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The Rawlings Factor


HEY ROWLING IS THE MAN O
Author: joseph ayala
Date: 06-07 20:35 

THE MAN IS NOT SCARED OF ANYONE OR FEAR ANY MAN AND EVEN DONT FEAR GOD
So you think?????????????????
Author: Azongo
Date: 06-06 20:01 

If you think it was the "Butcher from Jelukope" that made people leave the country that think again. A recent study showed that 65% of Ghanaians today will like to leave the country if they are offered the opportunity. To say the "Butcher" pushed Ghanaians out to go and learn from other countries and come back as better people is an insult to the industrious and adventurous Ghanaians nature. Where will Ghana be today if all those skilled, interligent and hard working people had stayed home and put their skills to the betterment of the motherland? You are one of those who believe that nothing good can came out of the ghanaian until he/she travelled abroad.
Re: The Rawlings Factor
Author: PERSPECTIVE
Date: 06-06 14:28 

I am sure you did not lived through the seventies, that is why you are praising the eighties. I lived through both and I prefer the 70's better.The beginnings of the seventies, the dollar was below the cedis in real sense, not the virtual pairings that has been created by Bawumia. Before the end of the 70's they were almost equal in purchasing power(value) I remember at it inflationally worse, it was 1dollar=2.75cedis. JJ ballooned the inflation to un-pocketable. In the 70's it was easy to get a tip from a friend. In the 80's it was difficult to get three square mills for a day.

The glories Ghanaians are enjoying curre
What?!?!
Author: Nsiah
Date: 06-06 12:48 

What was the point of the article? That Rawlings was a blessing in disguise? Pleaaaassssss!!! The end does not justify the means in this example. If you had lost your parent(s), business, dream, everything that you had worked for, until that bastard came on the political scene, you won't write that his appearance somehow gave you the opportunity to have sex with white women. The article is digusting, or perhaps I have a problem...
Hmmm, Ghana - eyeasem oo!
Author: Kofi Thompson
Date: 06-06 12:06 

I had an irate phone call yesterday, from a gentleman who had just read an article I had written on Friday 5th June, 2009, about the minister for youth and sports, entitled: “The Alhaji Munkata Saga: A Litmus Test President Mills Must Pass!” He was disappointed in what he thought was an unhelpful article – from the standpoint of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime. “I thought you were for us, Kofi,” was his petulant complaint to me. Perish the thought. I am not for any political party – I am an Nkrumaist and a nationalist who wants to see the creation of an African equivalent of the egalitarian societies of Scandinavia in our country. Being an Nkrumaist is a mindset – one that engenders self-belief in an African and one that gives one a vision of a modern, efficiently-ran, prosperous, and fair society in Ghana (and the rest of Africa too, if I may add).

It is important for those in the NDC, as well as politicians from all the other political parties in Ghana, who think that journalists should side with their party as a matter of policy, to disabuse their minds of that idea quickly. The job of patriotic and nationalistic journalists, who see their profession as a noble one, and regard it as a vocation, rather than a means to the acquisition of wealth (through the sale of one’s conscience to the highest bidder), is to protect Ghana’s national interest – which at any given point in time, is the maintenance of a free and open society, in which those who lead the Ghanaian nation-state pursue policies that are always in the best interest of society: and ensure the well-being of the ordinary people of our country, in whom sovereignty ultimately lies. Period.

The discerning Ghanaians, the so-called “floating voters” whose crucial votes contributed to the election of the NDC to power in December 2008, did so because they were fed up with the incompetence and greed of the few powerful individuals, who had such an iron-grip on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) regime, that they were able to pursue self-serving policies that benefited them and their favourites personally – but which were inimical to the long-term interests of our country. Symbolic of the greed and self-seeking nature of some of the most powerful politicians in that era, was the railroading through parliament, of a sale and purchase agreement for VALCO to a non-existent entity, known grandly as International Aluminum Partners.

The crooks in the previous regime who dreamt up that fraud, thought they could inveigle two ethically-ran international metals conglomerates, Norske Hydro and VALE, whose businesses are clearly underpinned by corporate good governance principles, to go along with their clever little scheme to add another valuable national asset, to their well-diversified personal investment portfolios, in yet another self-serving privatization deal. However, both multinationals vehemently denied ever agreeing to purchase VALCO. Clearly, the indecent haste to get parliament to sanction that fraudulent sale and purchase agreement, was simply to present Norske Hydro and VALE with a “done-deal” (to use local parlance) – a fait accompli that would put any fears they had aside: and encourage them to agree to buy VALCO more or less on their own terms: and help the politicians behind the deal to send their personal net worth a tad higher up the stratosphere.

