EDITOR?S NOTE:

Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Veteran Journalist and President of Ghana Writers Association

Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng is a veteran Journalist, member of the Ghana Leadership Union (GLU) Global Forum, President of the Ghana Writers Association and columnist for the Mirror. He speaks about Ghanaians as one collective people versus politicians and the practice of their self-serving interests, what many know in Ghana as ?Stomach politics?.

His desire to have a library in every district and town for the kids is a noble idea that we should all support.  However, as usual, Ghana?s defective pseudo-democratic constitution stands in the way of progress.  This Ghanaian system of electoral system of governance was quickly put together in 1992 whiles Ghana was under dictatorial rule, to satisfy the request for Western interests and donors for an elected governance system. It was not necessarily representative government some call democracy. In Ghana one person is elected as King with powers to appoint every Cabinet, Regional, District and Town chef executive and Agency Heads throughout the nation of 24 million.  It a hindrance to Ghana?s development as one person simply cannot appoint over 4,000 executives some of who they have never met.  This system has allowed room for cohorts to steal public funds and engage in numerous acts of corruption and crime, some involving cocaine and gold smuggling, on behalf of or with powers that appear to be coming from the elected President.

Kwasi talks about public libraries whiles many also add the need for underground sewage system as a means to curb the mosquito breeding and malaria deaths caused by the open gutters in Ghana. Great progress can be made in Ghana by the people themselves, but their powers have been taken from them and given to one elected King called President. Donors from the Ghana Diaspora who would otherwise want to give to their towns for schools and libraries and developmental projects are at a loss as to who to send the money or books to.  As such many simply donate to their charities overseas instead of directly to their towns where the help could be more effectively used to help those they left behind.

We share the video:

Source: KG-Apenteng YouTube

Interview with Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng (Columist, The Mirror)

Published on Jul 13, 2012

Kwasi Gyan-Appenteng, Columnist of The Mirror and President of Writers Association of Ghana (GAW), speaks about various initiatives he is involved, including work for STAR-Ghana leading to the 2012 elections. He shares his perspectives on the need for NDC and NPP to put Ghana first.

Check out his blog: http://kgapenteng.blogspot.com/ and the Ghana Association of Writers website: http://www.ghanawriters.org/

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