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NDC will probe missing cocaine ....

go on
Author: mr tony
Date: 08-30 08:38 

NDC can do so as they wish but
they shold not forget to probe
the LOST GOLD BARS during their
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: kwayo,usa
Date: 08-30 06:39 

Oh! Oh! OOOO! to probe in 2008? Are these ndc officials out of their senses? alright, alright...wait till then.NDC might get chance to probe this saga in the year 2050 by then most of these thugs might have been dead and in hell with the devil. Idiots.
Date: 08-30 05:40 

Author: judas iscariot
Date: 08-29 22:00 

who is going to queue up on the scorching sun to vote for the NDC to come back to power to probe whom? was the NDC able to find those who killed the judges 'u want come chop chop again'go grind your teeth for stone ,u wasted our 20yrs no not again.
those koreans be killed quick
Author: sexy
Date: 08-29 21:38 

Leave no stone unturned.those koreans must be sentence to death no politics here.kill them quickly.
NPP has questions to answer.
Date: 08-29 21:38 

Date: 08-29 18:30 

Author: GhananiBi
Date: 08-29 18:20 

It is good to hear the NDC intending to re-probe the Missing Cccaine case any time they are elected to power. Under present reconning, that would be in about 2029 - the golden jubilee of the June 4th Uprising curtesy of the goodwill of the voters. I would beg to suggest that the NDC pull the plug in their own eyes first and get to the bottom of the Missing Judges case. That happened during their reign, and they may still have all the evidence stashed up in their head office cabinets. Otherwise, they must shut up and live with their guilty consciences and stop throwing dust into the already poluted air.
Stupid Talk
Author: Dan Darko, Accra
Date: 08-29 17:23 

This is senseless. Probeyour inner circle. Why was Rojo sacked as Mills' campaign manmger. Probe Harry Sawyerr and his ex-in-law Rojo
Forget it.
Author: MenayeAFUAforiwa
Date: 08-29 16:32 

Comrade Jamal,Daben da? There will never be any news about this cocaine thing if we are to wait for NDC to come to power to investigate it.
Author: FRANK
Date: 08-29 15:58 

Questions to answer
Author: atagwe ginger
Date: 08-29 15:26 

I found this on say it loud:

COCAINE! -----


President John Agyekum Kufuor, like Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, was also out of the country during a critical part of the proceedings of the Georgina Woode Committee into the Cocaine Scandal.

But unlike the Asantehene, we cannot say that he was fully briefed when he returned or he was being briefed while he was away, because his reaction to the scandal did not reflect any reality.

While the Otumfuo diplomatically and with all reverence sought to distance the Manhyia Palace, himself and the Golden stool from the scandal, President Kufuor waded fully into the scandal with the Presidency and all by accusing a leading NDC member and the NDC party of being the ones to have brought cocaine barons into the country.

The President’s reaction smacked so much of somebody who had either not been briefed, nor been debriefed, or had been wrongly briefed, or had not understood his brief, that as a public duty, we wish to remind the President that he, too, has questions to answer.

So as we did with the Otumfuo last Tuesday, we proceed to list some only of the matters that have been raised in the cocaine scandal in connection with which President John Agyekum Kufuor has been mentioned, in the expectation that the President will answer them directly and leave small fry like Rojo Mettle Nunoo alone:

ACP Kofi Boakye’s cocaine tape was given to President Kufuor by the Chief Executive of the Food and Drugs Board, Mr. Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko, or by an intermediary, now likely identified as his son “Chief” John Addo Kufuor.

President Kufuor got the Kofi Boakye cocaine tape in May and deliberately did nothing about it.

President Kufuor only reluctantly agreed for his naïve Minister of Interior to set up the Georgina Woode Committee into the Cocaine Scandal after Kwesi Pratt’s “Insight” broke the story of the scandal and the President came under intense pressure from the US and UK Governments to investigate the matter.

Whilst President Kufuor was in the US to witness the signing of the USA-Ghana MCA Compact, he caused a member of his delegation to telephone Accra to relay instructions that he wanted ACP Kofi Boakye off his post by the time he returned.

Alhaji Issa Abass, one of the suspected cocaine dealers currently on trial as a diversionary ploy and who has been a friend of IGP Patrick Acheampong for over 20 years, is a regular visitor to the Castle.

Kennedy Agyapong, NPP MP for Assin North and the man who “doth protest too much” about NPP involvement in cocaine dealings, once took the said Alhaji Abass to see President Kufuor at the President’s residence.

President Kufuor knows who the cocaine barons and dealers are; he knows the NPP is part-financed by cocaine money; and he deliberately accused Rojo Mettle-Nunoo and the NDC as red herrings in order to divert attention from his Government and his Party as the real cocaine dealers.

If President Kufuor were not aware of his Party’s complicity in the cocaine and heroin dealings, he would have done something about the following matters:

(i) He would have directed the prosecution of the 3 Dzorwulu NPP Women’s Wing executives who were arrested for attempted smuggling of heroin at the Kotoka International Airport in February 2002 and who were released allegedly upon the intervention of the President’s wife, Mrs. Theresa Kufuor.

(ii) He would have gotten the Nkoranza North seat of the NPP MP, Eric Amoateng, declared vacant for exceeding the statutorily permitted period of absence from Parliament as a result of his involvement in heroin-trafficking and his incarceration in a US jail awaiting trial or he would have advised his narcotic-dealing MP to resign in order to pave the way for a bye-election to be held.

(iii) He would have ordered an investigation into the allegation by Mrs. Elizabeth Agyapong that the NPP MP for Asuogyaman, Mr. Osei Ameyaw, procured her services as a courier to “body carry” cocaine to Europe.

(iv) He would have ordered an investigation into the allegation by Ms. Martha Nkrumah that her henpecked husband and NPP financier, from whose matrimonial home she was snatched by then NPP Deputy Minister of Interior Thomas Broni, is a cocaine dealer.
Date: 08-29 15:15 

Author: Amponsa Kakabo London
Date: 08-29 14:41 

Were they able to probe their own Benneh and the late Justice Annan's son cocaine cases?
All these are sound bite which they want to cover up their past deeds.
If they like, this government will start cocaine probe which will cover they way they used diplomatic bags to ship cociane and other drugs from Ghana. They are the masters therefore they should give our peace of mind.
Author: YAW-US
Date: 08-29 13:28 

If Ghanaians vote NDC ; then no hope for Ghana.They had 20 years and they left the contry in total mess.
What good will come out from them again.
God save Ghana from the hands of the Devilish NDC.
Author: OSONO
Date: 08-29 12:39 

NPPs cocaine business will collapse if voted out of power. It is said that," sika bewu a epre pre". NPP is struggling to cling on to power because their corrupt practices are at stake.NO BLOODY FEARS. NPP WILL GO.NPP has already dragged Ghana into the highest level of lunacy. The craze for coke, corruption, Tarzan's nightmares are telling on Kuffour and Mpiani, Bintim etc., office bathrooms( first in Ghana's history)and in NPP era, flying sprees, HIPC, electricity blackouts which NPP said will never happen in their era. Their so-called nonentic energy expert who looted VRA with his cronies. CRAZY PEOPLE. THE MOST HOPELESS GOVERNMENT IN GHANA'S HISTORY.AMOATENG IS A DISGRACE TO NPP.MAKA MAKA. YAKA GBEMEI.
Will Never Happen
Author: Master & Commander Original
Date: 08-29 11:50 

"...when elected into office in the 2008 general elections,"

The lunacy to the highest order. NDC will never be voted to power ever again. What's so laughable is the fox telling us they will investigate the person who invaded the chicken coop.

What a bunch of clowns.
Re: a useless party
Date: 08-29 11:49 

NPP is worst. Wait till they leave the scene and you will smell the real things.Have you soon forgotten about their Wereko-Brobbey, Amoateng, Bintim, Mpiani? There is a lot of rot going on in NPP but are yet to be revealed. All politicians are the same. WAIT AND SEE.
a useless party
Author: booker t / london
Date: 08-29 11:28 

NDC will never come to power, let alone investigate missing coke. They(NDC),have another 40 years in opposition to clean their acts before thinking of coming to power.Enemies of progress,intolarance,dictatorship,corruption,drug dealing, are some of the things they will need to clean b4 thinking of political power.
Author: OSONO
Date: 08-29 09:58 

Author: YAW B
Date: 08-29 09:17 

They will surely get to the bottom of the missing cocaine scandal if voted into power!! How? They know exactl where the cocaine is or at least Mettle-Nunoo does.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Kind JOB
Date: 08-29 09:17 

Hot Lips
Author: Sacramanto Saraphina
Date: 08-29 09:15 

NDC - National Dog Cathers, try and come up with something sensible.
Date: 08-29 09:02 

Date: 08-29 09:00 

RE: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Kwaku Agyei
Date: 08-29 08:49 

NDC are trying to throw dust into the eyes of entire Ghanaians with intentions which will help them to steal money from the Ghana Government made up with the Tax payer.

What sort of probe capabilities has NDC got under their sleeves?

