Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thousands have died. But we cannot remain aloof while thousands are massacred for demanding the right to elect their leaders, to speak their mind freely and to have access to basic necessities of life. Our silent means victory for the autocratic regimes littered across the continent. The people of Libya need our support. They need our prayers, and our encouragement. Let's us support them. Join Africa for Democracy now and let the world know how you feel about it.
Friday, February 25, 2011
It is understatement to say that the recent revolutions and uprisings taking place in North Africa and the Middle East caught the intelligence community and their political masters off guard. The intelligence community is asking why they didn’t get to know that the poor were planning to overthrow the allies of our governments in North Africa and the Middle East. They wish they had known the intensions of the poor so they could inform the corrupt, insensitive and autocratic regimes to erect firewalls around themselves.
French General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) had no idea how poverty and corruption were uniting to overthrow their friend in Tunisia. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had no clue what the Egyptian poor were up to regarding the $1.3bn given to Mubarak to buy his cooperation and likewise the Italian Agency for External Information and Security (AISE) had no idea what was going to happen to their friend in Libya.
While Al Qaeda and the Taliban were on the radar screen of many of the intelligence agencies, it appears the Yasmin revolution planned and executed on Facebook caught the spy agencies by surprise. Facebook activists it appears have been steps ahead of the world's finest spy agencies.
It will be no news if we hear tomorrow that the corrupt and autocratic regimes in Angola, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe have been toppled without the spy agencies having a clue.
By Lord Adusei
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
There are report of horrendous atrocities being committed against the Libyan people by Gaddafi and his agents. While the reports make me sick it is the near-silence coming from Europe and America that rattles me. I must say without hesitation that I am deeply and horror-struck at the silent in Washington and Europe regarding the atrocities being carried out by the Libyan regime against the innocent and good people of Libya. The silence is another proof of the corrupt relationship between Gaddafi and European and American leadership. We are witnessing another Rwanda in Libya yet because of oil the US, Europe and Security Council in which they control are quiet.
The African Union has not said anything. The US is only rambling. The European Union has proven once again how irrelevant and ineffective it has become in shaping global events. The Arab League is as useless as it has ever been.
This is why Europe and America won't take action against Gaddafi. 79% of Libya's oil goes to Europe. Out of the 79% Italy gets 32%; Germany 14%; France 10% and the rest of Europe 23%. US also get about 5% of her oil from Libya. Oil is the key factor here. For US and Europe oil is important than democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom to choose ones leader. Italian Prime Minister, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, Flight PA 103
That is the world in which we live in.But like Rwanda the remnants of the Libyan atrocities will rebuild the country after the people have prevailed.
By Lord Adusei
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I have been following the development in north Africa. I have spent a lot of time arguing for the people to claim back their countries and I am glad the people have finally risen up to redeem their country from the autocrats.
Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi thought they were in control of their police states. They called for jet fighters, helicopter gunships, armoured carriers, water cannons, and tear gas and used it against their own people but the people refused to budge.They thought the people would not revolt. They thought the people would continue to accept their corrupt and illegitimate leadership.They were dead wrong. When they realised it was over for them and their cohorts they pleaded for mercy and promised their children would not succeed them, but the people refused to listen. They were given 2 options by the people: flee or we would crash you and your regimes. Eventually they took the best of the 2 options: they fled.
It is not over yet but I believe the people are on course to redeem themselves from the internal slavery and internal colonialism imposed on them by their so called leaders.
I can see the leaders in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Uganda, Angola, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, and Republic of Congo panicking because like the leaders in North Africa they know they too have failed their people.
By Lord Adusei
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
An unemployed university graduate allegedly operating an unlicensed fruit stand in
was harassed by a corrupt policeman for trying to eke out an honest living under an autocratic regime. In desperation, he set himself on fire. This suicide set off demonstrations which culminated in Ben Ali’s rapid flight from Tunis . This achievement has given birth to hope for true freedom in North Africa and the Tunis . The speed of internet communication has contributed to the emerging outcome of these events in many countries. Middle East has been under continuous military rule since Egypt ’s coup of 1952. It has a 40% unemployment rate. If the internet existed in 1974 when students of Nasser ’s 3 major universities first marched against the Acheampong regime, Ghana ’s history would have been remarkably different. Ghana
In the 60’s it was said that “Winds of Change” were sweeping across
Africa. These changes ushered in a period of euphoria fuelling dreams of a better tomorrow for generations of Africans to come. Unfortunately, many countries fell to persistent military rule and civilian regimes built around a culture of personality cults. Sixty years later, while Egyptians have now found a voice to demand basic rights which we take for granted in Ghana, we all share a basic problem which retards Africa’s progress as a continent.
