Category Archives: Rants

Non-existent radicalists: panacea for our woes

The political theory of radicalism most often than not detonates the alteration process of social foundations.  This political principle is seen as a revolutionary means of altering the social structures and fundamentally changing the value systems.

 Is the absence of these radicals in recent times, a panacea for our woes as a country?

Ghana, as a country has reach an apogee, where the radical, vociferous and politically-awakened youth must counterpoise and reorient all stakeholders to create awareness, facilitate exchange of knowledge and best governance practices among political actors and governance processes.

This has a capacity to generate positive and sincere commitment from both public and private stakeholders to the contemporary issues, and trigger a shift of mindset from staunched ideological perspectives, as a competitive space to a genuine, collaborative and nationalistic space with the capacity to drive a holistic growth for Ghana.

Ghana is the land of our birth, and therefore the responsibility imposed on citizens by the 1992 Constitution to defend and uphold the integrity of Ghana must be of critical importance to every citizen!

“Sitting on the fence”: a panacea for the ills in public governance?

Many of our forefathers sacrificed their lives for the peace and democracy we are enjoying today. It is therefore incumbent on us, as descendants to be interested in positive political discourse that strengthens the socio-political landscape. The youth, who are the future leaders must actively work together, share ideas and be involved passionately to making Ghana a better place instead of “sitting on the fence” and assuming apolitical orientation whiles the Country gets messed up by the minority elite. This attitude thus solidifies the famous saying ” Country broke, Country no broke, we all dey inside”

Being actively involved is an attempt to have a say in governance, it’s the beginning of citizens’ awakening, and that public officials and institutions should not see this as an attempt to make them unpopular. I believe the rational for active political and public policy discourse is to ensure that the Ghana that our forefathers once envisioned some 59 years ago, is the Ghana we have, and that we leave a better version of it for generations to come.

sitonfence2.jpgAs a people, we have a civic awareness or consciousness that hitherto may have been dead or dormant at best. As vibrant young stakeholders as we are, we must rather be seen to encourage the exercise of our constitutional right to speak our minds, rather than suffer in silence in the democratic governance of our dear country.

Ghana must be better and I believe it’s our collective efforts that will make it so. It’s encouraging to see the solidarity being exhibited in recent times, and to see well-meaning Ghanaians from all walks of life move from “sitting on the fence” to becoming active participants in matters that concern our democracy as done by our forefathers some years back.

It’s my conviction and a personal mission to encourage the teeming youth to speak up and be actively involved in the governance process through dialogue and other positive public discourses for proper sanitization of the political landscape. Ghana is the only country of our birth and we are all duty bound and constitutionally mandated to protect and defend her integrity at all times.

Feminist Threat: A reality or hallucination?

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As I sit quietly on a fence just behind my house, I noticed an unusual banter between a young man believed to be in his forties and a young slim lady of about nineteen to twenty years there about. I was so amazed seeing how troubled and insecure the gentleman appeared, based on his demeanor, tonation and gesture.

I immediately fell-aback and knocked completely into a cogitating-mode. After a careful thought about the perceived threat posed by active and vociferous feminist, one of the strongest, yet least discussed, forms of prejudice in our current society is ‘hate’ and sometimes fear of ‘vociferous feminists’.

To further amplify the philosophical thought of feminine threat and hate, I came across a renowned Researcher who measured the clinical responses of bigots to various stimuli. The results were fascinating; in that “anti-feminism provokes a stronger phobic reaction (irrational visceral fear) than most common prejudices do”. Reportedly, his experiment shows that homophobia produces the strongest phobic reactions.

download.jpgMany persons have suffered wide attack and denigration as feminist or for supporting feminism in our society than for any other political view.  Example of feminists who have suffered such attacks include Samia Nkrumah (daughter of Ghana’s first President), Madam Akua Donkor (Founder of Freedom Party), Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa (popularly known as Afia Schwarzenegger), Nana Aba Anamoah (formally of TV 3), Victoria Hammah (former Deputy Minister of Communications), Dr. Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings (NDC parliamentary candidate for Korle Klottey constituency) and many others.

Feminist threat and hate has become synonymous with common sexism and I believe should not be distinguished. A bit of public advocacy, discourse or debate on this silent but escalating trend would be a good start, since people tend to think more rationally about critical issues once there’s a cross-sectional dialog about them.

I believe a good and thought-provoking starting point that could stimulate an overwhelming public discussion across the length and breadth of this country, could be: “President John Dramani Mahama appoints Dr. Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings as his running mate for election 2016”.

Ghana in the eyes of 2016: Can the fiscal discipline hold?

images.jpgGhana’s public resentment as has just started with Teachers and Nurses and the parent Organized Labour is expected to rise due to the poor performance of the economy, something that is expected to cost the current administration power at the 2016 elections.

The formal agreement of an assistance package with the IMF during 2015 will still continue to somehow help improve policymaking, but is not in itself an answer to all of Ghana’s current troubles. The government is expected to find it politically tricky to make the needed budgetary cuts to fiscal spending this year.

Also the expected adverse outlook for commodity prices as a result of world economic shakes will dent export performance, making 2016 a very tough year in perspective. Can we as a country withstand the tide? That’s a multi-million dollar question worth answering….

Sipping on my mix fruit juice at a coded location!

Public Officials and ‘Accountability’

people_don__t_know_their_true_power_by_slipkorn_x-d5eoizc.jpgI have always held the opinion that, public office is a public trust, and that public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives worthy of emulation.

The service delivery by public officials is so poor and nothing to write home about lately. These officials are largely unaccountable to the Ghanaian people who have voted them into public offices and who are also taxpayers, paying such officials. This poor service delivery; which manifests itself in very high levels of poverty, thievery and unemployment, is a direct consequence of widespread mismanagement and endemic corruption on the part of the uncountable public officials as well as little or no active citizen participation in the conduct of public affairs.

It is in the best interest of all Ghanaians to ensure that elected and or appointed public officials manage public resources in an efficient, transparent and accountable fashion. These resources belong to all Ghanaians. When public resources are abused through mismanagement, maladministration and blatant corruption, it is the ordinary members of society, and, in particular, the marginalized, poor and unemployed women, youth and members of indigenous minorities who suffer the consequences.

We must SPEAK-UP to ensure that elected and appointed public officials are accountable to the people of Ghana, and also ensure effective service delivery in the country. The promotion of active citizen participation in the conduct of public affairs is a necessary tool. We must all speak-up. Ghana must get involved and SPEAK-UP! for God and Country.

‘Bullish’ democracy and fairness

real-outsiders-democracy-word-cloud.jpgUpon a careful and Orange juice-propelled analysis, I have come to a conclusion that, the issue with democracy, in spite of the power of the people to control the decision-making process, is that there is no sense of accountability when the group makes a decision that turns out to be a bad one.

Even particularly influential individuals in the group who may have persuaded the majority to vote for what led to the bad decision is free from blame because, ultimately, everyone in the group is responsible for his or her choice. In this way democracy, although a group-oriented approach, can become very much about what individuals believe is best for themselves and not for the majority.

This type of decision-making also can be very expensive and have negative financial implications. First, a considerable amount of money can be spent in persuading voters to support an idea or cause. Second, voters may embrace an idea or cause, such as lowering taxes, because it sounds ideal when, in practice, it could lead to financial disaster and other cataclysmic catastrophes.

Still sipping on my mix fruit juice.

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