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The pursuit of JJ Rawlings on the path of Freedom and Justice

Jerry John Rawlings

The emergence of President Rawlings in the political scene in Ghana brought in a new dynamo for sustaining the freedom fight towards a free and liberated people on the continent of Africa. He strongly propagated philosophies and policies that would deepen the Pan African ideology and moral standard for integrity, justice and equality amongst the African peoples, and Africans in ...

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A national resolution: That we may respect our insanity

This article has not given itself to me easily, it has been hard to find ‘time’ to write it although I completely agreed on how important it was to write it. So let us cut straight to the chase, Tetteh Quashie overhead. As though the name Tetteh Quashie is not synonymous to some glory in Ghana, there is chaos breeding ...

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Farmers: Our sustainers, our wealth

Not even the designation of a day out of deference and in recognition for the hard work of our farmers is enough gratitude. Their backbreaking labour is responsible for food on our dining tables, protein and carbohydrates, including the oxygen for all-important export trade. The recognition did not start with the isolation of a day on our national calendar. The ...

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Treason in Ghana may not be a crime after all

The above statement emanates from the cardinal principle of law that an act does not constitute a crime if the statute books have not written that THAT PARTICULAR ACT is a crime AND the corresponding punishment clearly stated. This is why the highest law of the land, the 1992 Constitution, has stated in Article 19(11) that: “No person shall be ...

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Abantu Strengthens Advocacy for Passage of Affirmative Action Bill into Law in Ghana

The need for increased equitable female political participation in Ghana is a genuine concern to all key stakeholders dedicated to women’s rights promotion. ABANTU for Development with support from African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) have therefore embarked on a nationwide campaign to strengthen advocacy for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into Law in Ghana. Ghana, like many democracies, ...

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NPP statement on President’s withdrawal of Referendum

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE NPP ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES 243(1) AND 55(3) OF THE 1992 CONSTITUTION The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is saddened that H.E. the President of the Republic has been given no choice but to issue instructions for the withdrawal of the proposed amendments to Articles 243(1) and 55(3) of the 1992 Constitution, ...

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Leadership from tradition, leadership from the ballot box…

I do not joke with our traditional rulers. They kept us together before we were colonised and even during the colonial period we still looked up to them to provide leadership in many areas the colonizers and their civil service could not. They still wield immense influence in our modern nation-state and governments are always exerting muscle, bone and sinew ...

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Local government reforms and chieftaincy – Legal Affairs, National House of Chiefs

The National House of Chiefs supports the current policy of Government to effect constitutional amendments to ensure that chief executives of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies would be elected not appointed officials. However, the current focus is on holding a referendum to amend Article 55(3) of the Constitution to permit the introduction of partisan politics into local government. While in ...

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Public education on referendum on amendment of Article 55(3)

The referendum is not about whether or not you should appoint or elect MMDCEs. No, far from it. Fact is, the question of whether or not we should elect MMDCEs is a question that parliament has the power to answer. It is not a question to be answered at a referendum, and, this referendum is not asking you to answer that ...

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Samson’s Take: What it means to vote a dangerous ‘Yes’ On Dec 17

A “YES” vote on December 17, 2019, does not make elective what already is elective. What it does, in fact, is to make legal what the Constitution prohibits. The law is that political parties are prohibited from sponsoring candidates for elections at the district assembly and lower local government units. This position was very important to the framers of the ...

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