19 May 2016

Living The Lie: Justice For Sale

There was a time in the history of this nation of ours that judges and lawyers were the most revered in society. When politics was risky because of dictatorship, the only noble arm of government was the judiciary. Fasttrack to the twenty-first century and the tables have turned upside down.
Justice delivery
The judges who are supposed to be fair are not.
The lawyers who are supposed to do a good job are compromised.

The lie we continue to tell ourselves is that justice is done when an individual goes to court. This lie has been told over and again even by prominent members of society. You can hear messages like "Go to court if you're not satisfied" and "We will settle it in court!"


But, do cases get settled in court? Is justice always done in the courtroom? Even before Anas Aremeyaw Anas' Ghana In The Eyes Of God, the perception has always been that there is corruption in our judicial system.
Evidence was always a problem because people wouldn't be able to substantiate anything should they come forward as witnesses of a judicial bribery scandal. They even they may be victimized for offering a bribe in the first place to someone who must be seen to be impartial. The investigative piece by Anas only sang the last line of the chorus most people were singing, 'And here the evidence lies'.

How many times haven't we seen petty thieves being given severe punishments and sentences while notorious thieves are made to walk free based on technical gymnastics with the law?

So many people have used state resources for private gain. Some of these people have been taken to court and set free with technical interpretations of the law. It was later revealed that they benefitted from the loot.

And how can such a judge sitting on a case which, if allowed to continue, will end up implicating him? How can such a judge be impartial or fair? It is not possible.

Lawyers who have found themselves working for this nation are not properly incentivized to do a clean job. They can easily be influenced by the people they want to prosecute if such people have 'big pockets'. Some of these lawyers will connive with the law breakers behind closed doors and they will get away with their crimes.


Then, how do we place confidence in the law courts when these dastardly acts are common knowledge in our society?

The unending cases of mob action, whereby people will beat up criminal suspects to the point of death, is as a result of a lost of confidence in the judicial system. Such people believe passing hardcore criminals through the legal system will only earn them their freedom to now target the people who sent them there well, in case they want to embark on another operation in that vicinity. Sometimes, with clear evidence that a layman can use to find them guilty of the crime, the courts still declare them as suspects until they are freed. At other times, even video evidence is discounted.

What do you make of this issue? Share your thoughts here.

16 May 2016

Corruption: The Other Force Pulling Ghana Backwards

Everybody talks about corruption these days but none actually has the willpower to fight it. We lay the blame at the doorsteps of our so-called leaders who lack the conviction to fight this canker. Unfortunately, we are the cause of the problem! We treat this huge menace as a child's play and even stampede those who genuinely want to help fight it.
Corruption can end if competence takes the place of nepotism, tribalism, and despotism.
What at all is wrong with us? We continue to cry for jobs and better conditions of service and yet forget that corruption has locked up the jobs we seek as our country's resources are constantly being diverted into wrong pockets and hands. Wake up, Ghana, wake up from your deep sleep!


My observation has been that, anytime this issue is discussed, we focus mainly on political leaders and forget about the rest of the population who actually constitute a majority of corrupt citizens.

Many of you will agree with me that when you graduate from tertiary school it is another hell of a task to get a job. It is becoming a norm that when you graduate, you have to bribe someone in a higher place just to lobby for you to get a job. Ladies are mostly those who bear the brunt of these selfish, greedy, and myopic minded bosses. Married men request for sex from ladies who apply for job opportunities before their application can be considered. The desperate ones often give in to their requests without any hope of getting the job. The wise ones go home frustrated.

How many times haven't men bought animals for people they want to help them get jobs. Even with all the necessary qualifications to get the job, they believe offering these items will increase their chances of being considered for the particular job they applied for.

All these and more contribute to the high rate of corruption in our nation.

What do you think about corruption in Ghana?

