately decided to leave the Right to Information (RTI) Bill in the cold even as they keep assuring Ghanaians that they are committed to fighting corruption. ...

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Corruption has a long history in Ghana – time to end it!

One morning after the June 4 uprising as, I had spent the night in Tamale in a friend’s house. I heard a loud cheer and then eerie silence. My friends and I went out to check what the loud noise was about.   We learned that the first batch of senior military officers had been executed by firing squad. A ...

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How the NDC lost 2016 elections

The long awaited Kwesi Botchway committee report on the NDC’s performance at the 2016 elections is out. It has lots of recriminations and few inspiring policy recommendations on the way forward for the Umbrella party. I was amused to hear a member of the Dr. Kwesi Botchwey Committee, Dr. Ibrahim Zubairu, point accusing fingers at Dr. Omane Boamah, former Minister ...

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