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Archive for September 21st, 2008

Corruption and the fabric of our Existence

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

By Mike Mensah-Bonsu, former National Chairman of PNC and staunch Nkrumahist

I think we shall be doing our country a great disservice if we single out Mr. J.J. Rawlings as a ‘betrayer’ of his own rules.

Similarly, I do not agree with the imprisonment of Mr. Tsikata on the basis of corruption even though “there may be” clear proof of wrongful doing.

My comments are in no way intended to defend or attack these gentlemen in question. However, I firmly believe that vindication can never be the best form of justice and of resolving problems in our society, otherwise we may have to ‘get rid’ of many people – we have far too many corrupt men and women in Ghana – singling out “scape goats” is not the answer. The killing of the Honourable Judges, Afrifa, Kotoka, Achampong, Akuffo, Yaw Boakye, Felli, etc., etc., is still haunting the Nation – the result of vindication.

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Rawlings too is Corrupt

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

The former Senior Minister Mr. John Henry Mensah has stated that former President Rawlings has no moral right to accuse the NPP government of corruption when he and the PNDC government did worse things. “If the former President is not corrupt, then how come a whooping sum of $7 million went missing under his supervision,” he asked. According to him, Mr. Rawlings owes Ghanaians an explanation as to how $7 million cash got missing from a total of $10 million, secured by the government of Ghana for the refurbishment of Tema Food Processing Factory.

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The Benefits of Dual Citizenship

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

By Maame Ama Djaba, BA Hons, LLB Hons, LLM, London

Dual citizenship or dual nationality refers to an individual being a citizen of two countries or a legal status by which a Ghanaian becomes a citizen of two countries. Dual citizens have two passports and essentially live and travel freely within their native and naturalised countries without immigration constraints.

According to Ghana’s Citizenship Act of 2000 which went into effect in July 2002, “A citizen of Ghana may hold the citizenship of any other country in addition to his citizenship of Ghana.” Citizens who lost their citizenship as a result of the previous law which proscribed dual citizenship can regain their Ghanaian citizenship by applying to the Ministry of Interior for reinstatement.

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I am a Little Confused

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 21, 2008

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…..

If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.” Growing up in Alaska eating mooseburgers and going aerial shooting for wolves in the winter; a quintessential American story. If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you’re a maverick. Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

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