Should they have probing capabilities, they should have brobed how Mrs. Konadu Agyemang Rawlings refused to pay such billions of cedis she claimed she borrowed from Ghana Government to pay for the Nsawam Canery (GIHOC) and declined to pay.

Why did she wait until her husband committed Treason against the State, before she went in to borrow such fanthom of money and who stood surety for her?

Thieves all round.

First endeavour to find out how cocaine was brought to the country and who befriended those Venezuelans and who granted them land and also an offices to practice such an illicit product on our soil. Mettle-Nunoo, I am sure will help you criminals.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 08:36 

The ministry in charge of parliamentray affairs is still under a ruling government and it will always do the government`s job.

Ghana needs an independent body that have autonomous political powers and capable to control decisions made or proposed by parliament and the President.

Such an independent body should be an elected Senate, or the Upper House that represents the people on the ground and not an appointed body like the Council of State by the President!

By so doing, these uncivilized opposition hooligalism on the streets that are causing unnecessary deaths and public property damages would stop.

"Kumepreko" loses of human life would not have happened in the first place, had there been a room to express political sentiments without going on the streets!
People are dying in Hospitals
Author: Mama Animani
Date: 08-29 08:35 

What is NDC talking about. While other Governments in some Countries are thinking about how to improve the life of his citizen, the NDC party is only thinking about how the missing cocaine will be probed when they come to power in 2009.
we shall do that
Author: samanpa O.T
Date: 08-29 08:32 

The truth will come out when NDC comes back
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 08:29 

"Government will not undermine independence of the Legislature".

(--Felix Owusu-Adjapong, Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs-)

How about the conspicuous parallel nature of the legislature serving as not being representative but bully?

Does it not make sense to amend the constitution for a true positive change , or put it on a referendum for the general public to decide for a complete re-design of the country`s supreme law, if parliament is toothless and incapable of debating with this vital issue for sustainable advancement ?

Sometimes it gives me the impression like narrating stories to those who have spent all their life-time on the hot desert about the nature of white snow, and discribing its features, its formation , characteristics and giving examples and locations where it could be found.

Usually, it sounds Greek [or Makalanta] and abstract in their ears, and looks as if you are sowing grains on hard rocks[Abotan so].

Unfortunately ,the ignorant listener always find it useless and meaningless in accordance with his/her level of education and understanding, regardless of the usefulness in relation to the subject in question.

All efforts in trying to open somebody`s eyes with unforseen and new challenges around the corner, may proof in vain.

And the person may eventually sit down idly unconcern and stir without preparing for the new challenges ahead in life.

Recently , some of you may be re-call that there was a heavy snow fall in South Africa .

This is a country that lies at the lat. 23 .5 degree celcius on the tropic of capricon south of the equator. In broad terms, it may sound that South Africa has adjusted itself only towards the warm climatic conditions of the equator. It could be that South Africa have a winter season, but I do not also think there is a percipitation of white snow-fall out there in view of its proximity to the tropics. And I could presume that South Africa was fully un-prepared for extreme cold conditions as in Europe and elsewhere on the globe due to its geographical position.

Peoples homes , schools, hospitals and work places in South Africa probably might have not been fixed with heating devices until the unexpected snow fall.

You could imagine the mood of that country when the unexpected finally happened.

Procastination is a thief of time......

[Mmo-to-ho nso ennye !]

"Opete se Okyina na O`be si ne Dan, nso e`bi a, na aka akyiri".

You sow what you reap.

Chineese people are not allowed to have more than one baby in their home country by a communist law.

They are enjoying sexual "free-bonto" with Ghanaian ladies as a result of the hardshpis and uncontrollable poverty in Ghana.

Its unfortunate that Ghanaian women are being persuaded and exploited to service the communist workers for sexual pleasures in exchange for peanuts against their natural desires.

Who is to be blamed?

If life is so well in Ghana today as they claim with the existing political system, this would not have happened in the first place, because the ladies involved might have got their own jobs for sustainable incomes.

Tamale have no economy of its own. It depends on Accra for everything. So if Accra is bankrupt with HIPC,Tamale too is out of business completely.

There is no real economic developmental competition in the country. Everything is monopolized under the seat of a ruling government in Accra.

Tamale have no political and economic power whatsoever to do its own thing to facilitate growth and development.

Its regional minister has no mandate from the people he is suppose to be serving, but appointed by the President. Therefore,he does only the President`s job and not what the people wishes since he owes them no allegiance.

Ghanaian female victims have now become so vulnerable and very submissive to any external pressures due to somebody`s mismangement of the economy in Accra alone and lack of political forsight for the necessary reforms.

But who is going to take care of these accidental, or misfortune children who may may be reproduced out of this calamity?

A burden for the government again?

Are they going to be Street children after the communist elements have left the country ?

"Di wo Fie Asem wie, ansa na w'ako Abonten so".

Charity begins at home.

Nigeria in West Africa is only four times bigger than Ghana, but most of its citizens views Ghana as just one single Oyo State found in their country.

Respect is almost equal to cos 90 degrees by some Nigerian citizens towards Ghanaians.

Why ?

They started building Abuja in the early 80`s when they realized that Lagos is too congested for a Capital City.

The then Ghana`s finance minister, Dr.Kwesi Botwe was making mockery of them in his Budget readings with his Marx`s lence by comparing the economic success in Ghana to that of Nigeria at the time.

Abuja`s building started gradually, and now it is one of the most beautiful cities in Africa.

Call for reforms on Ghana political structure first before you encroach on others.

Now,Ghana`s existing unitary system is more than a rotten steel or a stinking fish.

The political hierarchy of appointing Council of State members to sing only the President`s song,or the appointment of regional ministers and district commissioners (DCE`s)to rule the people against their general inetrest stinks like "Totobi" or Momone".

This is the main reason why Ghana is still below the development or developing belt.

Today Ghana is calling Nigeria to come and invest in the country.

Why has Ghana becomes so poor and "Adikan be di Akyire" despite being the balck Star of Africa and the first African country to gain independence from colonialism ?

The officials in charge of the country and the journalist say say these things only to praise themselves.

When will Ghana also going to get economic independence so that its private investors too can put their money in Nigeria and elsewhere for meaningful business ?

Call for federalism and Ghana would soon discover its feet to enhance growth and development, else this unnecessary maintainances on the present over-streched and dysfunctional unitary system is a circus,cost intensive,and empty noise making that have no sustainable future.

Hope Ghanaians are listening......

What are you and other Ghanaians doing to avert or resist the status quo that have been imposed on the country for so long ?

Ghanaians are aware that this constitution was designed by people with socialist and communist idealogical background for jerry john Arab Odiawuo rawlings and not for the general good of Ghana and its citizens.

This is a person who has always said that he does not believe in true democray, but nationalistic and opportunist rule with the gun.

Which is why such a porous and irresponsible supreme laws were made to protect him and his group of hijackers alone and not the general public.

This is somebody who have used stone age, barbaric and inhumane methods by killing people in an attempt to fight corruption and has failed.

This is somebody who was given so much money by Kofi Annan`s United Nation to fight mosquitoes and has failed thoroughly.

This is somebody who has made it clear that;

"Don't ask me what my ideology or economic programme is," he once told a group of journalists.

"I don't know any law and I don't understand economics, but I know it when my stomach is empty."

(-jerry john rawlings-)

How can such a person engineer a constitution for democracy for the country Ghana ?

The question is;

Now that you have people who proudly displays their academic excellence in public and claims to have known true democracy and the rule of Law are in control of the nation`s affairs, what are they also doing to make a difference with the constitution ?

Do they have any plans to change the constitution in their tenure of office?

What gold mines have they discovered and digging with this supreme law of the nation?

Which generation of Ghanaians are they shifting todays problems to ?

In public they argued that they believe in co-operation of powers. Therefore, they have no value for separation of powers.

This means they disregard the idea of true democratic checks and balances, because it will serve as a hinderance to free way of engaging in corruption.

They have promised to commit themselves only to this rawlings` fake enactments.

Why is it that these so-called intellectuals and democratic gurus are also embracing and even making public pronouncements that they will rule with this constititution only?

Probably it also assist them to steal Ghana´s money to their self advantage with it.

So, what are those affected citizens also doing to reverse this deplorable situation ?

May be it serves Ghanaians right to live in everlasting poverty, total anarchy and in chaos !

May be it also serves Ghanaians right that Tamale must not be allowed to have its own economy under the watch of its economic and finance minister or a housing minster.

I wish Tamale have its own elected state governor.

I also do not see nothing wrong for every town to have its local government with an elected Mayor being the head.

Perhaps its serves Ghanaians right with this overstreched and dysfunctional status quo of unitary system brought to them by kwame nkruma.

Hmmmm,"Eye Nsem bebiree....."!

I do not know that federalism has disintergrated or hampered national development in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, Austria, India , Germany , South Africa, Nigeria ,Brazil , Italy and many others.

But what I know is that Ghana`s unitary system has promoted civil unrest in the northern part of the country despite claiming to be more united than federalist countries.

