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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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Childlessness; stop the stigmatisation

Ours is a culture that would need a lot of tweaking to align with 21-century thinking when it comes to women-related issues. Some such issues, including childlessness in marriage, leave a lot of women traumatised because culturally, they are considered as failures and therefore misfits no matter their other life achievements. And so, it gladdened my heart to hear our head ...

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Volta, the votes, the roads and the empty promises

Often when I am walking through the Ho township, many friends will say, Benjamin, “what are you guys doing about the roads in the region?”, Why are you people not asking the ministers and the president to come and fix the roads for us? I will often respond with a grin and say we are trying our best. But let ...

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Attacking Physical ISIS, Killing the Leader, Missing the Ideology

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s death is a big blow to ISIS and marks the end of a terrifying era that witnessed the massacre of thousands of innocent people, most of them Muslims, according to a 2017 Global Terrorism Database by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. ISIS posed a potent, existential security nightmare to many ...

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‘This advert has been vetted and approved by the FDA’: What does this mean?

These days, it seems as if every advertisement aired on television or radio has a voice at the end saying, “This advertisement has been vetted and approved by the FDA.” Even on billboards all around town and in the print media, this statement is present. Here’s the thing you should note: it’s not all advertisements that have this statement. It ...

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Busia’s daughter refines political correction of Akufo Addo

THE DANQUAH VERSUS NKRUMAH UNRECONCILED FEUD.  A GHANA PROBLEM  Mr. President, this is a comprehensive political overview of our lopsided history. I write for posterity your Excellency.  Dr. Danquah is part of a group of several actors in a joint and later split convention collaborating with others operating separately to create a  ground swell movement of the chiefs, the youth,  ...

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Citizens of Ghana, organise!

One factor that sustains the political establishment, or the Old Guard, is that Ghanaian citizens cannot put aside partisanship for collective action. I think it is about time, as a people, that we made a decision on the political culture. It is either we commit ourselves to redefining politics and pushing for progress or retreat and maintain a system that ...

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Who taught you about sex? …the CSE question

Who taught you about sex? How did that teaching shape your attitudes to your body, to others bodies, to sex itself? Did that learning happen in one session, was it in stages? Was it your parents, friends or was it at school? Was sex about pleasure and power or was it about marriage and babies? Was there sexual abuse or ...

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