Sun, Aug

kobby gomez-mensah

  • The battle lines are drawn. A showdown in court against a parliamentary inquiry into the alleged bribery scandal that has rocked the Parliamentary Sub-Committee, vested with the power to scrutinize the President's nominees for ministerial appointments. Both maybe necessary and it will put to rest the speculation and further swearing in the name of Allah, possibly in vain.

  • As promised during the electioneering, the government has over achieved if one looks at the many bonus projects not previously promised, including ...

    I feel obliged to throw my hat into the ring of grading the Akufo-Addo government. I take on this task after carefully observing three other similar ratings, only one of which was based on any meaningful data. The scores, however, tell on both our expectations and how much we are willing to excuse Ghana’s current administration. The government led by son of a former ceremonial head of state under the Second Republic obviously deserves an A++ rating for turning the West African nation into a new haven where not much seems to be working.

  • I stumbled into police high handedness at Mathare North, a community in the Ruiraka constituency of Kenya, while arriving via bodaboda, (Okada) against the wishes of all I engaged over going to a NASA stronghold. Even before I could step off the pedal to dismiss the bike rider who was obviously enjoying his fame after seeing himself on the live Facebook feed, teargas canisters exploded, discharging their burning smoke into the airspace.

  • It makes no sense where our national priorities lie. Over the weekend, I saw my colleague Kojo Ansah Sasraku post photos of kindergartens in the Akyem area in the Eastern region, where the President hails from. I lost it. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we treat ourselves so shabbily?

  • My first reaction to the senseless attack in Manchester was to check up on my great folks in what some Brits call, the Rainchester. This was even before I could convince myself that they certainly weren't at the Arena because they simply won't attend any such show. But I would have.

  • You assume that the public was condemning Mensa Otabil for no wrongdoing? Or that he was on the crucible despite his innocence? You claim that because he built an empire never imagined in human history, we can allow him to graze on public cash?

    Spare the public the blasphemy of assumptions, Manasseh. Your empty tirade laden with pontification that means very little and hardly touches the grain of the matter at issue is sickening.

  • However, despite promising to turn our country into something never imagined in our history, power and those around you seem to have clouded your understanding of the plight of the people, most of who remain in some awe of your person.

    Dear Nana Akufo-Addo,

    Despite campaigning, voting and guarding the votes for you nearly two years ago, I have become a spectator. I choose to remain on the fringes because not only are you going down as one of our worst performing leaders, you are not likely to leave a time-tested and enduring legacy, founded on well thought out programmes and policies. Policies aimed at improving the lots of the many who spent their entire lives believing in your person until you became president.

  • Has politics become the smokescreen that shields the truth from the people? There's no gain saying that majority of people in any society will only be privy, in any situation, to official narratives. But that must be worrying, given that political leaders will only act in their parochial interest.

  • I read with utter dismay Karen Curley’s article under the above heading. My conclusion is that she’s either a prejudiced bigot or lacks knowledge of the global south. As a Photo Journalist, she set out on a journey to a third world country and expected to live her first world experience?

  • Two things in the past week have exposed journalism to attacks. But they are not alone, there are a lot more that need to be addressed by no other group, but journalists themselves. Not even the Ghana Journalists Association can address them without journalists applying themselves to the ethical tenets of their profession.

  • The message landed on a social media platform I am on less than an hour before the Resurrection. My gut feeling was, this amounts to taking away the producers' power over their own show. It demanded an unqualified apology from the Multimedia Group Limited for failing to admit a member of the ruling party, the New Patriotic Party, who showed up to represent the expected guest on Multimedia's weekly news analysis programme, Newsfile.

  • Call it withdrawal syndrome or something close to that, but the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) hasn't fully settled into its new status. It is yet to fully recover from the shocks of defeat. Like a spokesperson for their candidate and the President said, the Party thought victory in the 2016 elections was for them, a given. Therefore you can understand what is happening. In fact, its historic defeat, with the numerous seats lost in Parliament, can make the Akufo-Addo government a proper 'Yentie Obiaa'.

  • The Presidency spent over $6 million dollars on its fleet of vehicles. The money is right here. Our problem is priorities - what to spend the money on and that hasn't changed much. In fact the government insists that it can survive without aid, so no need to quibble over what development partners are spending their money on.

    The last few months have presented interesting political gymnastics on the continent. We crowned a legend of the continent as President while his predecessor, despite losing local favour earned global glory.

  • National Service is not exciting. In fact for many, that's when they begin to care about governance and its impacts on their lives. The National Service Secretariat harps on the significance of the exercise and due to its role in national life, officers of the secretariat throw their weight about, knowing citizens who pursue higher education have no choice, but undergo this 'suffering'.

  • Every progressive democrat must expect the government of Akufo-Addo to do at least two things - prosecute corrupt officials of the erstwhile NDC administration and pass the age old Right to Information (RTI) Bill - But I have a third. This government must also change Ghana's administrative capital. These, will shift the levers of governance to a top gear, where we can all appreciate the President's commitment to depart from business as usual. They will demonstrate a clear resolve to fight corruption and also improve business turnaround time for both local and foreign investors.

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