I do not also know that Ghana`s system is so better than that of USA, Germany and many federalist countries.

I am yet to know why Ghanaians emmigrate into these countries if their system is that best.

My grand mother wants to live peacefully in a democratic country where humane law & Order reigns supreme .

She also wants to live in a democracy where the Senate or Upper House controls Parliament and the President, but not in a country where opposition politicians have no room wheresover to object and reverse decions made by the President and his Parliament, except resorting to hooligalism and causíng many deaths of innocent people and property damages on the streets to express their political sentiments.

I stand to be corrected.
Author: Yousuf
Date: 08-29 08:27 

"The Deputy General Secretary asked Ghanaians not to politicise the missing cocaine but allow for a speedy and efficient investigations by the Mrs Justice Wood Committee, which had been tasked to probe the issue.
" After politicizing the whole issue in an opening paragraph, look how this man turned to appeal for a non-partisan approach to the issue. Our conscience speaks to us and if only we could listen, we would be objective and truthful under all circumstances. Does he or his party that he speaks for have that confidence in the committee investigating the case when he presumes the committee would not do do a clean job, hence NDC will reinvestigate the case when they are voted back to power? You see what Dr. Asamoah is warning Ghanaians about? Asamoah is no angel, but he may be right in this assertion this time. He might have his past haunting him, but he is courageous and brave enogh to admit what was and is still cooking inside NDC. Why can't we all wait patiently till and allow the committee to do its work, and submit its its report. It is only when the report is known that we can be in a position to know whether it has done a good job or not. To prejudge an ongoing exercise in this careless way that Baba Jamal has done is highly unfortunate. Where is the discipline from our elders? While not yet in power look how they are threatening their political opponents! What can't such people do against perceived enemies when in they are in power? I am not a lover of NPP, but the politics of victimization belongs more to NDC than NPP. In stead of thinking about alternative strategies to pull Ghanaians out of poverty and deprivation, NDC is bent on mere power hunt to victimize their political opponents. With such an agendum how can God bless their efforts? NDC, think Ghana first!
NDC, Not Higher Than Committee
Author: Abayaa
Date: 08-29 08:15 

I'm always shocked when I read stupid comments made by people who should know better. What does Baba Jamal think the NDC is? The NDC is not higher than any court in Ghana neither is it higher than the Committee that the government has appointed to look into the cocaine matter.
What Ghanaians need to do is to help the Justice Woode Committee to arrive at the truth.
Ghanaians will always give the mandate to govern them to a party they think can do a good work.
Right now that mandate has been given to the NPP. Let us help the government to achieve the purpose for which it was elected.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: KKK OOOO
Date: 08-29 08:12 

Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 08:07 

In the first place why should Asanteman representatives in the U.S.A. and S.K. Boafo accepted and honoured this unscrupulous invitation accorded to them by these elements of "Atetenkonona" for their useless festival in Chicago at all?

It is awkward and obscured to allow "Atetenkononas" to hide behind Ghana`s name to manipulate you for their diabolic agenda.

You will be blame unless you allow yourselves to be swayed by mere empty words.


This attempted explanation and twisting of facts to defend this murderer does not change the known case that jerry john Arab Odiawuo rawlings did not kill Utuka, Amedume,Kotei, Felli,Akuffo, Yaw Boachie Acheampong, Afrifa and others.

It is like saying that Gen. Pinnochet is innocent ,and therefore ,did not kill anybody, but the country Chilli that destroyed these victims.

The question is:

Why is it that Gen. Pinnochet is the one on trial here in court of justice and not the country Chilli?

Ghanaians are aware that these terrorists and opportunists State hijackers have a propaganda department in their unlawful movement to spread lies to defend themselves at all times, which is why I `m not amazed at all with this unreasonable kind of spinning to defend this murderer!

But one thing is clear ,

"those who harbour and protect criminals are also themselves criminals"!

I`m almost convinced that this Hadzidi guy or whatever his name may be, is among those opportunits and thieves who profited from the looting money and were sent to the United States of America at the expense of Ghana.

Kuffuor is to be blamed for not prosecuting this criminal and his conmen, that is why it makes sense to send justice to them anywhere anyplace on the globe that you`ll meet them!

Asante kotoko, kum Apem a, Apem be ba!

jerry john rawlings transfered a lot of Ghana`s money to Farrakhan and his controversial Nation of Islam during his numerous visits to Ghana .

Farrakhan on the other hand ,benefited much from rawlings looting and also served as a bank for him.

This testify that jerry john Odiawuo rawlings came to loot for his own personal gratification but not to rescue the nation.

He thrived on the miseries of the poor people of Ghana and pretended to be their saviour, but for his self enrichment.

jerry john Arab Odiawuo rawlings is "Apooboni" who came to decieve the people for his personal safety.

According to Boakye Djan in the New African Magazine, jerry john Arab Odiawuo rawlings` records in the Ghana Army shows that he was about to be thrown out of the Air force as a result of his inability to pass his exams.

He had no other option to survive in normal life than to overthrow the government to save his own future.

He failed in his attempted coup on May 15th. 1979, and was detained. Boakye Djan and his men fought and released him from custody, since he was their friend and also to make a fulfilment of the bond they have signed among themselves to protect each other whenever any member is in trouble. And that gave birth to the June 4th uprising.

Such a high way person must not be given any humility but to go to prison to serve for his crimes against humanity.

Is this man a luggage or a golf player at the airport.

If nothing so frightening and meticulously had happened to jerry john Arab Odiawuo rawlings, why was he then giving many thanks and praises and found it so useful to bid a farewell to his private( Nation of Islam) security men for protecting him?

I will advise all victimized families to "Print more pictures of Gen. Utuka, Kotei, Felli,Air Marshall Yaw Boachie, Real admiral Amedume, Gen.Akuffo, Acheampong and Afrifa`s fotos ,and show it to this useless being and his cohorts of killers at anywhere you meet them.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 07:58 

....And Aggudey was the same man who was also contesting for the presidency when he cannot even differentiate between public and private properties?

Hmmm, some people are just thieves, egoistic and greedy. They don`t just care , nor take much consideration about their selfish and dubious actions and its negative impacts on the poor tax payer`s money.

This is a misappropriation of public funds that have enormous effects on Ghana`s scanty finances,and therefore, he must be prosecuted, or pay for the amount lost thereof to the state ever since possessing those vehicles on his custody.

Stealing is not just taking away somebody`s property or items for your own use, but it also includes diverting national resources and Sate property for personal use.

State prosecutors must not rest on this case, because such a thing cannot be entertained in Europe or elsewhere in the civilized world without justice, except the banana republics.

Do they actually do some background checks before allowing someone to contest for a high position in the country?

And what were his agenda ?

May I know what he actually stood for and his vision for the nation at the time?

And now look at how their short-sightedness has contributed collectively to destroy the nation only to their advantage.

There is an imminent power outage on the corner and how is it going to be solved.

What was the management doing for so long a time and collecting salaries.

"Obafan se O`ye Oni........."

Solar energy is power from the sun and is free and inexhaustible.

This vast, clean energy resource represents a viable alternative to the fossil fuels that currently pollute our air and water, threaten our public health, and contribute to global warming.

Failing to take advantage of such a widely available and low-impact resource would be a grave injustice to our children and all future generations.

In the broadest sense, solar energy supports all life on Earth and is the basis for almost every form of energy we use.

The sun makes plants grow, which can be burned as “biomass” fuel or, if left to rot in swamps and compressed underground for millions of years, in the form of coal and oil. Heat from the sun causes temperature differences between areas, producing wind that can power turbines.

Water evaporates because of the sun, falls on high elevations, and rushes down to the sea, spinning hydroelectric turbines as it passes. But solar energy usually refers to ways the sun’s energy can be used to directly generate heat, lighting, and electricity.

The amount of energy from the sun that falls on Earth’s surface is enormous in the country.

All the energy stored in Earth's reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas is matched by the energy from just 20 days of sunshine.

Ghana enjoys an abandunt sun shine , so why not go solar to save cost and the environment rather than depleting the limited land and transforming it with artificial water lake constructions?

Hydro-electric power is not just expensive for consumption , but also environmental degradation, which is why it will make sense to divert from that into solar energy investment.

Had I known is always at last.

A word to the wise....
Date: 08-29 07:24 

Baba seems to have lost control of himself and was virtually confuse as to what and what not to say when he caught himself in the NDC culture of talking when he visited the constituency of his party.
why am i saying this,Baba was saying, when voted into power, they wld stiLl investigate this missing cocaine issue, and the question is, on what basis is Baba saying this? what did he realise before saying this,
can Baba tell me that, the Committee that is been tasked to do this job not competent? or is he telling me that, without the cooperation of his to-come government, the committee can't find solutions to this menance? or what exactly is Baba talking about? he should come clear because he is confusing the doubting thomases who do not know what is going on.
Did i hear Baba talking about not politization of the issue?
Baba should tell me what he was doing when he says, the NDC party wld find solutions to the issue when they come to power? pls, when Baba is confuse, he should rather go and clear his comments before coming back to talk about the issue since the issue is not coloured with any political uniform and if any political party (NDC)thinks politization of it wld let them come to power, then i guess they should be having a dream on the hinterland of the desert sahara.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 07:18 

In plain words ,I must tell you that I have no time, and I do not want to comment on some useless and provocative comments coming out from you and the confused elements of your sycophant cohorts who only regard you as their saviour. But for the benefit of true justice and civility , let all meaningful people of Ghana, the innocent victims, True Akans and Asanteman remind themselves with this link :


-Saga of ‘Hotel Kufuor’ $3.5million Credit Gloom

*-How Rawlings Shot Down $1m Credit Facility For ICL

*-The Forgotten Account Of Boakye-Danquah

GOVERNMENT Spokesman Nana Ohene Ntow yesterday accused the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of engaging in a record of witch-hunting successful businessmen on the basis of unproven suspicion and speculations.

