Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The second Debate

credit: picture STOLEN by me FROM myjoyonline!


So the second presidential Debate just finished in Tamale and I was here in Accra listening in on the radio thanks to the orgasmic deal of technology!

and I wonder again why they are calling it debate! and why is it so bias a platform by excluding the other candidates?

well my pretty quick views:

STAR Q:
The text book questions did not tickle me one bit! and most of those came from Prof. Adae-Mensah...and and and all the candidates did ok on those. just a few for seperation for those.

For me the other moderator Isreal Laryea was the one who DID the show with crafty questions! and my whole assesment are on the answers by the candidates to those questions:

a simple but powerful (my star question) one was: how much is an affordable house?
and note that the question is for candidates who each wants to become the next president of Ghana. and what do they say?
a. Dr. Mahama (my natural choice for president...natural because i seek ultimately decency in leadership at this time of Ghana's life) makes the point that twenty thousand Ghana Cedis (this Kufuor's innovation is crazy enough...why not just cedis or Ghanaian cedis...but Kufuor and his cronies say we should call it 'Ghana cedi') is what is affordable for a house in Ghana. WHAT? that is pure nonsense my dear choice for president. IT IS...NONSENSE AGAIN!!!

b. Akuffo-Addo agrees with Dr. Mahama. I have a feeling he was taken off guard by both the question and Dr. Mahama's response. pity! but....WHAT? THAT IS NONSENSE Mr. Akuffo-Addo my ABSOLUTE NO! choice for president. NONSENSE AGAIN!

c. Dr. Nduom says you have to take income into consideration. beautiful answer by all standards anyday. That answer would stand firmly rooted into the reaches of time and space against all odds. beautiful!

d. Prof. Atta Mills also says income is crucial and adds that an amount that can be paid over a period of 4 yrs or so is ok. Definitely also beautiful answer just like Dr. Nduom. very much rooted in the full expanse of time. beautiful.

e. My Answer? definitely what i describe as beautiful. I think both Mahama and Akuffo Addo were off the beat. and more seriously I think the figure of 20,000 Ghana cedis (thus little less than $20,000) by Mahama and Akuffo Addo is not realistic enough! what are these men talking about? how many Ghanaians (out of the total 20 million or so) make 20,000 Ghana cedis in even a whole year?

I thought that affordable must certainly have somewhere in it's armpit, yes that very armpit at least; the number of people WHO CAN! number of human beings (not kangaroos!)....number of Ghanaians...wrong? and sure that word which carries the meaning 'affordable' must also have somewhere in it's belly the prevailing economic situation! TALK about the many workers who don't get their pay like the railway workers and so on! enough said pal.

HERE AND THERE:
(In answer to another brilliant question by Isreal laryea (that what really does each candidate consider as the difference he's bringing to the table or chair) here's my pick: All the candidates try some but Akuffo Addo adds something very crazy!

Akuffo-Addo once again convinces me that he does not deserve my vote. This man tells me he comes from a tradition and holds hardcore to the belief that every man and woman in this country must own a house...and that, that is what they call 'property owning democracy!'.

Pal, that certainly can't be a statement of being true to even one's own self. definitely not. It's too much of cheap shit talk. you ask me why? well just take a more careful look at it. assuming it was possible as per his 20,000 Ghana cedis affordability measure for everyone including a fool like my idiotic self to own a house to him/herself under the sun! haaaaba! so what would we have? 20 million houses all over the place? each man and each woman with his/her own house owned by him and believed under property owning democracy by Akuffo Addo??? (and population has never been stagnant so far). Do we consider the effect on the earth on this one? how much space would we have for farming? football? Schools? and air to breathe!

so even if we all had all the wealth and the ability to do what Akuffo Addo says he believes in, we dare not try it cos it would certainly amount to playing foolhardy of the extreme order higher than the order of the 'self-awarded' medal of his former master (and mentor by HARD force, me think) Kufuor! is this man for real? the last time he told us that food prices are on the decrease...is this man for real??? well, i wrote him off my thumb a long long time ago and yet he keeps doing little and little to almost nothing to convince my idiotic head.



DIFFERENCE:
I continue to make my point pal. simple: anyone who continues to tell me that the current administration is a standard to follow does not deserve my vote! It simply means that person does not realise the ills of leadership that has plagued Ghana! the main problem with have is not money is not food is not gari and shito.

THE PROBLEM WE FACE IS LEADERSHIP! as for the rest, we have what it takes to feed us and put shelter over our heads. WHAT WE NEED IS THAT LEADERSHIP THAT WOULD POOL OUR ENERGIES to exploit our resources for our development (and i don't mean industrialization, just!). some think development means industrialization...and that makes me wonder how many industries are there in Britain. well, another topic.

The leadership we've hard under Kufuor has been too close to shit! me think. a load of mess!

Nduom was okay today too. and beautifully for me Mahama woke up too today. and Atta mills too was sharp enough. Clearly Akuffo Addo, had some pep talk to do better oratory today! but those are not the substance for me and so I won't dare attempt a ranking like i veered off the last time.

I'm staying focused on the harder issues! sure!
Thank goodness and badness though that all the other contestants admit that there must be a change. Only Akuffo Addo says we must keep faith with the current mess. He is not serious me think. So there lies for me the one and simple difference again.

CHANGE MUST COME and it must come pretty fast pal.


cheers pal!

4 comments:

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Nov,

From your fervour and description of certain answers as beautiful, I am in two opposing minds.

Mind 1 tells me that you actually believe the prez cands in what they say to showcase questions.

Mind 2 tells me you believe they answers are merely cosmetic and semantic (hence the word 'beautiful').

Which is which? I, for one, do not believe a single one of them in the answers they give at the debates which as not debates.

Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Nov,

From your fervour and description of certain answers as beautiful, I am in two opposing minds.

Mind 1 tells me that you actually believe the prez cands in what they say to showcase questions.

Mind 2 tells me you believe they answers are merely cosmetic and semantic (hence the word 'beautiful').

Which is which? I, for one, do not believe a single one of them in the answers they give at the debates which are not debates.

novisi said...

Nana,
i understand...i think

the 'which' is a mix of Mind 2 and my personal inclination to the truism and practicality of some of the answers.

as for mind 1... 'believe' is definitely not the word for me...i don't believe them (i hardly believe myself-let alone someone else)...i can only hear them out...that i would grant everyone of them anytime T!

and oh...true the debate was no debate!

Qué? said...

I agree with you on Israel Laryea's questions being better than much of the textbook stuff. I love the way he caught them off guard.

Seriously though I think a lot of the affordable housing thing boils down not to income but to the sheer ridiculousness of having to pay for two and sometimes three years in advance for rent. High nonsense (and greed) to which I can only suck my teeth: kyiaaa!

I went to Kenya recently and people change houses like clothes out there, because you pay something sensible like a two or three month advance. Whatever people's incomes are, this makes things far more realistic.