It was the same modus operandi that made the powerful crooks in the previous regime, throw in the national fibre optic backbone-infrastructure, as a “sweetener” for Vodafone, in that shabby Ghana Telecom privatization – an egregious example of a self-serving privatization deal for the politicians who drove it, and who had the audacity to go as far as getting parliament to pass a law indemnifying all the deal-makers on both sides, from any future prosecution for issues arising from that particular privatization. Yet, it was clearly against the constitutional edict that enjoins all Ghanaians to fight corruption – and consequently an illegality that has no basis in law and cannot be de jure under any circumstances.

To patriotic Ghanaian journalists, politicians who were so shortsighted that in the 21st century ICT age, could even think of selling a vital ICT platform such as Ghana Telecom, for short-term financial gain, simply did not deserve to be returned to power. No one who is visionary today, can fail to grasp the fact that this is an age, when it is feasible for far-sighted national governments to envision a time in the not too distant future, when nations will consider it cost-effective to put free computers (GPRS mobile phone handsets!) into the hands of all their adult citizens, as mobile “citizen-data-banks” and “e-governance modems” that will make it possible not only for the nation-state to locate each citizen at any given moment (a boon for the personal security of citizens; for crime-fighting; and for the tax-collection agencies!), but also enable various agencies of state to have all manner of positive interactions with the citizenry, for their mutual benefit.

Selling Ghana Telecom simply to provide funds to help tide their regime over temporarily for a short period was foolish in the extreme – and as far as I was concerned, politicians who so clearly lacked vision to that extent, did not deserve to lead out country.

It was on that basis that the Kofi Thompsons of Ghanaian journalism was critical of the previous regime and rooted for Professor Mills, during the campaign for the December 20008 presidential and parliamentary elections. Consequently, let no one in the NDC think that I am on their side – for, I am an independent-minded fellow who is on the side of truth, my country, and its entire people: and for whatever brings about a prosperous, free, and egalitarian society, in our homeland Ghana. My conscience is not for sale at any price to anyone – and I will criticize the Mills administration if its in the national interest to do so whenever the need to do arises: just as I did the Kufuor administration before it.

I detest former president Kufour with a passion, for example, not for personal reasons, but for the era of “dog-eat-dog” selfishness; unfathomable greed; and blatant tribalism; which he ushered in during his tenure. It is with the same passion that I equally detest the miasma that former President Rawlings’ hold on many Ghanaians represents. The simple and painful truth, for many Nkrumaists, is that it is only the “colonial-mentality” of many of Rawlings’ followers, which makes them literally worship a man, whom they would never dream of hero-worshiping (some for twenty odd years), if he had been a black man, rather than a half-caste, who incredibly thinks democracy isn’t suitable for Africans.

How can anyone with African blood in him or her, and who respects Africans, not understand that the yearning for freedom, beats no less strongly in the hearts of Africans, than it does in the hearts of people of other races, I ask? Democracy may be an unsatisfactory system of government, but it is the best system of government known to humankind, for those who understand that it is only free and open societies, in which there is competition of ideas, that the best ideas come to the fore to move such societies forward. That is why the most innovative societies in the world happen to be the Western democracies – which happen to be the freest societies on the planet Earth. Men are not angels – and a system of government that has checks and balances designed to prevent dictatorship and in which regular elections are held, to choose who leads the nation, should not be said to be unsuitable for Africans in the 21st century ICT age. Period.

(Incidentally, it is the selfsame “slave-mentality” that enables Rawlings to mesmerize the myrmidon-type of Ghanaian today, which enabled Europeans to occupy our country and colonize it in the past – and sadly continues to make many Ghanaians tolerate the divisive and superstition-ridden institution of Chieftaincy: that bastion of backwardness, which masquerades as the custodian of our culture, but holds our country back so much because it is based on inherited privilege, which is the greatest enemy of a meritocracy. It is the self-seeking and opaque nature of that institution that made Chiefs and their lackeys to collaborate so willingly with the Europeans who colonized our country. But I digress.)

