Evolution Of ‘Private Army’ In Ghana’s Politics


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I am not a prophet of doom neither am I a clairvoyant to predict the outcome of the 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections but events foreshadowing the elections suggest that we are going to have a worrisome election as the time approaches.

People who feel overly desperate, for whatever reason, can do the most dangerous things.

When a person is so desperate for political power, that person has the tendency to act in ways that can undermine the stability of the nation.

Why is it that election periods in Ghana are always fretting times?

The period is always marked by unsavory utterances, trickery, provocative communication, and all kinds of activities that have the tendency of sparking mayhem in our society.

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Originally Published, December 13, 2012

When the presidential candidates contesting the December 7, 2012, polls, signed a peace pact in Kumasi on November 27, 2012, pledging their commitment to peace and violent free elections under the auspices of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), the National Peace Council and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Ghanaians were impressed not just by the aptness and timeliness of the initiative, but also by the file of eminent persons the organizers arraigned, as backers to the initiative. Their choice of persons was one that was froth with wisdom, boldness and leadership.

For many therefore, the peace pact represented an appropriate, tangible seal to the many efforts the peace-loving people of this nation had undertaken. Irrespective of the nature of our efforts, both at the individual and the collective levels, they all found expression in this single initiative which gave us the Kumasi Peace Pact.

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Originally published April 19, 2013

This piece deals with the fallout of the meeting held between President John Mahama and the leadership of the Church in Ghana, at the Flagstaff House, on the 19th March, 2013, and what I consider to be lack of decorum in the attitude of some members of the clergy towards the presidency.

As someone with a commitment to the biblical philosophy, which clearly and openly recognizes God as his source of values, the President’s signals during the meeting for communion- inward fellowship- with the Clergy, while muted, was penetrating; albeit the fact that it did not suggest fusion of the church and state. It offered a dimension that unifies a people, while providing common goals and values for society’s existence. And this, it seems was rejected and flippantly cast aside by a section of the Clergy who raised a furor in the Press, with the issues the President spoke about

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Originally published October 16, 2011

The past few days have witnessed a frenzied media atmosphere triggered by information released from Wiki Leaks on purported conversations some Ghanaian politicians and media practitioners have been having with officials of some foreign embassies in Accra.
The foray has attracted the same attitude of Ghanaians; that of ignoring the thorough analysis of the the substantive issues; particularly, of the serious implications it bears on our national security, sovereignty and stability of the nation and general well-being.
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