All these teetering regimes in
Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Jordan, Sudan and have been propped up by dictatorial corrupt individuals and systems. In the end they deny their citizens basic needs and rights through a well choreographed mix of brutality, fear and corruption. After five progressively free and fair elections in Yemen , our democracy is growing steadily but we still have not met the promise of democracy for the vast majority of our people. The main reason for this failure is the enemy within – the Ghanaian Citizen. Ghana
President Mills confronted this enemy at the
this past week and laid out—in very simple and clear terms—why corruption is literally depriving citizens of health care, education and infrastructural development. The revelations from the Anas Armeyaw video are not a surprise to anyone but children under the age of 6 in Tema Harbour . Even some of them may not be surprised but their very future is at stake. Ghana
Somehow the CEPS and police officials fingered by Anas for smuggling cocoa on the Ivorian border in July 2010 have not been prosecuted because reportedly on two occasions, the prosecution did not show up and the judge was obliged to discharge the suspects. These are some of the systemic problems President Mills faces in combating corruption in
. His words were direct, honest and fair. His outrage was justified and reassuring but the next step is setting up a covert government structure with prosecutorial powers to implement lasting interventions to address this plague. Ghana
The president is correct to warn all agencies of the state that he will “descend on them” but it must portend the beginning of an implementation phase in this year of action. We must begin to see a wave of firings, arrests and prosecutions because the problem is woven so deeply into the fabric of the society that corrupt officials in all agencies operate with impunity and are well known. This is not news.
The president is at the threshold of a major transformation in Ghanaian society which will be resisted by many but leadership requires courage to bring about change so we expect Prof. Mills to do better than Kwame Nkrumah who also acknowledged corruption to the nation publicly but could not proceed from the identification phase to the implementation phase of the solution.
Investors are truly turned off by this daily extortion which is not only in government agencies but across the country in a manner that has also clouded land tenure in
. Chiefs are particularly notorious for frustrating investors by coming back under all sorts of pretexts to nullify previously concluded land lease transactions so they can resell already sold lands to others or absurdly to original buyers. They are aided by some members of the legal profession in collecting what has now become institutionalized as “re-entry” fees when buyers begin their projects. The judiciary should frown on these schemes which are all over the country. These unscrupulous chiefs are robbing their communities of development opportunities and should be halted in their tracks. Ghana
While I applaud the president for his bold signal to corrupt officials, I recall his visit to the
last year, which also followed an Anas exposé. The mental health bill has still not been passed and psychiatric patients are still being cared for in 19th century conditions. A new modern Neuroscience facility needs to be built on part of the grounds of the outdated current hospital. Mental illnesses account for over 30% of total disease burden, whether we recognize this fact or not. With this in mind, it is extremely disappointing that a returning Ghanaian expert psychiatrist like Dr. X has been received the “go and come” treatment the president talked about. After a year in the country, Dr. X has returned to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital . We have 1 psychiatrist for 2.4 million citizens but this still goes on. US
Service to ordinary citizens is a duty that must guide the actions of all public servants. The president has struck the right tone by the practice of confrontation and verification of facts. It is conservatively estimated that corruption costs
Africa $300bn per year, accounting for over 25% of our GDP. This is the central issue of this era of our development as a nation. If we use technology to eliminate human interfaces leading to corruption and apply persistent enforcement, we will not need donor countries. We may be ready to lead Africa again in ridding our nation of the greatest cause of revenue loss and hence failed development.
There are those cynical and short-sighted individuals who will have partisan responses to the president’s recent actions but any problem that sucks away about 25% of GDP should transcend narrow emotional responses that do not come with proposed solutions. In
the hemorrhage amounts to an estimated $4.5bn/ year on average. The NPP had 8 years to address this problem and saw to it that appropriate legislation was passed but President Kufuor’s leadership on this issue was subpar. He simply declared zero tolerance and asked the public to bring problems to his attention. Their 8 years was a missed opportunity. Ghana
The president’s address to the CEPS officers has gone viral on YouTube. We should remember that the internet has brought down Ben Ali and will bring down Mubarak but Mills may well use it as a tool for advancing leadership with integrity and grappling with corruption in our homeland
Prof. T. P. Manus Ulzen
February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
There are custom officers who own 13 cars and 5 houses in Koforidua. Corruption at CEPS is runs deep from the head to the bottom. The head of the commission of CEPS is corrupt. The police is corrupt. The Accountant General's department is one of the most corrupt institution in the country. Do anyone knows any institution in Ghana that is not corrupt? I am struggling to find one.
I am shocked and dismayed by the response of President Mills to the recently released Anas video in which officials at the Tema harbour were caught taking bribes and sabotaging the state in its effort to mobilise funds for the nation's development. The President's response has been (as at it has always been) to give a long lecture about how officials should behave without taking concrete action.
In a normal situation the first thing the President should have done was to call for the interdiction of those officials and allow the Attorney General's department to begin prosecuting those nation wreckers, instead I heard the president saying that if those taking bribe and milking the nation did not change then they would be transferred. Yes they would be transferred to other places so could practice their corruption.
I do not know why President Mills has got so much poor decision making skills. Is the president aware of the anger of the people who have read and watched Anas report? Why do the people who are stealing from the state have to be transferred to other ministries and department elsewhere to continue their atrocious behaviours? Do the President and his ministers understand the responsibilities the people of
have placed on them? Do they understand the oath they have taken to protect and defend the motherland from the nation wreckers such as those CEPS and GHPA officials? Ghana
Is President Mills showing concern just enough to root out corruption in Ghana? What is preventing the President from taking swift action to remove all those officials from the port? Is the president and his ministers saying they do not know the rot at Tema and Takoradi harbours? Go to the ministries, the lands commission, and see how officials have turned their offices into money making ventures. What kind of a nation is Mills heading, what kind of a country is Mills building? How long will President Mills continue to dither and fail to take action to stop the rot? The entire nation is waiting for him to act. He is the only leader we know now and we want him to lead, to provide leadership and direction for the country.
Lord. A. Adusei
Friday, February 4, 2011
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