According to him, what was happening to Chief Kufuor and his partners behind the continuing ‘Hotel Kufuor” saga is reminiscent of what happened to former NPP flagbearer aspirant, Dr Safo Adu and current Minister for Private Sector Development, Honourable Kwamena Bartels over a loan secured by the defunct Industrial Chemical Laboratories (ICL).

Speaking on Peace FM yesterday, he said former President Rawlings, then Chairman of the PNDC, took a personal interest in the loan, which had nothing to do with him and haunted the beneficiaries, suggesting that some critics of the ‘Hotel Kufuor’ saga are exhibiting same tendencies and raising unfounded issues based on baseless speculations and suspicions.

To give readers an idea of what the ICL loan was about, we reproduce from the defunct Ghana News magazine, (courtesy the defunct African Observer) a confession by a former chairman of the National Tribunal in Accra, Kwaku Boakye-Dankwah, in the case of the People versus Dr. Kwame Safo Adu and four others.

Boakye-Dankwah acquitted and discharged Dr. Safo Adu, a presidential aspirant and three others on trumped up charges of committing acts to sabotage the economy. It was one case which attracted international attention for the political nature of the trial. Rawlings himself led the troops that closed down Dr. Safo Adu’s pharmaceutical factory at Kwamo, near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region.

Boakye-Dankwah fled Ghana and sought political asylum in London, where he told it all.

Now read unedited the account by Mr. Kwaku Boakye-Dankwah, former Chairman of the National Tribunal, whic appeared under the banner “HOW GHANA’S TRIBUNALS CHURN OUT JUNK JUSTICE.

“I have been at the job for six years, since 1986. But I really started sitting some where in 1987. I have tried very controversial cases. I have had problems in the sense that there has been a great deal of political interference from the Executive, particularly with the cases that the government has some interest in.

The tribunals, as it were, have been established to try cases, particularly in which the government has interest. It would not be symptomatic of my tribunal alone. It is a problem which all tribunals in Ghana have experienced particularly, those at the national level i.e., the National Public Tribunals.

Over time, I realised that we were doing a dirty job for the government, particularly for the personalities - Capt. Kojo Tsikata and Jerry John Rawlings.

In terms of the manipulation, deviousness, chicanery, interference, intervention threats and all that is unsavoury which the PNDC organisation visits on the Public Tribunals; inviting them to justify the extra-judicial acts and whimsical conduct of key actors of the regime particularly Jerry Rawlings: the combination and orchestration of all anarchic forces in case number 119/90: THE PEOPLE V DR KWAME SAFO ADU AND 4 OTHERS, is without precedent of public tribunals.

On October 19, 1990, at about 11:30 am, I received a telephone call from the Ministry of Interior.

A female voice informed me that the then Secretary for the Interior Nii Okaija Adamafio was on the line. I was instructed by Adamafio to inform my Tribunal panel to stand by to try a case said by him to be of “great public interest and one in which Rawlings himself had a personal interest”

Shortly thereafter Bright Akwettey, Assistant Public Prosecutor at the Office of the Special Public Prosecutor (OSPP) telephoned me and informed me to wait for an important message from the Secretary for Interior.

Akwettey informed me that the Secretary was bringing a very important case for me to try. Apparently, he did not know Adamafio had already delivered the message.

I told Akwettey I had already received the message from Nii Admafio in person. I forthwith informed my panel about the messages.

At about 3:30 pm, my panel was short of patience and tempers were fraying. It was a weekend. My panel members were Madam Comfort Do, a retired nursing sister and Andrews Dartey, a former police inspector and a very close friend of Jerry Rawlings. Madam Do was on the edge of travelling to Ho. Dartey had his commitments.

“What is this mysterious case for which our time is being wasted?” was the question asked over and over again in disgust. At about 3:30 p.m., Akwettey intervened to cool down tempters. He pleaded with us to “hold on a little” for they would soon be with us. Apparently they were still even at this stage questioning suspects in the matter to obtain statements from them.

At about 4:15 p.m., the Deputy National Registrar, E.O. Odametey appeared before my panel with a case docket. It was marked CASE No 119/90: THE PEOPLE V DR KWAME SAFO ADU AND 3 OTHERS, (Industrial Chemical Laboratories, Andrews Kumi Wontumi and Francis Kwaku Bruce).

The case docket contained a charge sheet stating 13 offences. The case was listed before my panel to try. At about 4:30 pm, three individuals were escorted into the court and arraigned. The case was called. The three individuals were identified as the accused persons. The Court Clerk read the charges over to them and their pleas were taken.

The People were represented by Anthony Gyambibi an Assistant Public Prosecutor at the OSPP. The prosecutor delivered his opening address. Kwamena Bartels, a Lawyer who had announced himself as counsel for the first accused Dr. Kwame Safo Adu and the second accused ICL vigorously replied to the prosecution’s opening address. Wontumi, third accused and Bruce, fourth accused informed the Tribunal that they were suddenly uprooted from their various occupations and taken to Police Headquarters, their statements taken and then brought to the Tribunal. They complained that the rather abrupt nature of the proceedings had taken them by surprise and they were unable to make arrangements for the Counsel to take instructions to represent them.

There was a plea for bail. The panel retired to consider the bail. The consensus was to decline bail. The charges and allegations seemed serious enough. However, the primary consideration for Dartey was that Rawlings was involved in the matter and Counsel for the first and second accused had been abrasive in his attack on the action taken to close down ICL. Dartey advised that we had to be careful. The accused persons were remanded in custody.

On the morning of October 22, 1991 in the Tribunal, George Agyekum, Chairman of the National Public Tribunal, with unveiled resentment and disgust demanded to know why I had taken the case. He actually described me as rebellious. I was utterly bemused. I explained to him, as if I was obliged to, that his friend, Adamafio and Akwettey personally listed the case specifically before me. I did not ask for the “juicy case”.

Agyekum started a tirade against Adamafio and Akwettey, who were nowhere near. Agyekum told me that Adamafio had to find somebody to try the case because of solidarity with Ato Dadzie. I listened. I was fascinated. Agyekum said that had the case not been called on that Friday, October 19, 1990, Jerry Rawlings would have fired Ato Dadzie that day. Agyekum said that Ato Dadzie had been instructed by Rawlings to have him, Agyekum try the case but he did not have the audacity to present the case.

At the time one of the usual feuds was simmering to boiling point between Agyekum and Ato Dadzie. Agyekum told me that he knew that the case was to be presented that Friday, October 19, 1990, and several pleas had received a futile ear from him. He had deliberately travelled out of Accra to Kumasi to give a sharper edge to the predicament of Ato Dadzie and the bursting at the seams of Jerry Rawlings.

Agyekum told me that whilst he was in Kumasi he received several pleas from Commander Baffour Assasie Gyimah, a Naval officer and intelligence operative at the office of National Security and Foreign Affairs under Captain Kojo Tsikata, to come to Accra to try the case but he remained adamant.

Apparently, I had been hijacked to try Dr. Safo Adu and others, to save Ato Dadzie, deflate the irritable disposition of Jerry Rawlings and as Bright Akwettey later explained to me, to rehabilitate my image which has taken a vicious battering in the Owusu Fodwour case and which aftermath, the perfect Machiavellian deviousness and duplicity characteristic of the PNDC Secretariat had been voraciously seized upon by that incarnation of Machiavelli himself at the PNDC Secretariat to embarrass me after his coalition of forces and personalities had failed to save their surrogates in the Owusu Fodwour trial.

Adamafio, Akwettey and Ato Dadzie and the PNDC Secretariat had hijacked Kwaku Boakye Danquah to save the career drive of Ato Dadzie, keep Jerry Rawlings happy, and spread the government’s often repeated phrase: “corrupt politicians and businessmen”.

At the time, the Dr. Safo Adu case hijacked me, I was aware that several attempts had been made by individuals who could not live with the idea that a villain of the ilk of Kwaku Boakye-Dankwah was trying Safo Adu and others, to get a more fair-minded and less mediocre and probably less compromised legal minds, to process the case to the end. Even if Safo Adu and others were sentenced to death, it would be appreciated if it was not handed down by Boakye-Danquah.

