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There is something very wrong with deputy information minister, Baba Jamal. It could be that he suffers from a very bloated sense of his own intelligence or he thinks most Ghanaians are idiots. It’s a very serious disease and the earlier he’s cured the better for himself, his government and the nation. He started exhibiting symptoms of the disease when he argued that the Embraer 190 aircraft government was ordering as a “military” jet could be used to clampdown on armed robbers. Then he claimed that President Mills’ presence in Atiwa helped to bring the flooding in the area under…

About two years ago, I tried to argue for the information ministry to be scrapped. Like most of the things I say, it fell on deaf ears and no one seemed to take notice. After hearing deputy information minister threaten staff of the Information Services Department if they fail to portray government in positive light, a good number of enlightened Ghanaians are starting to wonder whether we need the Information Ministry. I am glad the debate is no longer just on the dark fringes of my mind and this blog, with the likes of John Ndebugri and Prof. Gyimah Boadi…

In rallying the NDC to unite at their just-ended congress in Sunyani, vice president John Mahama told a story which, we hear, is very popular in the three northern regions. It’s the story of three birds – Taka, Tika and Gangale. They used to sing together as a trio to earn a living. But at some point each saw himself as the ‘star’ and they each at different times tried to go solo. Each failed, only singing to scornful jeers and getting pelted with stones. It was at the point of starvation that they came to the realisation that they…

I wasn’t in Sunyani but I followed almost every minute of the NDC congress over the weekend. I had to. I followed it not only as a Ghanaian with a keen interest in national politics but also as one of the producers for Joy FM and Multi TV’s coverage of the event. From the TV screens and what I’ve heard from reporters on the ground, I must say that I have been very impressed with the level of planning and organisation that went into the event. The choice of the Coronation Park was great and the fact that they decided…

I have bought a card for Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings. It reads: “He’s slow and we don’t know where he’s leading us but don’t fonk with Mills. Told ya, mother-fonkar.” I hope it brings her some joy as she broods over the humiliation she suffered over the weekend in Sunyani, where she only managed a mere three percent of votes cast in the NDC presidential primaries. If we were still in the dark days of her husband’s brutal tyranny, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings would have ordered an identification haircut, complete with broken bottles, for whoever advised her bid for the…

This weekend, I hope the NDC delivers a strong message to Jerry Rawlings and his wife that the nation has had enough of their shameless clamour for power. The occasion would be the special delegates’ congress of the party at which they will choose the one who would lead them to electoral battle in 2012. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has put up an animated campaign to snatch the leadership of the party from President John Atta Mills. It’s hard to tell what either candidate has been campaigning on. Beyond mere sloganeering both candidates have failed to spell out any clear…

The political season has started early. The NPP just concluded their primaries for Parliamentary candidates in most constituencies. Within the NDC, the emergence of Nana Konadu, seeking to challenge the President, has brought about many groups, in support of the President or against. See existing ones below as well as suggested ones. Enjoy… [Written by Nana Awere Damoah, with contributions from Qouphy Obirikorang, Samuel Boateng, Maame A G Boateng,Yvonne Boateng, Mekua Galley, Elijah Atta-Aidoo, Linda Narh, Vincent Preko, Dzamesi Selorm] 1. FOAM – Friends Of Atta Mills 2. GAME – Get Atta Mills Elected 3. SADAM – Sons And Daughters…

Dear Nana, So now, it’s official. You really want to be president of this wretched republic of ours. Sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen. You can go ahead and win the NDC presidential primaries against a disappointing Atta Mills. But, you will lose the national election. I will bet my bottom pesewa on that. Mills might have been disappointing but you and your husband will not be our saving grace. The two of you demonstrated to us over a period of almost 20 years, that you have nothing to offer this country. All you want is to become president and…

When John Kufuor arrived at the Osu Castle to meet with John Atta Mills, the two men were all smiles. They were behaving like old buddies who hadn’t seen each other in a long while. It seemed like the perfect photo opportunity for a nation badly in need of a thermostat to help cool down escalating political temperatures. “I invited him so that we discuss matters of mutual, national and international interest,” President Mills said. “Pure and simple.” “The two of us are joined by the national interest which must be managed with necessary decorum and circumspection,” Kufuor responded. “You…

So, you’ve been privileged to be made captain in an aircraft. The previous pilot wasn’t doing a particularly good job even though he felt he deserved adulation for being able to navigate the plane through some turbulence. He was so full of himself that at some point he decided to buy himself a gold medallion. “If no one sees the good I’ve done, I do,” he said. I’d reward myself.” The passengers were not as impressed by his efforts as he was with himself. So when the time came for him to land the plane, the passengers decided that they…