The NDC must work towards bringing about the better Ghana they promised Ghanaians – and do so as quickly as they possibly can: and stop complaining to journalists who speak their minds openly. The Kofi Thompsons of Ghanaian journalism will continue to maintain their independence and continue to act as society’s watchdogs – not regime guard-dogs: so let politicians across the spectrum beware of us. As it happens, I am a nobody who comes from a simple, humble and honest family, which though cash-poor is asset-rich (and I say this humbly, not boastfully – simply to drive home the point that money does not mean anything to me). I am a writer who wants to be on the right side of history – not a man driven by greed who wants to be rich at all costs: and thinks the end justifies the means and is therefore willing to pocket zillions secretly from politicians to stay “on-side” with them. So let those politicians who think that every Ghanaian has price and can be bought, beware. Kofi Thompson’s conscience is not for sale at any price. Period. A word to the wise…

Google: "ghanapolitics".
Re: The Rawlings Factor
Author: Benjamin Akoto
Date: 06-06 11:19 

When I say JJ put Ghana on the world map today, people just dont understand me. When you find yourself in serious situation, my brother that is the time you have to do high thinking. The eighties in Ghana were real difficult years for Ghanaians but we overcome those years. Today, busness men and women are coming to Ghana. I really remember what I went through in Nigeria and this make me not to like a Nigerian till I die. The treatment we went through in that country was so unbearable but thank God we came back to our motherland safely. And to those who lost their lives in Nigeria, I say today may their souls res in perfect peace. We shall overcome.
ACCENT IS NOT DEVELOPMENT
Author: Akadu Mensema
Date: 06-06 10:04 

I should stop coming here! Fools come here really! Changing your accent, my God is not development!

"our accent have changed even our attitude have undergone transformation..."
MP Is A Misinformed Person !
Author: Jato Julor(J.J.)Rawlings
Date: 06-06 09:47 

MP is a misinformed,misled and mischievous person .

Isn't it risible to read what his spent his precious time doing which only turned out to be a comedy not deserving a round of applause ?
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"But now let's ask ourselves, where would we have been, if Rawlings hadn't whooped our behinds and set us all off for schooling, so that we all could return one day as both sophisticated and worldly rich men and women with experience about life itself?"
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Hahahahahahaahahahahahahaahahahahahaahaa !

Was the Butcher of Dzelukope,His butchery majesty, Julor Jato Rawlings who introduced education to Maaame Ghana ?

Or was it the butcher of Dzelukope,His Butchery Majesty Julor Jato Rawlings who paid for the flight tickets of diaspora Ghanaians ?

Or need we tell MP that Ghanaians started travelling abroad long before Ghana attained independence with even the country's first dictator having once been a diaspora Ghanaian ?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaa ?

Or did MP mean those of them who obtained scholarship through dubious means under the p/NDC and as a result of their being so-called cadres of the revolution ?

He may be right if he meant the last option because Julor Jato Rawlings himself would have been heavily indebted with the many 'yo ke gari' sellers in West Africa who were selling him the 'yo ke gari' on credit, if he hadn't staged the armed robbery that allowed him to steal 5 state-owned bungalows for free and enabled him to educate all his children in expensive overseas universities.

Not forgetting his taste for luxuries and everything bullet-proof which has resulted in his riding 8 bullet-proof cars and wearing bullet-proof shirts,bullet-proof twakotos,bullet-proof socks,bullet-proof shoes,bullet-proof piotos,bullet-proof agbadas and bullet-proof trousers.
BEHOLD I DO A NEW THING
Author: Emperor
Date: 06-06 09:26 

Why are u so much focused on the past? Should JJ rule Ghana again? Are we still in the 80s?

My friend rem that things have changed. You need to look forward and embrace change. Nkruma's time came and its long gone never to come back!

JJ's time is long gone never to come back. The 80s and our experiences are gone never to come back. WE Need to accept that we need a new approach and new way of doing things in the 21st century.

I bet u should JJ come back to power right now he will fail miserably because we are in a new season.

Thank God for the days of Europe and Australia and America but now it's the days of intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship (where everybody must do sth for himslef, family and his/her community) so that together we can bring change.

Our retrospective thinking should only be for developmental purposes not hailing a single ideology as if it will work all the time.

We all need to change our attitude to change for a better Ghana.