At any rate, the sorting out of the bric-a brac that took place in the backrooms of the government to fix the case remains quite blissfully unknown to individuals concerned about the fairness of the trial and the welfare of the accused persons.

All the accused persons were granted bail in November. After the bail had been granted, I was approached by Bright Akwettey, who asked to know why bail was granted to the accused persons. He was asking the question because he had been told by the then Secretary for the Interior Adamafio that questions were being asked at the highest level of government as to why the Tribunal considered bail in such a serious case.

He added that Rawlings was not happy about the matter - that is our grant of bail.

My reaction to this complaint was that having regards to the fact addressed in the prosecutor’s opening statement, my panel members considered that the conditions attached to the bail were sufficient to ensure that the accused persons continued to appear or the trial.

You can’t withhold bail unless there were compelling reasons not to do so. I was not happy with the way questions were being asked and that my Tribunal would not be obliged to respond to any future administrative instructions or enquiries about the case.

Bright Akwettey was obviously not happy that I wasn’t going along with him. He argued that it was absolutely necessary that government be kept informed on a regular basis about the tendencies of the tribunal regarding the case as it was Rawlings who had initiated and insisted on the prosecution of the case, particularly of Dr. Safo Adu, adding that the political stakes in the case were high indeed. The government, as it were, should not lose stakes in the case so they had to get regular information about where we were leaning. I addressed Akwettey on the untenable nature of the discussion and the completely irregular and most unethical manner in which a stated criminal matter on trial was becoming subject to subtle interference and extraneous consideration. I mean things like high political stakes and the rest of it didn’t come in. We have got the charge sheet. It wasn’t a political trial as far as we were concerned.

I rejected the notion that the matter could not be determined on the evidence which they adduced, which at that stage … the stage where we were having this discussion, had not been received on record. They had not called any witnesses at all. The prosecution had not called witnesses at all. I told him that any decision that we arrived at was going to be determined on the basic weight that were at the end of the trial going to be adduced. Bright Akwettey is closely connected with the state apparatus… very close to Capt. Kojo Tsikata. He goes on errands, travels a lot… Obviously, he wasn’t happy. I will also confess that I have been very friendly to him. We have a very good rapport. Obviously that was why he approached me in that manner.

In a very determined manner, Bright Akwettey reminded me that it was Rawlings himself who personally went with his armed troops to close the factory, that is Industrial Chemical Laboratories (ICL). Akwettey said if the matter was not considered to be in the supreme interest of the State, Rawlings would not have embarked on the action he took in connection with the closure of the factory.

ICL is located in Kwamo, near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region. There is a very dark history behind the closure of the factory.

Bright Akwettey told me that the government had immense confidence in me as a Tribunal Chairman and also in my panel. That is why I was assigned to try the case. Bright Akwettey also told me that even though Dr. Safo Adu, particularly, had not been charged with subversion, the State had sufficient pharmaceutical factories, that is ICL and another factory called Castera Air Processing Factory which belongs to a retired military officer who is now deceased, Major Kwame Asante, were primed towards the production of subversive materials quite apart from the fact that Safo Adu had taken loans from the State. But Dr. Safo Adu had taken loans from his bank-NIB. Bright Akwettey was giving me background as to why he brought the prosecution in the first place.

I said that if the prosecution had wanted these political issues to form a basis for the trial, then you address these matters in your opening statement. Akwettey also added that the matter, this particular matter regarding Safo Adu’s factory being used as ground for subversion could have been dealt with extra judicially by the State apparatus. If it had occurred around 1982, they could have razed the factory down or maybe out of hand shot the man. Who cares, things have happened over the past decade. It wouldn’t have been anything strange at all.

I however insisted that the case would be determined on its merit and would not encourage any political or State interference. The explanation that I gave obviously did not sit well with Bright Akwettey.

In November 1991, in the course of the trial, I was invited to the Office of the National Registrar and Member/Secretary of the Public Tribunals and informed by Isaac Douse, that he had received instructions from Ato Dadzie to transfer Dr. Safo Adu’s case from my tribunal to another tribunal. I asked him the reason why there was this administrative instruction. He said as far as he was concerned, that was the instruction that he had been given and that he had to act administratively and get the case transferred.

He realised that the case had been brought to me directly from the PNDC Secretariat by Nii Adamafio. Now in the course of the trial they want to transfer the case. My response was to tell Douse if there was any reason why the case should be transferred; the proper procedure should be followed. I said it was not within the powers of Douse or that of Ato Dadzie at the PNDC Secretariat to deal administratively with judicial matters pending before me and that if they felt there were compelling reasons he or Ato Dadzie should appear before the Tribunal and adduced evidence why the case should be transferred. It was not as if I had any interest in the case. Thereafter they never pursued the case.

Curiously, enough the National Registrar stopped listing cases before my Tribunal. Duose told me that Ato Dadzie had instructed that no case should be brought to my Tribunal until the manner in why I dealt with Dr. Safo Adu was ascertained at the end of the trial.

In the latter part of November 1990, it was clear that I was being cajoled into taking a position, even at the early part of the trial, which will give the government the satisfaction that they were going to secure a conviction against the accused persons.

Having failed to ascertain what decision I would eventually lay down in the trial, they put immense pressure and the crudest form of intimidation on me and my family.

I will list them. In the first place I was invited to the Office of the PNDC Member for Foreign Affairs and National Security and told by Commander Assasie Gyimah that the office had received two separate reports, one emanating from Kumasi that a group of political activists loyal to the accused persons would wreak vengeance on me if I sentenced Safo Adu to death. The other report was that a group in Accra linked with narcotic trafficking was disconcerted with the convictions that I had handed to their colleagues that had broken their network. These people were aiming to attack me and members of my family.

Commander Assasie Gyimah informed me that I had members in Government sympathetic towards me who were prepared to protect me and my family and I need not worry as long as I reciprocate by protecting the interest of the government, particularly the integrity of Rawlings in the case I was trying.

Commander Assasie Gyimah went on to give me bunch of keys to a flat near the Sakumono, on the Teshie-Nungua Road claiming it was a safe house. But I knew that was where the commandos had their base. I did not move in. Instead, I asked a friend to move into the flat. My friend told me he suspected the flat was bugged.

Thereafter, Commander Assasie Gyimah asked me several times why I was not living in that house. He said so long as I tried Dr. Safo Adu’s case, I was at risk. But I declined to live there. I also refused a car because I knew it was a subterfuge by the security system to create for me a scenario of insecurity whereby I could be susceptible to persuasion from the agents of the government.

A few weeks before I delivered judgment to acquit and discharge Dr. Safo Adu, I was invited to the office of Commander Assasie Gyimah who after a futile attempt to find out what ruling I was to deliver in the case, demanded that I give the keys to the flat back to him. I could not immediately return the keys because I could not just ask my friend to leave without arranging an alternative accommodation. It took some time before he got the keys.

On that day George Agyekum met me and said “you better hand over the keys to Assasie Gyimah. After all, you did not go to live there”.

Very early in the course of the trial, my wife who was nursing a baby told me several times that she met people she could identify as operatives of the intelligence system who warned her to advised me to do the proper thing.

My house was subjected to very suspicious burglaries. There was a great deal of psychological pressure. Sometimes you wake up and see that three mice have been killed and left in front of the main door.

My wife was traumatised when several times particularly worthless articles were pinched and messages scribed that I and my family would be abducted by armed robbers. My wife was followed almost anytime she went to town by strange people asking whether she was safe staying with me. She had to leave the matrimonial home to live with her mother. Even then the harassment did not stop. She would suddenly wake up in the night and scream.

A severe strain was put on the family. Eventually, our family agreed that she should go and stay with her brother in the United States for a long holiday.

Throughout the trial, my movements were monitored. At the trial, security agents made you feel their presence.

Several times in the course of the trial, attempts were made by Bright Akwettey, who was prosecuting, to create discord between me and my panel, to portray me as anti-establishment. Throughout the trial I made sure I recorded everything. The prosecution was asking irrelevant questions abut the accused person’s political persuasion which had nothing to do with the case.

Long after both the prosecution and defence had closed the case, the prosecution made a submission to call fresh witnesses. But the cases had dragged on for more than a year. It was a bizarre submission, so I overruled it. A week after I had overruled the submission, my panel members, who have no legal training at all, produced a statement disassociating from the ruling. They said they did not agree with the ruling I made. It was a bizarre situation.

Obviously, the State powers knew they were losing the case. They could not come to me, so they had to attack from the flanks. They knew if it came to decision, it could only be a majority or unanimous decision.

It was patently clear that these two lay members of the tribunal had been prevailed upon by government officials to undermine the integrity of my tribunal, isolate me for attacks by the State and throw the whole trial into a chaos. The action of Madam Do and Dartey came in for very harsh indictment in the independent media as completely outlandish and ill-motivated. Throughout the trial, my panel members regularly absented themselves from the trial with the excuse that they had commitments elsewhere.

It becomes necessary to state that Madam Do who hails from the same ethnic background as Rawlings, that is from the Volta Region, has close association with senior members of government particularly Capt. Kojo Tsikata. Dartey, a former Police Inspector, has a direct and unrestricted access to Rawlings.