15 May 2016

Ghana's Third Political Force

Many Ghanaians are beginning to get fed up with what is currently turning into a two-party state. Some are calling for a third political force which will help restore confidence, hope, patriotism, and sacrifice in the nation.
Political parties in Ghana
The Progressive People's Party overtook the other political parties to
come third after NDC and NPP in the 2012 general elections.

Current Practice

The two major political parties in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have all tasted power in the fourth republic, the latter more than the former. Hence, this nation has already tasted what each one can offer.


The current practice whereby a party in opposition documents the failures of the current regime and then present same to the electorate as reasons why the current regime has to be changed is worrying. Both parties actually engage in this practice whenever they find themselves out of power. Some are just allegations and outright lies!

The current regime also goes back into history and talks about the failures of the past regime and tries to assign reasons why they were voted out of power. They magnify the little successes they chalked and even advertise same.

There is always a banter in the media, both print and electronic. And the media has also become fixated on those two to the detriment of the smaller parties which sometimes have great ideas.

It is on the back of all these and more that many concerned Ghanaians are calling for a change to the status quo. A third political force is what many are calling for. They believe a third force will bring sanity to the political discourse and spark creative thinking around the problems we face as a nation. A third political force will stop the "merry-go-round" blame game.


Most Ghanaians consider voting for a smaller party they think might not win the ultimate as a throwing away of one's vote. I disagree with that way of thinking. Can you imagine what will happen if all those who think that way actually decide to vote for this party? The result will be a shocker! Small drops of rain can cause huge floods.

The Third Force

In the year 2012, the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) was formed after its leader, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, fell out with the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) which he was a member of and even became the candidate of the party in the 2008 general elections. In the 2012 elections, the PPP lived up to its billing of becoming the third political force in Ghanaian politics when it came third after the final results were announced.

So far, I think the PPP has lived up to its billing of becoming the third force in Ghanaian politics. The party always makes its stand known in big matters of national concern, either through its leader, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, or its executives. They actually carry themselves about as a party interested in winning elections, unlike the other smaller parties which appear to have lost their cause. Some of these smaller parties have no intentions of annexing power in the foreseeable future. They will, therefore, defend either the NDC or NPP, albeit in opposition. I sometimes refer to them as hypocrites.

The PPP has leaders of integrity who are incorruptible. They are therefore not afraid to make their stance known on any issue, no matter whose ox is gored.

What do you think? Should the PPP be given the nod to lead this nation in 2017?

13 May 2016

Types Of Clients Who Attend Healthcare Facilities In Ghana

Nursing in most parts of Africa can be compared to one hell of work. Nurses are faced with everyday difficulties that make it impossible to offer the best form of care to clients; from the shortage or lack of logistics, motivation, appreciation from clients and bosses, to the huge workload on nurses.


National Nurses Week
Nurses are the backbone of healthcare in Ghana and the world over.
Ask the doctors and they will tell you the obvious.

While the celebration of the nurse's week comes to an end, I have decided to catalog the different types of clients I encounter at the hospital on a daily basis.

Clients come to hospitals for various reasons, according to a research I conducted in the facility I work. Some of them come to the hospital to seek medical care for their medical problems. Others also come to the hospital for excuse duties to cover up for the number of days they illegally absented themselves from work.

Some also come to the hospital just because they feel bored at home. And these are the troublemakers! They will come and begin creating confusion so they can be seen. We call them the attention seekers. They will accuse health staff of discriminating in the delivery of healthcare because they haven't been attended to early. They will even invite others around to cast the nurse in a bad light. No matter how many explanations you give, they will refuse them all. They will raise their voices and tell you that they are also sick.

What I sometimes ask myself when faced with these circumstances is, can people who are really sick shout at the top of their voices? Do they have that amount of energy to shout at people who are working to help them find solutions to their health needs?


The other group of people who come to the hospital is the beggars. After attending to them with complaints that change every minute, they begin to beg you for money in the consulting room, with a preconceived notion that nurses are rich!

