Volume 8, No. 4, In The Annals Of Democratic Transitions
01 June, 2010
The first year of the Mills Administration is at an end. As expected, it has been an eventful first year: from the yet-again outrageous ex-gratia payments to holders of political office, to the drama surrounding the impounding of cars and other public assets from officials of the departing Kufuor administration, the spectacle of the
nomination, rejection, renomination, and appointment of District Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives, and to the Ghana @ 50 probe; there has been no dull
moment. We also experienced three parliamentary elections, two of them incident-plagued. The intraparty wrangling in the main opposition New Patriotic Party and
the ruling National Democratic Congress provided a constant source of political rumours, gossip, speculation and punditry. The appalling mistreatment meted out
to certain individuals by personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces in connection with the handling of the protracted Bawku conflict raises troubling questions about the state of respect for human rights and liberties in Ghana. Finally, the Mills administration has had to contend with its first major corruption and abuse of office scandal – the U.K. SFO/Mabey & Johnson bribery allegations and - the embarrassing transgressions of the first Minister for Youth and Sports.