Jerry Rawlings, in an unprecedented comment in the “People’s Daily Graphic”, complaining about the judgment that I had given, said: “The law was an ass”.

Bright Akwettey publicly ridiculed my handling of the trial, saying that the trial had been fettered by technicalities which in the past had perverted the cause of justice and enabled criminals to go scot-free. And that my ruling had deliberately sabotaged the prosecution case and defeated the very rationale for establishing the Tribunal system.

On October 28, 1991, I was invited to meet Commander Assasie Gyimah at his office. The first thing he said when he saw me was: “What kind of judgement was that? Your judgement was very strange”. After a long tirade against the judgement, Commander Assasie Gyimah asked: “Boakye, is that the best you could have done? Do you realise that you slapped government in the face and publicly humiliated Rawlings?”

These acts pointed to the fact that I was not safe in the country anymore, because I have done my duty conscientiously. I was told by a friend, deep in the Security Services that there had been several meetings by the State apparatus on me. One of the meetings was attended by Capt. Kojo Tsikata, Commander Assasie Gyimah, George Agyekum, who is a Tribunal Chairman, Kwasi Degbor, a security operative and Alhaji.

Kwasivi and Alhaji are supposed to be operatives of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) but they operate from the Castle Annex, the former Foreign Affairs Ministry. They called the place Blue Gate.

I was informed by my source that at this meeting the security implications of the judgement were discussed. I was informed that I had been placed on a “Stop List”.

It looked like the judgement really hit them hard, particularly because Jerry Rawlings had a deep personal stake in it. Basically, the trial was to get Dr. Safo Adu. The rest were just cannon fodders.

My insecurity was obvious. My friends would meet me in town and ask me why I was around. In November 1991, a journalist friend of mine informed me that he had received a tip off. You know journalists have a lot of contacts. He informed me that he had a tip off from a very senior military officer that the State Security has plans to quietly pick me up during the Christmas holidays.

The implication was that I had to be careful. Thereafter I decided not to sleep in my house. I kept moving from house to house. In December1991, I was informed by the person who told me about the meeting at Kojo Tsikata’s Office that my official residence was targeted to be raided by personal security men, they call them PS, so-called commandos and make it look like armed robbery.

When I heard this, I knew it was time to leave the country. I told the Registrar that I was going on leave. For six years I had not gone on leave.

On January 7, 1992, I secured a visa from the British High Commission in Accra. They were obviously well informed about the events in Ghana. To put it succinctly, they even encouraged me to leave. An officer came and shook my hands and said: “It is good to stand by what you believe in”.

On January 24, with the assistance of some friends, I passed through the bush and got to Abidjan where I took a British Airways flight to London.

The story is that the government wanted a conviction against Dr. Safo Adu, may be for their own political end.”

(Source : Gye Nyame Concord )

Does this stone age madness and day light robbery calls for investors confidence to help reverse the so called Failed State?

These are the people who were killing Ghanaians on charges of fraud and corruption .

Now they have discovered the importance of fair trial in the courts which they and their gangsters have denied their victims of.

Afrifa is waiting for all of you dubious elements parading and pretending to be men of high repute and intergrity.

The most despicable, absurd and annoying thing is; for people of your calibre to get state burial at the expense of Ghanaians instead of going to prison.

Its not your fault, but the current disappointed President who has failed to prosecute you for the crimes you have caused against many Ghanaian families, probably due to his own wrong doings and guilty concious.

His time will be up someday, and it will be replayed back to him by the young generation!

Atwamene bi a,nso suro Ayeya Nna!

I must tell you that;

Owuo Atwedie , Obaako nforo!

God`s time is the best.

Your cup is full!
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 07:17 

I wrote and posted this underneath statement to all Ghanaians and beyond . Ghanaweb stole it, changed the wording, and twisted the facts to the direction that it may be appropriate to their small minds.

They claim to be intellectuals and boast with it, but they have no idea about the significance of intellectual property rights. With this complete evidence of intellectual theft; Wherein lies their intellectual capabilities ?

I`m not surprise that they have created a propaganda department to spread lies at all times to decieve Ghanaians.

No democratic element will ever find it necessary to use propaganda as a political tool to send its message across, unless it rest in the abode of socialism, communism and dictatorship.

It is believed that Adolf Hittler created propaganda ministry to destroy Germany and Europe.

kwame nkruma Francis Kofi Nwia Ngongloma also used a commnunist propaganda tool to destroy Ghana ,so why are some modern day Ghanaians also interested in usuing propaganda ministry and secretariat as their political instrument to destroy Ghana again?

For the past thirty years one of My Uncle has been working and consulting in North & South America, Europe and West & South Africa. He is the author of eight books and more than 100 articles on what he calls cultural capital – risk-taking, self-reliance, social cohesion, work habits, and relationships to power – for a changing workforce in a changing workplace.

He started as a labourer, worked his way through toilet chambers, and ended in the boardrooms of multinationals. These columns will answer questions troubling modern workers everywhere.

jerry john Odiawuo rawlings, you argue that your own corrupt family and Tsatsu Tsikata are not the problem, that they are not the primary cause of tens of thousands of Ghanaian workers losing their jobs, but that six silent killers are the “sucking sound” destroying Ghana`s enterprise. Please explain.

Termites destroy a person’s home with no one the wiser, that is, until irreparable damage is done.

Termites are invisible to the naked eye working diligently and effectively beyond our awareness.

On the other hand, we note and are alarmed with the tens of billions of cedis lost to sick leave caused by substance abuse every year. Tens of billions more are lost due to stress and emotional problems resulting in accidents, heart attacks, strokes, seizures, or mental illness.

Then there are other contributors to diminishing capacity (i.e. to work productivity) such as excessive smoking, eating and drinking of alcoholic beverages.

These problems are palpable, visible, and consequential. Since we are aware of them, many firms have Employee Assistant Programs to deal with them.

But the P/NDC and your own family are convenient scapegoats for downsizing, redundancy exercises, reorganization, reengineering, and relocation of plants and jobs to your tribe and gangster members. One factor has clearly contributed to this drastic action.

For the past 20 years, or up to 1981 the rate of productivity growth in terms of the Growth Domestic Product (GDP) was very high in percentage as a result of Gen.Acheampong`s good nationalist concept of Operation Feed-Your-Self. Since then, Ghanaians were having a relativley high standard of living. That percentage drop as a result of the inquisition of your babarious regime into Ghana`s political scene by default ,has caused the loss of trillions of cedis in the GDP in the past 20 years of your terror regime, or the loss of millions of cedis in income to every Ghanaian family over that period except your own relatives and gangster members whose incomes has been on the increase, due to its opportunistic and parasitc nature. This has dampened the Ghanaian dream and impacted negatively on the standard of living of the Ghanaian family.

This erosion in contribution culminatindg from your ganster high- way regime ,represents social termites at work, and I call these termites “the six silent killers” of organizational life.

Successful people are successful no matter what the adversity. Successful people are aware of their behaviour. When that behaviour is not conducive to promoting the desired ends, they change it. They are in control and responsible.

They are what I call “mature adults.” They are valued and secure employees. They can see beyond their own special self-interests to the necessity of a genuine collective strategy. This is not the case of those infected with the six silent killers.

Social termites choose to deny reality, to become inauthentic to themselves and others, and obsessively negative. They look for what is wrong, not right; for who is responsible, not how to correct; for what they can get, not give. They develop political cunning which finds them managing influence and manipulating colleagues and supervisors indiscriminately.

They see themselves as victims of a system, which fails to appreciate them, or to satisfy their needs. They fail to recognize “they are the system.” Without knowing it, they have become seduced by six silent behaviors, behaviours that can kill a career before it is started, undermine all that they might become, and literally destroy the enterprise for which they work. These are the social termites, the six silent killers:

(1) Passive Aggressive Behaviour – come in late, leave early, do as little as possible to get by, not as much as you are capable of doing.

(2) Passive Responsive Behaviour – do nothing until you are told, and only that, then wait for instructions before doing anything else, bring your body to work and leave your mind at home.

(3) Passive Defensive Behaviour – always have an excuse why something isn’t done (Not my job! Nobody told me!); point fingers at others who don’t do their jobs; play show your ass (SYA) and cover your ass (CYA) games; help others do their work as alibi for not doing yours.

(4) Approach Avoidance Behaviour – volunteer for assignments you don’t intend to complete, or complete on time; take on projects then fail to show up for required meetings; punish others with your knowledge to mask your unwillingness to learn new things.

(5) Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour – always want to be and have what someone else is or has; fail to appreciate what you are and have; always see the grass greener on the other side of the fence; consumed with jealousy and envy; locked in to comparing and competing.

(6) Malicious Obedient Behaviour – do precisely what told to do (by foreigners) even when you know it is wrong; withhold or hide important information necessary to the project; spread disinformation about the company, department or individuals; play games of divide and conquer; toy with natural suspicions with rumors, misuse company property.

