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The Dawn of Déjà Vu

Posted by Business in Ghana on January 13, 2009

The new presidential spokesman for Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills looks to be a quite interesting character, though I am not holding my breath in anticipation of the dawn of a democratic dispensation, as he enthusiastically claims. There is a saying among the rural folks of the southern United States which runs as follows: “You may gussy up a pig with a lipstick; but it is still a pig.” In sum, the Atta-Mills administration is not likely to be any remarkably different from that of Massa Boss Rawlings’.  Already, the former tax guru has begun talking about forging a government of national unity, even while also vigorously pursuing the rule of law and order. I bet that we shall soon know what exactly the latter means, and it is almost certain not to be a very pleasant and a pretty sight. For one cannot expect professional and congenital arm-twisters morphing into olive-branch wielders and advocates overnight. But then, if the initial propagandistic fooling pleases the majority of the Ghanaian electorate, then, by all means, it is their ball, let them play it!

By Kwmae Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr.

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