Inside April 11, 2018 .qxp_Layout 1 4/10/18 8:17 PM Page 9 12 DAILY Politics WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 The sit-tight syndrome of African leaders a major threat to democracy BY YAW ANSAH, GNA Ablekuma West NPP elders applaud MP BY KENT MENSAH •Ablekuma West NPP elders presenting the citation to the MP, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful SOME ELDERS of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ablekuma West constituency have applauded their Member of Parliament (MP), Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful for the pivotal role she played in the establishment of the new Ablekuma West Municipality. The elders in a surprise visit to the MP presented a special citation on behalf of executives of the Calvary Primary Polling station, acknowledging what they described as the MP’s ‘pivotal’ role towards the establishment of the new Assembly. Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Elder T. D. Asare, who is a member of the Ablekuma West Constituency Council of Elders, paid glowing tribute to Mrs Owusu-Ekuful. He mentioned that they had followed keenly the firm assurances the MP gave to wean Ablekuma West from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. They were confident that the new assembly would be the springboard for monumental development in the Ablekuma West Constituency. They indicated that they were aware of the serious plans the MP had put in place to get a permanent office facility for the new assembly and her efforts deserved serious commendation. Receiving the citation from the elders, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful thanked them for the gesture. She emphasised her unwavering commitment to bringing development to the Ablekuma West Constituency. She asked for the support of the elders and people of the constituency in achieving this purpose. THE SIT-TIGHT syndrome of many African leaders is one of the major threats to the growth of democracy on the continent. This has been the trend in many countries including Uganda, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Angola, Cameroun, Zimbabwe, Togo, Tunisia and Cote D’Ivore. Mr Arome Agenyi, Policy, Advocacy and Campaign Officer of Action Aid Nigeria, who was speaking at a day’s workshop for selected journalists from West Africa, noted that between the years 2001 to 2010, the continent had recorded 14 attempts by leaders to prolong tenure in the office. The two-day event sought to deepen the knowledge of participants on the African Governance Architecture inspired by the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU) that expresses the AU’s determination to ‘promote and protect human and people’s rights, consolidate democratic institutions and culture and ensure good governance and the rule of law’. Jointly organised by Action Aid and West African Civil Society Forum, the journalists were schooled on provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG), sets of regulations developed by the AU in the year 2007 as a roadmap to encourage better governance across the continent. Mr Agenyi noted that some of the leaders, who got elected through the democratic process, manipulate some vital democratic institutions including the judiciary, legislature to enable them to suppress opposition in a bid to hang on to power unduly. He said one of the surest ways to grow and maintain good governance on the continent was for Africa leaders to adhere to the provisions of AGA and ACDEG, which seeks to foster dialogue and share comparable lessons on trends, challenges, opportunities •Arome Agenyi, Policy, Advocacy and Campaign Officer of Action Aid Nigeria and prospects for improving governance and democracy among the Member States. As at March 2017, he recalled that 45 out of 54 African member states had signed up the ACDEG, of which 29 have given consent to it as a valid official document and for which it shall implement. “Being a State party to the instrument, all the countries were bound to adhere to its core principles by domesticating them in the system of governance of their country. “By domestication, it means national laws should be formulated, if not available, and certain action should be taken by the government to promote them in the country,” he said. Mr Arome hinted that out of the countries that had signed up to the AGA only Togo had domesticated and submitted the status of implementation report. Participants at the forum called on leaders to ensure that the continent was peaceful to facilitate growth, create employment opportunities for the youth, to deter them from seeking greener pastures in the west. They said a continent that has good governance would also be reliant and maintain its highly skilled labour that was also migrating to Europe and America due to bad governance, conflict, despair and deteriorating public institutions. Govt made no mistake in Ghana-US Military deal - Irbard BY GODWILL ARTHUR-MENSAH, GNA MR IRBARD Ibrahim, an International Public Relations Expert, has said the government had made a perfect foreign policy decision in the Ghana- United States (US) Military Agreement co-operation and would consolidate the bilateral ties between the two nations. He said the US had been a strategic partner to Ghana on so many areas; therefore, the President could not turn down the offer, which would enhance security in the country and the sub-region at large. He said the brouhaha that had characterised the