After sorting out all the groups of clients above then comes the seriously sick clients who need immediate and timely care to restore life and prevent complications. They come in an advanced stage of the disease. In Ghana, some people don't attend hospital immediately if they are sick. They first have to try other unorthodox means before considering the hospital as a last resort. There are many herbal medicine producers because of this attitude, some of whom just use anything to deceive people.

Can you add any group of clients you think also attend health facilities in Ghana?

11 May 2016

9 Facts About Africa You Didn't Know

Africa is one of the most blessed on the continent and yet one of the poorest (if not the poorest). Mismanagement and lack of good, courageous leadership have left Africa still in the trenches of poverty and deprivation.

Here are 9 facts about the continent that may come as a surprise to you:

Africa is often referred to as the richest but still poorest continent in the world.

1. Over 25% of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa

There are thought to be around 2,000 languages in use on the continent. All are considered official languages of the African Union. Nigeria alone has over 500 living languages.


2. Africa is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone

It is the world’s hottest continent and the second driest after Australia. Despite being nearly four times the size of Europe, its straighter shores mean it has a shorter overall coastline.

3. The African population is much younger than the rest of the world

Over 50% of Africans are under the age of 20, compared to a global median age of 30. Africa has the world's highest child-dependency ratio - with 73 children under the age of 15 for every 100 people of working age. That's nearly double the global average.

The 10 youngest populations are all in Africa.


4. Africa’s population will more than double to 2.3 billion people by 2050

Nigeria's population alone is expected to rise from 174 million to 440 million people. 40% of the global population will be African by the year 2100, up from 9% back in 1950.

5. More than half of the world’s mobile money accounts are in Africa

12% of African adults have access to one, compared to just 2% worldwide. In Kenya, the figure stands at 58%. Across the continent, only a third of adults have access to a traditional bank account.

6. Ethiopia was the world’s fastest growing economy in 2015

The IMF says the country’s real GDP grew by 10.2%. But growth for the sub-Saharan region as a whole fell to 3.5%, the lowest level in 15 years, and is predicted to fall as low as 3% this year.

7. Almost 40% of adults in Africa are illiterate

Two-thirds of them are women. Progress in improving literacy on the continent has been slow - in 1990 the proportion of adults who couldn't read and write stood at 48%, according to UNESCO statistics.


8. Nollywood is Nigeria’s second biggest employer after agriculture

The country's film industry employs over one million people and produces around 50 movies each week. Only Bollywood makes more. In 2014 the Nigerian government released data showing Nollywood was a $3.3 billion industry.

9. Africa has around 30% of the earth’s remaining mineral resources

This includes over 40% of gold reserves and 90% of platinum reserves. Nigeria is the world's fifth largest exporter of oil, ahead of Iraq and Kuwait, according to the CIA World Factbook.

After knowing all these, can you confidently tell me why Africa is still poor? Can you tell me why we should still struggle to get basic needs such as water, food, and shelter? Who is the cause of all these? Let's get interactive.

10 May 2016

Ghanaian Club Replace 'Missing' Coach

Ghanaian club Medeama has replaced its coach Tom Strand after he went missing following a Confederation Cup match at the weekend.

Medeama said Swedish coach Strand "checked out of his hotel room without our consent" after the 3-1 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
Tom Strand, the 'missing' Medeama SC coach.


A resignation note was found in his room and the club contacted South African Police to try to locate Strand.

On Tuesday, Medeama appointed Augustine Evans Adotey as interim coach.

Adotey, who doubles as Ghana's Under-17 female team coach, will be in charge of the Confederation Cup return leg against Mamelodi Sundowns on 18 May.

Reports on Tuesday suggest Strand has returned to his native Sweden.

In a statement on Monday, Medeama expressed their concern, saying: "The Ghana High Commission in South Africa has also been duly notified of the current situation.

"The club is in constant touch and cooperating fully with authorities to unravel the mystery surrounding Strand's whereabouts.

"We would like to assure to our teeming fans and Ghanaians to remain calm in these trying times."

The 35-year-old joined Medeama in December 2014 and led them to an 11th-place finish in the league last season.

From BBC