Thank you
HARDSHIP CREATED BY THE GEN...
Author: TROUBLE-MAKER
Date: 06-06 09:14 

The suffering and difficulties we were subjected to was the work of the corrupt Generals and their cohorts.
Thank you MP for bringing back the memories,even though painful but for younger generation who some were too young to know anything can have an idea what we went through.

Those who have been heaping scorns on Rawlings were actually saved by him.It was their time provisions such Baby food, milk,sugar,soap and other essential things were in short supply.
Despite all the difficulties the nation was going through,Rawlings stayed on and making sure Ghana becomes a better place,whilst some of the current and past MP`s were making it abroad.
Those goons are his detractors today and forgetting how the country was before they left,and only to returned from their Taxi driving jobs abroad to loot from us again.
Those who lived through the 80`s shall never forget what life was like then.Thanks MP for this insightful piece.

LONG LIVE RAWLINGS.
THE DEVIL RULE GAHANA THEN
Author: sam ananyaho
Date: 06-06 08:13 

AND LIFE WAS GOOD PEOPLE ARE MISSING J.J RAWLINGS NOW,THAT THINGS ARE BAD. ALL OF A SUDDEN
EVERYONE FORGOT HIS KILLING SPREE
OF THE PAST AND ONLY REMMBER OR WANT TO REMMBER THE GOOD THINGS
Have we stopped traveling?
Author: Omanba Pa, London
Date: 06-06 06:41 

This is nasty article. How many Ghanaians wish to travel to abroad to spend their life time there?

So, what is the difference between 80's and 21st century?
We wasted our time and resources for nothing.

If JJ knows that Ghana is good why did he send his children to Uk to educate them?

Blind Ghanaians tell me the answer. When shall you people grow? Upon all that you guys have seen you are not ready yet to change your attitudes. what is your problem my fellow Ghanaians?

God will never ever give manner anymore. Ok? Ghanaians.
Pity Mp
Author: F
Date: 06-06 06:37 

So you think JJ made you act? Oh Lord have mercy. This is why you continue to be in your thick skin. Come out and see the light. Maybe you still lack the whole idea of the JJ factor. What was the effect back home compared to what you've talked about? Just compare the standard of education at that time to what we have now(JSS). I pity you brother.
Re: The Rawlings Factor
Author: roberto
Date: 06-06 05:09 

People have forgetting that without RAWLINGS, Ghana will have been the last amongst countries along the coast of West Africa.Think back from independence till the 70s where the country was in the hand of black ghanaians.Apart from Nkruma, the rest were not patriotic enough.All they did was to cheat and wreck the nation of its resources with impunity at the full glare of citizens who turn blind eyes to thsese evil ones. Security was nothing to write home about. Children future were destroyed as they leaders ignored them. With the arrival of Rawlings, the people thought to a large extent that there was a leader who was ready to look after them. Things have changed dramatically and generations from that time have been looked after thereby reaping the positive result we are witnessing today. He is still there making the country is being rule well. Shoulds he die today, i know Greedy Ashantis will be happy because they will again start looting the country just as their fathers did to retrogress the nation and for which reason why they will continue to hate JJ because he came to block their theiffery tendencies.
JJ is a hero for ghana
Author: soul
Date: 06-06 03:51 

the headline is intended to attract those vith opposing view i like your speech. is a good dimention for fair analysis for rawlings factor. because he stoped people getting the free manner like tom brown, wheet, milk powder, oil etc. to me, there were some good sides and bad sides. people foget to take into account, what would have happen in ghana, had he not seize power, kept us on until today so called stable government where more countries are now seeking mentoring from us. may be God should one day show us what ghana would have been like. like him hate him, thats jj
BASTARD!
Author: DZOMEKU
Date: 06-06 03:34 

IF YOU ASK ANY SENSIBLE GHANAIAN WHAT LEGACY DID RAWLINGS LEFT GHANAIANS,HE WILL TELL YOU NONE! HE HAS ONLY CREATED A NATION OF RACIAL HATRED A NATION OF KILL AND GO FREE FREE IF YOU ARE MY FOLLOWER,A NATION THAT STEALS IN THE NAME OF REVUOLUTION,A LEADER WHO THINKS ACCOUNTABILITY IS NOT IN THE INTEREST OF THE MASSES! THIS IDIOT IS SCREWING YOUR MINDS WITH HIS USUAL BARKING MAD ANTICS SPEECHES,TO WE THE SENSIBLE ONES,WE SEE HIM AS A NATION WRECKER,ASK YOUR SELVE,WHAT KNOWLEDGE HAS HE GOT IN POLITICS? A FLT. LT? YOU MUST BE REALLY 'THICK'IF YOU THINK AND BELIEVE THIS DELUDED ARROGANT BASTARD IS YOUR HERO!
Murders and peace lovers
Author: Marfah, UK
Date: 06-06 03:22 

