Author Archives: Dr. Michael Bokor

What exactly is wrong with President Mills?

Monday, June 18, 2012 For all that he may be to political observers, President Mills is definitely uncharismatic and lacks the drive to act decisively—and with authority too—as expected; but his approach to governance has to be viewed on its own terms and judged as such. Being self-effacing and reluctant to use the enormous powers at his disposal, his approach ...

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The elephants are locking trunks

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 Folks, the NPP’s “Concert Party” is turning ugly at this stage. Nerves are being strained to the breaking point and, if care is not taken, the situation in the party may take a sudden turn for the worse. There seems to be no common purpose in the elephant family nor is there any firm agreement among ...

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The Chinese are no Father Christmas, Mr. President!!

Friday, August 17, 2012 President John Mahama seems to have settled in the groove well enough to steer the affairs of this country. Good for him. What is not good for him, however, is the resurgence of the politics of insults in a political environment that remains hostile. Public discontent at the high cost of living and the persistent complaints ...

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Democracy without peace is no democracy

Saturday, November 17, 2012 For obvious reasons, it is not often that I bother my head over pronouncements by the country’s so-called Men of God. Many of them have over the years preached virtue but practised vice and haven’t impressed me. Their deeds have overshadowed the shining examples set by the good ones among them whom we seek to emulate ...

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Why is the NPP seeking refuge in the Asantehene?

Monday, December 17, 2012 The announcement that the NPP will present a petition to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, after a demonstration in Kumasi on Tuesday comes across as part of the intricate scheming by the party’s leaders either to save face and abandon their head-butting with the Electoral Commission or to raise their protestations to a whole new ...

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The NPP and its lorgorligi logarithms

Monday, December 17, 2012 The road in front of the NPP is indeed winding and long. It fits into what the celebrated Ghanaian poet, Atukwei Okai, has rightly captured in his imagination as “Lorgorligi Logarithms.” Will the NPP leaders move their supporters along this road to reach Canaan? To claim what they are clamouring for as their electoral crown? I ...

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The NPP’s ‘Tale of Two Cities’ is too sweet for belief

Sunday, December 16, 2012 We continue to focus attention on the NPP at this point in the post-election assessment of our national life. The threat to national stability posed by the riotous behaviour of its members still persists. Likewise, the public posturing and churning out of inconsistent claims by its leaders has reached an alarming level to warrant further analysis. ...

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Madam Hawa Yakubu must be laughing in her grave

Saturday, December 15, 2012 The NPP may continue fretting and protesting (whether legally or through riotous behaviour by its activists), but its leaders seem not to know that their fate had long been decided before the 2012 elections were held. Hawa Yakubu will be asking from afar: What are they disputing? Two main issues account for their defeat, she will ...

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Boycotting the IEA debate will hurt Mahama

Thursday, November 15, 2012 Comments from so-called NDC functionaries urging President Mahama to boycott next Tuesday’s debate under the auspices of the Institute of Economic Affairs are annoying, to say the least. Leading the pack of those elements howling for a boycott is Alhaji Bature of the Alhaj newspaper, who thinks that public utterances by Mensa Otabil (General Overseer of ...

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The NPP can’t solve its credibility problem by denying it

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 As the electioneering campaigns for Election 2012 heat up, we don’t expect to see anything remarkably different from the strategies used by the functionaries of the various parties, especially the NPP that is hell-bent on undercutting the NDC as a means to regain political power. Press conferences will continue to be the most appealing mechanism, especially ...

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Where is the moral high ground for Rawlings?

Monday, October 15, 2012 The ugly noise that Rawlings continues to make about his so-called principles of “probity and accountability”—which is the motivation for his persistent undermining of his successors—is more than annoying. According to him, everybody in Ghana is corrupt except him and his wife. As he continues to fight against the interests of the very party that he ...

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As the NPP’s woes deepen…. And Akufo-Addo digs in… (Part I)

Friday, December 14, 2012 As the NPP leaders and followers continue to create the impression that the results of the just-ended elections were tampered with by the media, the Electoral Commission, and the NDC to crown President Mahama as winner, they leave me wondering whether they really know the true nature of the Ghanaian voters. Or whether they know where ...

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If it were Akufo-Addo who had died…

I will raise a disturbing question as the framework for my opinion piece: If it were the NPP’s Akufo-Addo who had died, would the NPP leaders have swiftly and smoothly elevated his running mate (Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia) as their party’s flagbearer for Election 2012?

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Is the government already overstretching the security services?

Thursday, June 14, 2012 As we move toward Election 2012, much exists to portend danger. The conflicts erupting all over the country and the government’s over-reliance on the security services make me wonder how the situation will be like if politically motivated conflicts take the centre-stage to worsen the national security situation. The approach toward handling these conflicts gives much ...

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Who else is politicizing chieftaincy but the chiefs themselves? (Part II)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 We have identified the refusal by traditional rulers to respect the constitutional ban on them as very troubling because of the threat it poses to our democracy. Left on their own, the chiefs can’t profit from the politicking going on around them. They know how to play their cards when the politicians fall into their trap ...

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