Author Archives: Dr. Michael Bokor

Akufo-Addo still doesn’t get it!!

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Folks, the NPP’s Akufo-Addo is reported to have said that he has ‘ener­gy’ and ‘commitment’ to lead Ghana as president. “I believe I have the energy; I also have the commitment, and those are the two things that are driving me,” the experi­enced politician said on BBC’s Democracy Day panel discussion ...

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Will this AFRILEAKS venture help solve governance problems in Africa?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Folks, when it comes to bold initiatives to break the back of seemingly impenetrable, invincible, and overly self-confident systems, there is no doubt that Julian Assange and his Wikileaks have done a lot to excite interest in “hidden truths”, especially what lies in the diplomatic cables (gathered by the United States’ ...

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“Militarizing” the Nkonya-Alavanyo conflict won’t solve the fundamental problems

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Monday, January 12, 2015 Folks, social unrests in Ghana can be traced to two major factors: chieftaincy and land disputes. We also have conflicts resulting from ethnic or tribal differences. Anything else sparking spontaneous unrests may include politically motivated disputes, breakdown of law and order, or any other spur-of-the-moment or flash-in-the-pan occurrence. The perennial conflict ...

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Taking care of personal security at the Presidency

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Folks, the world today isn’t as safe as it used to be, especially with the proliferation of all kinds of terrorist organizations and pockets of malcontents who snatch every opportunity to register and confirm their notoriety. Daily reports of the carnage wreaked on countries by terrorists and such malcontents are alarming. ...

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This Rev. Owusu Bempah and his doomsday prophecies again?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Folks, the madness called “prophecy” is in full flight, so early in this year. The first one came from an Odiyifuo Tawiah barely two weeks ago that we quickly dismissed as obnoxiously opportunistic. As if not wanting to be overdone, none other but the Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah (Founder and Leader ...

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The fault is not within the Electoral Commission, Akufo-Addo and Co.

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Folks, I have been wondering why all manner of people and so-called civil society groups, politically motivated ones, and the clergy cannot contribute anything useful to enhance Ghana’s democracy apart from targeting the Electoral Commission and making utterances to suggest that it is the cause of the woes that they alone ...

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This “ghost names” problem: Withholding workers’ salaries won’t solve any problem

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, January 4, 2015 Folks, the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department is warning workers that if they don’t update information on their employment status by a deadline to be given, their salaries will be withheld. According to the Department, the directive is in response to the problem being caused by the huge wage bill that is ...

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Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings has wings but can’t fly

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Folks, hardly has the appeal by former President Rawlings sunk than his wife has sprung up to create the impression that she still doesn’t understand or know what is at stake. Speaking at the 8th national delegates’ congress of the ruling party, Rawlings had urged his wife to consider returning to ...

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Nana Konadu needs the NDC more than the NDC does her

Monday, December 22, 2014 Folks, the call by former President Rawlings to his wife (Nana Konadu) to return to her political family (the NDC) provides material for my second opinion piece on happenings at the just-ended NDC delegates’ congress in Kumasi. Rawlings had said that Nana Konadu played a cardinal role in the founding of the NDC and helped it ...

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The CPP’s Greenstreet hurts feelings but opens eyes

Sunday, December 21, 2014 The 8th delegates’ congress of the NDC has just taken place at Kumasi, producing very intriguing issues worth our bother because they carry weight. Although many issues cropped up, we cannot engage all of them and will settle on only those that have dire implications for our democracy. These issues can be categorized into two: those ...

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Over-expenditure by the Presidency reflects fundamental weaknesses of our democracy

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Friday, December 19, 2014 Folks, news reports about the over-expenditure of funds by the Presidency may be shocking only for partisan political purposes. In reality, the happening confirms fears long held by some of us that despite all the commitments made by Ghanaians to sustain this 4th Republic, the kind of democracy being practised isn’t ...

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A misplaced Akufo-Addo agenda already on the horizon?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Folks, these NPP people are really looking for all kinds of straw to hang on to in their desperate attempt to appeal to voters. I have all along insisted that they don’t know how to do productive politics and will continue to lick their wounds at the end of the polls. ...

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When will these boring “Concert Party” shows ever end?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Folks, there is much to laugh over whenever any screaming headline of this sort appears in the news media: “Opposition parties trusted more than Mahama—survey”. More than necessary times, I have made it clear that those leading the futile anti-Mahama campaign and allowing their narrow political interests to cloud their sense ...

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Is President Mahama travelling too much?

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, November 30, 2014 Folks, one major issue that has bothered Ghanaians over the years is the foreign travels undertaken by the heads of state that involve huge expenditure of the tax-payers’ money. Of course, a good thing sells itself; and if Ghana were good, it needn’t be marketed through foreign travels by its heads ...

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The Boko Haram Carnage in Nigeria: No solution in Sight

By Dr. Michael J.K. Bokor Sunday, November 30, 2014 Folks, the carnage being wreaked on Nigeria by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists is now beyond belief. Forget about control. I am deeply worried at the high incidence of devastation of limb and property while the Nigerian government falters in its attempt to contain the situation. All indications are clear that ...

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Nothing wrong with “selling” the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG)

Saturday, November 29, 2014 Folks, the removal of William Hutton-Mensah as Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and his re-assignment to the Ministry of Power/Energy by President Mahama has provoked some kind of public discourse and angered a cross-section of workers of the ECG. Apparently, those objecting to the President’s action are raising reasons to suggest that ...

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