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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

GISD

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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Foot soldiers menace: ‘It is our turn to eat

For many months after the elections of 2008 that saw the NPP losing to the NDC, youth activists of the NDC were in the news for seizing the vehicles of many appointees of the former government. The seizure started on January 8 at the Castle and then went to the streets on January 12, according to reports in the press ...

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Re-visit the People’s Assembly Concept

In a democratic government, the people’s views influence the laws and policies made by the government. Democracy is therefore seen as a system of government in which people decide matters as a group. Athens, the capital of Greece was the first city to allow ordinary citizens access to government offices and courts.  In ancient Greece, the people of the city-state ...

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