Real Change is going to come to Ghana too!!
By Ade Sawyerr
Feature Article | Thu, 04 Dec 2008
Whatever happens on Sunday 7th December 2008, there is going to be change in Ghana. Whether the change will be real or not will depend on the perceptions of Ghanaians as to where we should be heading as a country and which party can get us there.
Let me start by talking about the Parliamentary elections, the one that I consider to be the most important if we are to continue with a deepening of our multiparty democratic dispensation.
Parliament is expected to be the highest authority in the land in making the laws of the country and with respect to approving budgets that are set by government. In the Parliamentary system in the UK, parliament is not only the highest lawmaking authority but part of parliament acts as the executive. In the US, the House of Representatives and the Senate are required to make law and the executive president has the role of governing the country. In the Ghanaian system we have a hybrid system where members of parliament are allowed to be part of the executive.
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|Feature Article of Thursday, 30 May 2002
Leaders without constituencies – the sorry state of the party….
….that was once supreme.
I am not an apostate, I still believe in the Nkrumahist vision, but I get nightmares when I hear about all these attempts to reinvent the CPP. I am also worried about the contenders and pretenders who aspire to take on the mantle of the greatest leader Ghana has ever had, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. My concern is that these leaders do not seem to have any constituencies or have left them behind.
I am happier though, that the CPP is thinking about meeting with its ward and constituency leaders to reexamine the message and the strategy for getting its natural constituency fired up to fight the next election. News about talks to set up more merger and unification talks at the national level is not what the people of Ghana need. Those talks about talks do not inspire confidence of the voters. The party must be holding its discussions at the grassroots local level if it is to assume its status as a supreme Party again.
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By Ade Sawyerr
Feature Article | Thu, 08 Dec 2005
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The tsunami in South East Asia and Katrina in America were both natural disasters but whilst both destroyed property and took thousands of lives, the New Orleans disaster has brought into sharper focus the need for a system of development and type of government that will at once deliver for the people a free and fair society for all and respond quickly in the time of crisis.
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|Feature Article of Sunday, 31 March 2002
Politically motivated trials are bad for democracy
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Several issues arise out of the Tsatsu Tsikata’s challenge on the constitutionality of the Fast Track Court that have implications for the course of justice in Ghana. My intention here is not to discuss the legality or otherwise of the reasoning behind the rulings, but to flag up the dangers in the course and direction of present administration of justice. I would also caution that if the judiciary process is seen to be politicised or used for political purposes, the whole country will be the loser and the cause of democracy will be perverted. For some reason however, I am confident that this danger will be averted.My good friend, Mr Tsikata, and his lawyer, my senior brother, evoked the constitution to challenge the legality of the FTC. I am sure that they were quite aware of what was in the constitution. They now realise how flawed the document is and are conscious, as most Ghanaians will soon be, that the process of putting together that document was flawed. The constitution we have, was delivered to us by a military government that cobbled together a mass of individuals, many of whom were chosen directly by them, under a non-democratic constituent assembly.
The document should have been stillborn, but Ghanaians were too tired of a military regime to dispute the many flawed articles. We agreed the constitution because we wanted to return to multiparty democracy within the shortest possible time. Some of the glaring flaws are the lack of democracy at the basic ward level for for choosing representatives to the assemblies. Others include the inferior status accorded to Ghanaians abroad by the lack of franchise and the stripping some native born Ghanaians in the Diaspora of their citizenship.
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News – Accra Daily Mail
Who makes the news?
Is it the government, the opposition or the press?
Posted: Monday, August 04, 2003 – Ade Sawyerr
Ade Sawyerr takes on the government, the opposition and has some good words for the media
The role of the media in an emerging democracy has been topical in recent months. The debates have been interesting. Some newspaper editors have been accused of making the headlines in the news with exaggerations, under-researched stories and blatant gossip items.
When these unsubstantiated stories and stories without solid foundation have concerned government politicians and officials, the press has been accused of mischief and not looking after the national interest.
The moralist argument has been about the need for the press to be responsible and professional in the way they carry out their duties.
Some purists have gone as far as to say that the press must not only be accredited, but that a professional standard, achieved only after long years of training, must be set, before a professional journalist must be permitted to ply their trade.
One would normally expect the press to check and recheck a story and even offer the subject of “interesting news” an opportunity for rebuttal before publication, but the press would not really be able to check every story, and minor exaggerations such as my being described as a “CPP stalwart in London”, which I am not, will continue especially if no malice is imputed.
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Kufour’s legacy – dishonouring the name of Osagyefo Nkrumah
By: Sawyerr, Ade, (2008-02-25)
Several years ago, I met with President Kufour. It was a chance meeting; he was campaigning to be President of Ghana and had visited England. I was fortunate to have been invited to a Diwali festival that Tony Blair was attending and Mr Kufour had come along with a view of seeking audience with Blair who was then the prime minister.
Ade Sawyerr is partner in Equinox Consulting, a management consultancy that provides consultancy, training and research that focuses on formulating strategies for black and ethnic minority, disadvantaged and socially excluded communities in Britain. He also comments on social, political and development issues. He can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or through http://www.equinoxconsulting.net
I looked up and saw this bloke who looked familiar – I approached him and we had an engaging discussion for upwards of 30 minutes till he was called away. I liked his confidence – he was going to be president of my country so I wanted to know his views on a variety of issues and where Ghanaians stood with him.
I must admit that though he carried himself very well and listened well during our exchange, I concluded that I did not like his politics. When he became president, I wished him well in an open letter that I wrote to him. I asked that he run the country well, I asked that he should rid the country of corruption and that he should do his best till my own party came on the scene. I however asked that he should keep wise counsel and consult wisely on things that were contentious in terms of holding our country together.
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