There is no way to actually calculate the economic, emotional and spiritual damage these behaviours do to the individual and the collective enterprise. It is probably greater than all the losses from substance abuse, stress-related illnesses, and industrial accidents.

All these awkward and wicked characteristics were associated with your bogus P/NDC regime that destroyed Ghana and subdued its people into such an uncivilized form of Culture of Silence, degraded their self esteem and intergrity and reduced them into the lower standard of humanity among all World citizens.

Your barbarous regime was just designed to rob the people from their dignity and to degrade them into everlasting slavery that serves you and your people as master.

Your "Apoobo" highway regime that stole the Presidency from the true people of Ghana had nothing to offer Ghanaians but to destroy them , tortured, kill and give them some identification cuts.

The only thing you as a failure in life and your people were good at ;was to settle your personal scores with other people out of your own hatred and envy but not to rescue the nation.

The records show that you were not in control of your bogus regime but foreigners(IMF/World Bank) were driving the nation.

Abodinbo, Amanmuobonee ne Ahomasuohunu a ,kwa !

......."The reform program thus floundered as it moved beyond the administratively easier reforms (such as the exchange rate) into more complex initiatives (such as divestiture). This, in turn, led the various donor agencies supporting the reform program to demand in ever greater detail specific administrative actions, leaving the Ghana government less and less the owner of the reforms, and the economy was in it`s sense being running by foreigners.".....

With this small quatation above , wherein lied your leadership capabilities when you could not simply manage your own domestic affairs, jerry john Odiawuo rawlings, explain ?"

So upon what basics did you kill the people for?

You sold the nation`s secrete to Muama al Gaddafi and Libya in exchange for Arms and logistics to assist you to overthrow a legitimate government of the PNP administration elected by the people of Ghana.

You wrote personal letters to the French and Nigerian Presidents to complain against the current regime for irrelevant things that attracts no sense.

So who is the traitor that you and your disgruntled cohorts continue to talk about so profusely to decieve Ghanaians and even used it as a basis to kill Afrifa so senselessly but left Ankra, Deku and others behind?

The following are your men of intergrity:

) Amartey Kwei ( executed by firing squard. He was rawlings personal friend as he asserted on the BBC World Television interview recently. This man was empowered with state aparatus to kidnap and assassinate three high court judges and a retired military officer).

2) Victor Serlomey (convicted).

3) Kwame Peprah (convicted).

4) Tsatsu Tsika ( on tial for nearly collapsing the GNPC (TOR)).

5) Kojo Tsikata ( still struggling to protect his good name ).

6) Ahwoi ( involvement in the biggest corporate scandal in the country's history. CASPRO establishment with State money).

7) PV Obeng ( ( exporting concubines to Europe and North America with Sate money) Fa wo To be gye Aburokyire).

8)Tonny Aidoo ( Toilet bomber, and falsified academic papers).

9) Gyamfi Paul ( fake identiy to dupe Ghana with large sums of dollars in hospital bills).

10) jerry john rawlings ( personally piloting and conveying gold bars from Ashanti, Obuase mines to unknown destination till today).

11) Many of the PNDC parliamentarians ( buying their way to Parliament of Ghana with bribes given to voters).

........, and many more !

They all still owe accountability to the people of Ghana, because they forgot that they were mere civil and public servants and not civil and public Lords to the people of Ghana.

When Serlomey was stealing from Ghana's coffers, he deliberately refuses to consider the effect of his actions on the poor people of the street.

His own family's well being was his only prime concern and priority at the expense of the poor Ghanaians.

I have no sympathy for the P/NDC's consultant, Atta Nii Aryee, so do Victor Serlomey who only thrives on other people?s belongings for their prosperity.

Those who sympathize with the thief are also themselves thieves.

May he perish in everlasting hell fire with hard Labour!

Bow down in shame and weep !

Meaningful and true Ghanaians demands explanation and thorough clarification of justice.
Author: opambuo..."stone sewer"
Date: 08-29 07:02 

hmmm...promise....electoral promise # 1...hmmm eye asem oooo
It started long ago
Author: David Akpalu
Date: 08-29 06:57 

It is a big surprise that an NDC executive could be so naive to think that this cocaine issue started under the NPP. It has a long history and dates from the 1980's where several people with no known employment record descended on Ghana with money, and too much of it. No one asked questions and they played the big boys in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi; dined with the (P)NDC big boys and bought big houses.
The NPP inherited some of these big boys as their friends and are just beginning to realise that these so called friends are not what they seems. In fact, they have become liabilities!
Date: 08-29 06:56 

Baba seems to have lost control of himself and was virtually confuse as to what and what not to say when he caught himself in the NDC culture of talking when he visited the constituency of his party.
why am i saying this,Baba was saying, when voted into power, they wld stiLl investigate this missing cocaine issue, and the question is, on what basis is Baba saying this? what did he realise before saying this,
can Baba tell me that, the Committee that is been tasked to do this job not competent? or is he telling me that, without the cooperation of his to-come government, the committee can't find solutions to this menance? or what exactly is Baba talking about? he should come clear because he is confusing the doubting thomases who do not know what is going on.
Did i hear Baba talking about not politization of the issue?
Baba should tell me what he was doing when he says, the NDC party wld find solutions to the issue when they come to power? pls, when Baba is confuse, he should rather go and clear his comments before coming back to talk about the issue since the issue is not coloured with any political uniform and if any political party (NDC)thinks politization of it wld let them come to power, then i guess they should be having a dream on the hinterland of the desert sahara.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: O.O.B
Date: 08-29 06:56 

Use this as guidelines to fight corruption in Ghana as a whole.


Complaint Alleges Participation in Scheme to Defraud With Skilling, Causey and Others; Seeks Civil Penalty and Recovery of Over $90 Million in Unlawful Proceeds from Stock Sales

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2004 -

The Securities and Exchange Commission today initiated civil charges against Kenneth L. Lay, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enron Corp., for his role in a wide-ranging scheme to defraud by falsifying Enron's publicly reported financial results and making false and misleading public representations about Enron's business performance and financial condition.

The Commission also alleges Lay profited from the scheme to defraud by selling large amounts of Enron stock at prices that did not reflect its true value. The sales also occurred while Lay was in possession of material non-public information concerning Enron and generated unlawful proceeds in excess of $90 million during 2001. Specifically, Lay sold over $70 million in Enron stock back to the company to repay cash advances on an unsecured Enron line of credit. In addition, while in possession of material non-public information, Lay amended two program trading plans to enable him to sell an additional $20 million in Enron stock in the open market. Lay's proceeds from the sales constitute illegal gains resulting from his scheme to defraud.

In this action, the Commission is seeking disgorgement of all ill-gotten gains, civil money penalties, a permanent bar from acting as a director or officer of a publicly held company, and an injunction against future violations of the federal securities laws.

"From the very beginning, our mandate has been to hold accountable those who contributed to the false portrayal of Enron as a viable, thriving entity. As Enron's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lay was an engaged participant in the on-going fraud, and must therefore be called to account for his actions," said SEC Enforcement Division Director Stephen M. Cutler.

Added Deputy Director Linda Chatman Thomsen, "Today, the Commission and the Department of Justice have once again demonstrated our collective commitment to use every tool available under law to pursue those who violated the law in connection with Enron's collapse. It is our sincere hope that others who might someday be tempted to dissemble to the investing public and improperly place their personal interests ahead of those of their shareholders will be deterred by the specter of a determined and multi-faceted prosecution."

The Commission today, subject to the approval of the Honorable Melinda Harman, U.S. District Court Judge, filed a Second Amended Complaint seeking to add Lay to its pending action against Jeffrey K. Skilling, Enron's former President, CEO and Chief Operating Officer, and Richard A. Causey, Enron's former Chief Accounting Officer. The proposed amended complaint charges Lay with violating, and aiding and abetting violations of, the antifraud, periodic reporting, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the federal securities laws, Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Exchange Act Rule 10b-5; and for aiding and abetting the violation of Sections 13(a), and 13(b)(2)(A) and (B) of the Exchange Act, and Exchange Act Rules 12b-20 and 13a-11.

Specifically, the Commission's Proposed Second Amended Complaint alleges as follows.

Lay's Early Participation in the Scheme to Defraud. Lay, along with others at Enron, engaged in a wide-ranging scheme to defraud in violation of the federal securities laws. During 2001, with specific knowledge of rapidly deteriorating performances of Enron's business units, Lay made numerous false and misleading public statements about Enron's financial condition. As Enron's Chairman and CEO, Lay had oversight of Enron's business units and supervised the senior executives and managers of these units, reviewed drafts of public filings and draft press releases, and participated in conference calls with investment analysts.

