Author Archives: Dr. Michael Bokor

The President that Ghanaians need

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 No doubt, Ghana’s main problem is the leadership crisis that has continued to blight all hopes for a steady national redemption. The country has abundant national and human resources and can make much progress to be the envy of the world if it gets leaders with the requisite acumen to steer its affairs. It’s a matter ...

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What will Akufo-Addo do for the Western Region?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 As we inch toward Election Day, those coming across as desperate are doing desperate things. And they raise more questions about their own integrity than answers to attract public goodwill. The Western Regional branch of the NPP-funded TESCON has issued a press statement condemning government for failing to give 10% of the oil revenue to the ...

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When you befriend an elephant, be ready for its big poop!!

Monday, December 3, 2012 The nauseating “Yen Akanfuo” mentality that undergirds the NPP’s politicking is on display once again. This time, it is happening right within the party’s own ranks, confirming the long-held disdain that those bigwigs in the NPP have for others not of their ethnic extraction. By their public posturing and unguarded utterances alone, we can tell how ...

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To two-faced Akufo-Addo: All-fall-be-fall

Sunday, December 2, 2012 As we inch toward Election Day this Friday, some extra-ordinary events have begun happening to provide some comic relief. Forget about the Hassan Ayariga antics and turn to this latest one, reported by Sammi Wiafe, Citi News reporter in Kumasi: “… Akufo-Addo took a tumble when the stage on which he was addressing a crowd caved ...

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Who will enforce the Kumasi Peace Pact?

Sunday, December 2, 2012 Although I have already commented on the signing of the Kumasi Peace Pact by the leaders of the parties contesting next Friday’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections, there are still some loose ends to tie up. The real meaning to be given the Kumasi Peace Pact has not yet emerged; hence, my return to pick up this ...

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When is incumbency not ever (ab)used?

Friday, November 2, 2012 Three civil society groups—the Ghana Integrity Initiative, the Centre for Democratic Development, and the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition jointly released a report yesterday, citing President Mahama for abuse of incumbency and the NPP’s Akufo-Addo for vote-buying. We know what vote-buying entails. We have no problem knowing what incumbency is and how it is used. We also know ...

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Woe betide the nay-sayers!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 At long last, political maturity has triumphed over parochialism and 45 constituencies created by the EC will have legal backing. The NPP followers may be chafing for losing the gamble, but they have themselves to blame for not allowing common sense and good conscience to guide their political manouevres. If the EC could add 30 constituencies ...

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Who let the political dogs out to have a field day?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 Certainly, Ghanaian politics is known for its “nonsense.” Those who don’t have the stomach for that nonsense shouldn’t participate in it lest they either choke on it or vomit out what their squeamish stomachs can’t contain. We know those who have been choked out of contention and those who have had to vomit what they ingested ...

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Northern Ghana made proud by Mahama, Sakara, and Ayariga!

Friday, November 2, 2012 It is refreshing that three out of the Presidential Candidates to contest the December 7 elections are of Northern Ghana extraction. This is the first time in Ghana’s history that we have such an array of contestants from that part of the country for national elections. The incumbent, John Dramani Mahama of the NDC, the People’s ...

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Compelling reasons why Akufo-Addo must be rejected

Saturday, December 1, 2012 If Ghanaians make the mistake to elect the NPP’s Akufo-Addo into office next Friday, they will be sealing their own doom and confirming long-held opinions that they are the architects of their own plight. And that they don’t learn useful lessons from experience to do the right thing in choosing their leaders. Having complained bitterly about ...

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Akufo-Addo now has a new name—Mr. FREEMAN

Thursday, November 1, 2012 He is all over the place, promising everything that comes to his mind as if that’s all politicking for the December elections is about. Indeed, giving him the politically motivated name “FREEMAN” won’t be out of place; will it? “I will provide free this, free that, free everything” has become his buzz campaign message. Out of ...

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So, Parliament itself approved judgement debt payments?

Friday, November 30, 2012 The public anger aroused by the Woyome judgement debt payment scandal hasn’t yet evaporated. It might not still be the dominant topical issue, but it has already been so heavily politicized against the NDC and its government as to suggest that the electorate will punish President Mahama for not retrieving the over 51 million Cedis paid ...

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Is the Kumasi Peace Pact a mere window dressing?

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Efforts by the Asantehene, the Ghana Peace Council, and others that culminated into the signing of the Kumasi Peace Pact by flagbearers of the various political parties contesting next Friday’s general elections are commendable. The events leading to this accord clearly portray the already-high and ever-rising tension in the country as a result of the uncompromising ...

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This “nyamanyama” politics with Christians sucks!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 As Election Day approaches, the desperation driving the electioneering campaigns of both the NDC and NPP are assuming ugly dimensions. While the NDC is furiously clinging on to its strategies of portraying the NPP as not better than it and rightly condemning Akufo-Addo’s fly-blown promise of free SHS education, the NPP’s followers are ramping up their ...

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