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Critical News, 15th August 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 15, 2010

We are probably as close to a Constitutional crisis as we are going to get.  The Constitutional Review Committee is going around Ghana soliciting views for amendments to the 1992 constitution. We all know the real reason is to see how we can either continue to entrench or remove the transitional provisions granting immunity to PNDC coup makers and their supporters.  We are just going to spend $1.2 billion doing so.  If we fail to remove the provisions, we don’t get another crack at it for a long time.

It comes to the fore this week, after the Ghana@50 commission “politically discharged” Kojo Mpiani and Wiereku Brobbey.  They were on air immediately claiming they had won their case, (read Kwesi Biney) Betty Mould Iddrissu had lost another one, the NDC Foot soldiers started baying for her head and the NDC publicity machinery fell silent.  Listening to Nana Ato Dadzie, Egbert Faibille and others on JoyFm’s Newsfile program, however, it is very clear that there is a huge difference between the political news media discharge by the presidential enquiry and the various options within the High Court to prosecute the case in the criminal court.  Too convoluted to explain in detail here, but there is clearly a conflict in the constitution as to who has a right of appeal under high court rules derived from a constitutional review and the rights of a witness or the subject of the enquiry.  It took two and a half hours to get some meaning from the panel and we clearly have a major one coming up.  Not only that, we still have the pending crisis from the Mabey and Johnson case, in which Lawyer Ato Dadzie is a key player, having asked the court to rule on interference by the Commissioner of CHRAJ, Emile Short.  That case is now bogged down in the Supreme Court with some inertia.

So, in the coming weeks, we should see that envelope pushed further on all fronts.

President Mills is on holiday and his team has not made a comment yet.

Nana Addo’s victory culminated in a reconciliation and smooth political talk from the NPP executive.  Having won a decisive victory, he has carefully crafted a swell of grass roots support and there is an atmosphere of confidence running through the party.  If there were an election today, doubtless it would go his way.  The NPP has to carefully strategise for the Volta Region, because that is where they always lose, and I am not talking about winning over voters in the region, I am talking about preventing extra voters from getting a count.  The problem in the VR is not that the NDC have a huge support base, which they have anyway, it is about preventative count mechanisms that have to be planned and doubly thought out.  A word to the wise heads of the NPP executive is not out of place.

One thing for sure, the NDC are definitely cornered and have come back with some measure of damage limitation.

STX finally went quiet.  Now the Government has it approved, Works and Housing Minister Alban Bagbin is fighting to stay in the media.  Well, we are past that now, old news, better stories are about husbands killing wives and burning their children.  Want to read about it?  CLICK THIS LINK. Or CLICK THIS LINK.

Ato Kwamena Dadzie was back in full force on the Saturday Weekly show.  So much more fun and satire and definitely a program many of us now look forward to at the end of the week.  Tune in if you can, Saturdays between 7am and 9am.

So, why did Nana Addo win the election?  Well, he prayed much harder than Alan and the rest and he also got the Muslims to pray for him.  Now all he has to do is intensify and deepen his prayers and court God’s favor over Atta Mills.  We know the lord is not too enamoured with the President at this time after he “suarezed” the World Cup in favor of the Uraguans, so I think he has a great chance now.  He really needs Mensah Otabil now more than ever.

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Ghana, aha a ye de papa! alius valde week advenio. Another great week to come!

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One Response to “Critical News, 15th August 2010”

  1. Richard Grant-Afari said

    AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR HOW THINGS ARE TURNING OUT IN OUR POLITICS
    SOME PEOPLE HAVE JUST REFUSED TO BE TRUTHFUL TO THEMSELVES THEY HAVE CREATED TERRIBLE IN-ROADS IN TO THEIR SENSE OF REASONING ALL THEY THINK OF IS MONEY BUT PLEASE HELP ME TO TELL THEM THAT THEY SHOULD NOT FORGET WHATEVER THEY SOW NOW EITHER GOOD OR BAD THEY SHOULD REMIND THEMSELVES THAT THERE WILL BE A REAPING TIME SOMEDAY THIS TIME IT WON’T BE THEIR CHILDREN BUT THEY THEMSELVES THANKS.

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