Politics in Ghana has taken a different level with most young folks interested in keenly partaking in the activity aimed at improving their status or increasing power within an organization. Ghanaian politicians these days promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. Some notable politicians simply seem to be oblivious of what is happening in the world and how best one can pragmatically find a solution to the problem of the world, but these politicians are seen to be spewing out huge promises and policies with no proper tracking to that effect.
We delve into four of such politicians in Ghana.
Akua Donkor was born on February 1952 in the Afigya Kwabre district in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. She is the founder and leader of the Ghana Freedom Party (GFP). The cocoa farmer who is known not to have any formal education was elected as the assembly member of Herman in the Ashanti Region.
She became a household name after she attempted to contest in the 2012 elections as an independent candidate but unfortunately barred by the electoral commission. The politician is known for giving out massive promises; an example is promising free electricity to all Ghanaians when voted into power. Her decision she claims was borne out of her edge to change the weak system in Ghana and make things better.
The recent one has to deal with promising one journalist, one car and the decision to change the cedi to pounds when she becomes Ghana’s president. Maybe Ghanaians have to give a try one day to see what she has to offer.
Kwame Baffoe Abronye, popularly known as Abronya DC is the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The politician is known to be launching attacks against his opponents especially the former president of Ghana, John Mahama. Some of his allegations are mere rumour and speculations which do not stand the test of time. He is known to distort the activities of the erstwhile John Mahama-led National Democratic Congress government.
His recent attack on the former president was accusing him of hiring hitmen to kill some top members of his party and killing President John Evans Atta Mills. These are all not backed by evidence.
In the build-up to the 2019 District Assembly and Unit Committee elections held across Ghana saw the man Nana Adabor Ibrahim Issah Ampim who resides in Adukrom Nima in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is fondly referred to as Honorable Aponkye by most Ghanaians, a name he carved for himself prior to the election.
He is a barber by profession. He lost the election to Abdul Rahid by a huge margin regardless of the huge media publicity he had. The self-acclaimed politician was known to have weird campaign promises which are unrealistic. He intends to give breakfast to his residents should he be voted into power. The latest comment from him was purchasing a super speed V8 for 25 cedis.
PIUS ENAM HADZIDE
Born on June 14, 1979 is Pius Enam Hadzide who is the current deputy minister for information. Pius is a gentleman who has risen through the ranks in politics but always confronts enormous challenges on his line of duties. The former deputy youth and sports minister was blamed for the impropriety in the visa scandal that rocked the commonwealth games in Gold Coast Australia, 2018.
The scandal came about as a result of an incidence which happened at the Brisbane airport where a group of Ghanaians posed as journalists for the commonwealth games were intercepted. Pius was also silenced by National Democratic Congress communicator, Sammy Gyamfi last year when he joined him on GHOne TV’s State of Affairs for discussions on the subject of corruption. Sammy Gyamfi felt the then former sports minister had no moral rights to talk about the issue particularly because he had been cited as having indulged in some shady activities himself in the past.
Just recently he was overwhelmed by former Deputy Communication Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu when the two cross swords on Accra-based Joy FM’s current affairs programme Newsfile last weekend to debate the National Democratic Congress’ Green Book. The question is how knowledgeable is a politician and an information minister who cannot prove and provide evidence to back a statement made by his president.