Ghana is divided between supporters of murders and peace lovers.The 4 june celebration shows perfectly who are murders and peace lovers in ghana.
THE DAY THE DEVIL CAME
Author: ANANSE NE NTEKUMA
Date: 06-06 02:18 

People rush to see the son of the devil anytime he goes out,but he thinks that, its a moral.he is the jona in the ship to ninewe,rawlings need to be kill live before the tribal , jeolous and political waves in this nice country will stop,after all he is not a ghanain,devil from togo who has brought confusion to our land.
THE DAY THE DEVIL CAME
Author: ANANSE NE NTEKUMA
Date: 06-06 02:18 

People rush to see the son of the devil anytime he goes out,but he thinks that, its a moral.he is the jona in the ship to ninewe,rawlings need to be kill live before the tribal , jeolous and political waves in this nice country will stop,after all he is not a ghanain,devil from togo who has brought confusion to our land.
Re: The Rawlings Factor
Author: kobina
Date: 06-06 02:03 

The perception being created that 'running' away to europe is to better one's self has been most unfortunate.For me,there has been nothing good attached to Ghanaian european hustlers who were misfits in Ghana and therefore had to 'run away'to europe to seek greener pastures.These misfits return to Ghana with degrees upon degrees yet when they are given the chance to perform they FAIL.Why? Because in abroad most academic qualifictions are easy to buy.
Again,these misfits come back to Ghana with so-called money,posh, flus cars and affluence to show their old folks and foes that there are wealth easily spread over abeoad.I can tell you that most of all these wealth are stolen;bank loans,credit cards cars fraud,drugs etc.etc.

Take a look at our politicians most of whom claim they know better because they have lived in abroad's attitudes.White colour thiefs and burglers they are indeed.

Yes,Rawlings may not have acquired academic degrees,yet he is one of Ghana's genuine statesmen.

Thank you.
kobina (+44 7960803256)
JJ WASTED OUR YEARS
Author: ALHAJI QUARSHIE' BRONX' NY
Date: 06-06 01:43 

JJ HAS WASTED OUR PRODUCTIVE YEARS DURING OUR HIGH SCHOOL DAYS.HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR HIS REVOLUTION,GHANA'S ACHIEVEMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREATER THAN WE HAVE SEEN TODAY.DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD.I DON'T SUPPORT THE CELEBRATION OF JUNE4TH.
MP-Thanks for the memories
Author: Okponglo Guy
Date: 06-06 01:42 

You crack me up with your comments to articles. I'm usually on the opposite side to you and sometimes can't quite make you out. This was a good piece. You told it like it was. The younger generation who didn't experience the 80s don't know how the P/NDC kicked out a confused PNP only to make matters worse for the population and impose a culture of silence. Today, thanks to misdeeds by the NPP leadership, they are back. Is this the best Ghana can do in politics - a choice between smart crooks and dictator crooks?

The fault is in ourselves because we condone corruption. We worship our tribesmen once they are in power even when they rob us dry.
are you kidding me?
Author: Brontortor!!
Date: 06-06 01:01 

seriously, are you saying that we should be thankful to a tyrant for causing us to flee his tyranny? please, everyone who has worked hard and made a name for themselves anywhere in the world, both home and abroad should be thankful to God first and to him or herself for sticking it through and not giving up.

secondly, half of the article has nothing to do with Rawlings, so what exactly is the Rawlings Factor? If you think we should owe anything to a man who drove us out of our own country because of the uncouth actions of him and his military rulers, then i'm sorry, you must be joking or smoking a new kind of grass...
JJ, THE MESSIAH OF GHANA
Author: NPP Chairman
Date: 06-06 00:58 

Rawlings is simply the Messiah of Ghana.
Without him, Ghana today would be nothing comparable to Somalia.
Capacitance is leading
Author: Conventional Youth
Date: 06-06 00:57 

What happens when inductance is lagging?

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