deal was similar to the debate that surrounded the Guantanamo Bay detainees, noting that, in those two instances, the Government of Ghana made perfect foreign policy decisions. Mr Irbard, who is the Executive Director of the IRBARD Security Consult told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on Monday in relation to the President’s address on the pact. He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo used the address to explain knotty issues concerning the Agreement and should, therefore, bring finality to the rancor generated by the agreement. “There is no need to be partisan or emotional about this because just like the GITMO Two, it is difficult for a sitting President of a third world nation like Ghana to say no to the United States in a unipolar world order just like what we have in our contemporary times,” he pointed out. “For instance, the Gitmo Two was seen as an avenue to open us to militant attacks, and I said no at that time because there was no iota of veracity in that claim, and two years down the •Irbard Ibrahim, security analyst line the two Gitmo detainees did not even kill a fly,” he observed. Regarding the issue of US military personnel having unlimited access to Ghana’s Military installations, Mr Ibrahim noted that, the US already had access to the nation’s security installations even without the security co-operation because we imported most of the weaponry from the US. “We don’t have warships of our own and since we did not manufacture them here, including the armoured vehicles, missiles, bombs, and so on… there is nothing hiding from them,” Mr Ibrahim stated. With regards to the President being harsh on his critics, Mr Ibrahim suggested to the President to be tolerant to divergent views in order to consolidate the country’s fledgling democracy. Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Kotin, the Executive Director of the Institute of Security and Counter Terrorism, told the GNA that, the Ghana-US military deal would not inure to the benefit of the country. He said the agreement was signed on weak legal framework and would risk the security of the nation in the short, medium and long term and, thus, called for a review of the deal. Mr Kotin said the US did not have permanent friends, but had permanent interest, noting that, if the deal goes wrong in the future, the entire nation would suffer the dire consequences. He criticised the President for tagging those who opposed the military deal as anti-Americans, saying, “The President used his address to pitch a section of Ghanaians against the US, and this is not good for our democracy.” Mr Kotin said he had filed a suit at the Supreme Court to seek interpretation of Article 75 of the 1992 Constitution and noted that, the outcome of the case would help in clarifying certain provisions in the agreement.
13 WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 BY ABIGAIL ASARE Bryain drops ‘Deep Down’EP BY ERICA ARTHUR BUDDING AFRO pop artiste Godwill Very-Bryain Peters, known mainly by his stage name Bryain, has dropped his much-anticipating External Play (EP) titled ‘Deep Down’. According to the artiste, who is signed on to Blackline Entertainment owned by Kelvin Asure, he is managed by the producer of all his nine singles on his new EP, ScratchTheSavage. Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, Bryain said he chose ‘Deep Down’ as his title because his songs were made from deep down his spirit. The songs on his EP are ‘Dear Mama’, ‘Magnitude 1’, ‘All I Need’, ‘Survive’, ‘Give Way’, ‘Forever Grateful’, ‘Bad Vibes’, ‘Can't Touch’ and ‘IV’. Bryain also said the competition in the music industry is a healthy one, hence it makes artists work harder. He says he is inspired by Nas Cassper Nyovest, MI, Brenda Russel, J.Cole, Sarkodie, EL and others who make beautiful and inspiring music. He advised his admirers to expect more and not settle for less. EL out with ‘Overdose’ video THE 2016 Ghana Music Awards ‘Artiste of the Year’, Elorm Adablah, popularly known as E.L, says he is taking the 2018 music year at a full trottle. ‘Overdose’ talks about showering immeasurable love to the woman of his dreams and the video was not spared when it comes to the best of quality. Shot in the famous East London studios, with direction from Wowa of Tunisian origin and shot by Trebla, everything came with good taste. E.L goes all loving with the female actress who plays the role of his girlfriend. In the dining scene of the video was a famous 1917 diner and the VO Nation splashed huge cash to get it as it had been used in only two videos on this planet. Every scene of this video has the best of perfect pictures and the E.L brand makes known his value with whatever he does. •E.L •Shatta wale Shatta Wale can’t stand me when it’s freestyle — Samini GHANAIAN DANCEHALL artiste, Samini, says fellow musician Shatta Wale knows he is not a match for him in the field of music freestyle. Samini told Andy Dosty on ‘Daybreak Hitz’ on Hitz FM that Wale knows that “he can’t stand me when it’s free-style.” “He knows he can’t stand me when it’s freestyle. He knows. I know he is a freestyle artiste too… I can’t disrespect the fact that Bandana can do that, but then with that in mind, he knows I’m bad when it comes to that,” stated the ‘My Own’ artiste. “That one it needs big money, big investment behind it so we showcase that thing. Once and for all to Ghana and the rest of the world so they know that it’s just talk wey e dey talk.”