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Will a government that respects or fears the people import terror into Ghana? That is exactly what our government did when, in 2016, it allowed into the country, two known associates of the dreaded Osama Bin Laden, namely Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby, after being held for 14 years at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in the south of Cuba.

Sleeping With The Enemy. Image credit -lisadyble

It was Genevan and British political theorist, Jean-Louis de Lolme (1740 – 1806), who in criticising what he observed as excessive powers of the British Parliament, wrote that "Parliament can do everything but make a woman a man and a man a woman".

My interest today is, however, on events earlier in the week; the presentation of the partisan majority report of the special parliamentary committee set up by the Speaker to investigate what has become known as the Cash-for-Seats saga. I will indulge liberally in historical allusions regarding this very event in this country.

File - Pres Akufo-Addo delivering the State of the Nation Address to Parliament of Feb 8th, 2018.

Written By Colin Essamuah - Yesterday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivered his second State of the Nation Address to Parliament as required by our Constitution. But the address came after this column had been written and another time may be found in future to dwell on the interesting aspects of that address.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is the pay master of all public debt. In July 2017, upon the first query of the MoF, based on receipts received provided to them from the MDAs, came up initially with a revised figure of Ghc9 billion as debts owed by the Government of Ghana (GoG) to suppliers and contractors for goods and services provided. Upon further query, our alleged indebtedness again, based on figures provided to the MoF by the MDAs, shot up to as much as Ghc11.8 billion.

Road Close

Let us pray, for what?

The meeting in the Botsio Auditorium at the Alisa Hotel started 12 minutes after the advertised time, with a prayer. I was captivated. Said invocation was mercifully short. Ghana is a secular country and I usually have no patience for public displays of virtuosity. Praying before public events is usually a signal for imminent mediocrity and the attendant buck passing. 'Measures are in place.... plans are far advanced... we are positioning to.... As long as we can claim God, in Ghana we can avoid taking responsibility for everything in a pathological case of national Mutunus Tutunus. Almost there, never quite and painful.

But the Guantanamo story affects us in Ghana in several significant ways in our current internal politics. The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is pro-West in its ideology and foreign policy leanings.

United States President, Donald Trump.

Written By Collins Essamuah - President Donald John Trump of the United States, in his first state of the nation address last Tuesday night, said he had okayed the Guantanamo Detention Centre in the American enclave in Cuba to remain open.

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