SPEECH DELIVERED BY NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, 2012
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE NEW PATRIOTIC PARTY AT THE
EVENING ENCOUNTER ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTE OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS ON THE 21ST OF AUGUST 2012
Chairperson, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, friends from the media, fellow Ghanaians, good evening.
This event was to have taken place two weeks ago, but was postponed at my request when President Mills passed away. May he rest in perfect peace. Continue Reading
As Ghana takes careful and anxious steps towards another very difficult election in its infantile democratic life, the cries and prayers for peaceful polls are resounding louder than ever. A lot of civil organizations and think-tanks are doing all within their means to help organize peaceful, free and fair elections. There is a public outcry against some political maneuvers that serve as threats to the peace of the state chief among them being political insults and intimidation which can degenerate into conflicts that might end up leaving an indelible blot on the peace map of Ghana. Efforts being made to ensure peaceful elections must be applauded in as much as activities that seek to undermine peaceful polls must be bemoaned and condemned outright irrespective. Continue Reading
I read this piece from THE GUARDIAN, concerning the troubled ANC Youth leader of South Africa.
‘Julius Malema, above, was once considered ANC’s possible future leader by president Jacob Zuma but become his political nemesis. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images Continue Reading
The president of the nation is billed to deliver the State of the nation address. A colleague who is undertaking his national service as a Government teacher in a Senior High School in the Central region decides to give his students a real picture of the things he has been teaching them. He arranges for them to watch the state of the nation address live on a large screen. After the whole ceremony, he gives them an assignment.
What is your general observation of the state of the nation address?
Below are some of the responses the teacher received from his students.
Student A :
This is my first time of watching such a program. I would say it was generally okay. I however had a little difficulty catching all the words of the president due to the excessive noise in the house. Next, time there is such an important event, I wish there would be a little decorum so that those of us watching on TV can enjoy the program as well.
After the whole program, I think my class which is tagged as the most notorious class in our school is more disciplined than some or most of our MPs. The fact that the speaker was screaming ‘ORDER’ on top of her voice and no one would listen portrays a gross level of disrespect for authority inside the law-making house.
I am more than motivated to become a member of parliament. I can’t wait to get there and be singing ‘woyome woyome’ on top of my voice. I first thought Parliament was all about law and legal arguments. That discouraged me earlier. Now that I know I can exhibit my singing and ‘jama-leading’ talent without anyone stopping me, PARLIAMENT OF GHANA, here I come.
I learnt a lot from the event. I learnt all the a state of the nation address is about. I also learnt that our ‘honourable’ MPs are not always honourable.
It was generally a nice program packed with many funny moments. I had wanted to make a detailed analysis of the president’s speech but I must confess that I was distracted several times by the noise-making in the house. At least, I learnt a few things about the workings of parliament. A little discipline on the part of our MPs will help us next time.
These are the individual observations of students of Government of a national event held in the Parliament house of a country touted by many pundits as the first-born of democracy in Africa. If these observations of Senior High school students are true reflections of what went on, then a lot needs to be done in terms of general conduct of our MPs and other public officials especially at events of this nature which are normally broadcasted to the whole world.
After watching this PRESS TV documentary, I think it is worth sharing with you all in this year of another crucial presidential and parliamentary elections.
What lessons can we derive from this documentary?
SPEECH BY DR. PAPA KWESI NDUOM ON A NEW PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL MOVEMENT FOR THE 2012 ELECTIONS – DECEMBER 28, 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Thank you for honouring our invitation to participate in this event which we believe will chart a very different and positive course in the political environment of our dear country, Ghana. As you very well know, I do not engage in politics of insults, acts of violence or disrespectful behaviour. I believe that public service is an honourable duty that should be performed with passion and vim. I believe in politics that presents ideas and solutions to the problems that confront us as a nation for consideration and implementation.
I am here this morning to declare my resolve to work with like-minded men and women from all over the country, to form a very focused, vibrant, independent-minded and progressive Political Movement to contest the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Our Political Movement will work hard to be a winner in 2012. It will be difficult, we know, but we are prepared to do everything possible to give Ghanaians an alternative that is progressive and different in a very positive way. Continue Reading
This post might not just fit the season. However I was forced to come out with it because of the exit of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom from the CPP.
2012 marks another milestone in the political life of Ghana. The democratic foundation of the country will be put to a test again. The beacon of hope in the sub-region goes to the polls once again to elect lawmakers and a president and vice president. The stakes are very high and the battle lines have been drawn for what looks like another fierce political battle in the history of this country. Let us take a walk into the various camps. Continue Reading