In presentations to the investing public, Lay and others heavily emphasized the performance and potential of Enron Broadband Services (EBS) and Enron Energy Services (EES). To support what Enron had already said about EES, Lay and others concealed massive losses in EES' business through fraudulently manipulating Enron's "business segment reporting." They accomplished this at the close of the first quarter of 2001 through a reorganization designed to conceal the magnitude of EES' business failure, which was known to Lay as early as January 2001. With Lay's approval, Enron hid that failure from the investing public by moving large portions of EES' business ” which Lay and others knew at the time would have to otherwise report hundreds of millions of dollars in losses ” into Enron Wholesale, which was the Enron business segment housing most of the company's wholesale energy trading operations and income. As Lay and others knew, Enron Wholesale had ample earnings to absorb the EES losses, while at the same time continuing to meet its own internal budget targets. Lay made the false and misleading statements to persuade investors that Enron's profitability would continue to grow, to maintain credit ratings, to influence investment analysts, and to prop up the share price of Enron stock.

Lay knew of Enron's use of structured transactions ” specifically prepays and the hedging arrangements called Raptors ” to misstate its financial results. Enron entered into circular transactions that were characterized as prepay forward contracts in order to disguise borrowings as cash from operations. Lay was aware of the importance and magnitude of prepay transactions to create operating cash flow and thereby maintain Enron's investment grade credit rating. Lay was aware that the credit rating agencies were not told the magnitude of Enron's prepay obligations and that this information was not disclosed in Enron's public filings. In addition, Enron created the Raptor structures to "hedge" volatile assets against any potential decline in value. The manner in which Enron structured and funded the Raptors meant that any hedging losses in the Raptors would ultimately be borne by Enron. Lay understood that Enron used the Raptors for earnings management and that decreases in the price of Enron stock threatened the viability of the Raptors.

Lay Knowledge of Additional Problems Following Skilling's Resignation. On July 13, 2001, Skilling told Lay he was resigning unexpectedly because he felt there was nothing he could do to stop the decline in Enron's stock price. On August 14, Enron issued a press release, with Lay's approval, that announced Skilling had resigned for personal reasons. In a conference call with investment analysts later that same day, Lay repeatedly asserted that, "there are absolutely no problems that had anything to do with Jeff's departure . . . there are no accounting issues, no trading issues, no reserve issues . . . unknown, previously unknown problems, issues . . . I can honestly say that the company is probably in the strongest and best shape . . . that it's probably ever been in." Regarding EES, Lay offered that "we've been doubling revenue and doubling income quarter on quarter, year on year for now about the last three years. We expect that to continue to grow very, very strong. . . ."

After Skilling resigned, Lay met repeatedly with Enron's senior management, who described for him Enron's deteriorating financial condition. Lay was advised internally of accounting improprieties regarding the Raptors and that various assets and investments were overvalued on Enron's books and records by approximately $7 billion. During this period, Lay repeatedly received internal financial reports consistent with these problems. In August and September, senior executives informed Lay that Enron was facing an increasing earnings shortfall, hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, a proposed non-recurring charge relating to certain investments, and an accounting error in excess of $1 billion. Enron's problems were so severe that a senior executive informed Lay that Enron needed to consider being acquired or selling its prized pipelines.

Lay Continued to Mislead the Public ” August and September 2001. Despite specific knowledge of Enron's deteriorating financial condition, Lay continued to make false and misleading public statements about Enron's financial performance. In meetings with research analysts and in public statements, Lay falsely and misleadingly stated there were "no accounting issues," "no reserve issues," and "no other shoes to fall" at Enron. Lay made a series of false and misleading statements during an Enron employee online forum, including that "[t]he third quarter is looking great. We will hit our numbers. We are continuing to have strong growth in our businesses," "we have record operating and financial results," and "the balance sheet is strong." In addition, Lay misled Enron employees regarding his purchases of Enron stock when he informed them that he had purchased additional shares over the last couple of months. In making this statement, Lay concealed that he had made net sales of over $20 million in Enron stock in the preceding two months.

The Oct. 16, 2001, Third Quarter Earnings Release. In a meeting with other senior executives one month prior to Enron's third quarter earnings release, Lay learned that Enron had incorrectly accounted for the Raptors transactions, and that as a result Enron shareholders' equity would be reduced by $1.2 billion. Lay also knew that the Raptors were being terminated and combined with other pending write-downs that would result in an earnings charge of $1.01 billion. Specifically, Lay knew that these two items ” the $1.01 billion earnings charge and the $1.2 billion reduction of shareholder equity ” were unrelated, and that the reduction to shareholder equity was required whether or not the Raptors were terminated. Lay reviewed and approved Enron's earnings release that reported a "nonrecurring" earnings charge of $1.01 billion, a majority of the charge ($544 million) relating to the early termination of the Raptors. Lay knew that the characterization of the termination of the Raptors as "nonrecurring" losses was erroneous and inconsistent both with advice Enron had received from its auditor and Enron's past treatment of Raptor earnings as recurring operating earnings. Lay and others intentionally omitted any reference to the $1.2 billion equity reduction from the press release. In a conference call with analysts to discuss the earnings release, Lay falsely stated that "in connection with the early termination" of the Raptors, Enron's shareholder equity would be reduced by $1.2 billion. Lay did not disclose, as he knew, that the reduction was principally due to a significant accounting error, as opposed to the termination of the Raptors.

Lay's Last Ditch Efforts -- October and November 2001. In an effort to calm deepening public concern regarding the decline in Enron's stock price, Lay participated in conference calls with analysts and others. In these calls, Lay made false and misleading statements regarding Enron's financial health. For example, Lay stated, "[Enron is] not trying to conceal anything. We're not hiding anything," and "[w]e're really trying to make sure that the analysts and the shareholders and the debt holders really know what's going on here. So, we are not trying to hold anything back." In a telephone call with a prominent credit rating agency, Lay falsely stated that Enron and its auditors had "scrubbed" the company's books and that no additional write-downs would be forthcoming. In fact, Lay knew that Enron was carrying its international assets at billions in excess of their fair value and that Enron had failed to disclose a $700 million goodwill impairment. In an all-employee meeting to reassure Enron's employees, Lay falsely described Enron's liquidity, stating that "[o]ur liquidity is fine. As a matter of fact, it's better than fine, it's strong. . ." At the time he made the statement, Lay knew that Enron had been forced to offer its prized pipelines as collateral for a $1 billion bank loan and that the only source of liquidity was a $3 billion line of credit, which was fully utilized on Lay's authority. In addition, Lay made misleading statements about Enron stock and its prospects. Lay misleadingly stated, "as sad as the current market price is . . . [b]ut we're going to get it back" and "that doesn't mean we can't get back up to the $80s or $90s in the no-too-distant future." At the time he made the statement, with Enron stock trading at less than $20 per share, Lay did not disclose that he had quietly sold over $65 million of Enron stock back to the company during 2001.

Lay's Sales of Enron Stock Back to Enron. From Jan. 25, 2001, to Nov. 27, 2001, Lay took advances on a non-collateralized $4 million line of credit with Enron in the total amount of $77,525,000. Thereafter, in twenty separate transactions, Lay repaid the credit line by selling $70,104,762 worth of Enron stock back to the company, at prices he knew did not accurately reflect Enron's true financial condition. For example, after learning of Enron's undisclosed plan to hide over $500 million in EES losses in ENA, Lay sold 1,086,571 shares of Enron common stock back to the company, in 11 transactions, for a total of $34,081,558. Following Skilling's resignation on August 14, 2001, at a point when Lay was learning more about Enron's deteriorating financial condition, Lay sold 918,104 shares of Enron common stock back to the company, in five transactions, totaling $26,066,474. As Lay tried to prop up Enron's stock price following Enron's third quarter earnings release on October 16, 2001, Lay sold 362,051 shares of Enron stock back to the company, in four transactions, totaling $6,050,232. Enron's shareholders and employees, much less the public, did not learn of Lay's sales of Enron stock back to the company until February 2002, over two months after Enron filed for bankruptcy protection.

Lay also made withdrawals from his line of credit totaling $7.5 million between Oct. 24 and Nov. 27, 2001, at a point when Enron's financial condition was crumbling.

Lay's Sales of Enron Stock Pursuant to Amended 10b5-1 Plans. On Nov. 1, 2000, Lay established two program sales plans under Commission Rule 10b5-1. Subsequently, Lay amended both plans. At the time Lay amended both plans, he was in possession of material nonpublic information concerning Enron's deteriorating financial condition, meaning Lay cannot use the plans as a defense to insider trading charges. Under the amended plans, Lay unlawfully sold over 350,000 Enron shares for total proceeds in excess of $20 million. The Commission acknowledges the assistance of the Enron Task Force.

The Commission's investigation is continuing.

There are civilised methods and numerous modern ways to reduce corruption. Which is why the application of any sort of barbarous and crude formular culminating from personal hatred and biase against some individuals just to kill them in the name of fighting this kind of social , moral , and economic problem is not acceptable all!

Has these senseless killings and 13th century B.C. assassinations stoped corruption in Ghana.

Why should Ghanaians allow themselves for "Atetenkona" to hide behind the State and kill to sacrifice for his own develish demands.

You will be blamed unless you allow yourselves to be swayed by mere empty words.

(--Gen.A.A. Afrifa of blessed memory--)

God is the Omnipotent and the creature of all beings!

It not a sin to redeem your people from pepertual dictatorship and slavery!

According to the scriptures, God asked his son Moses to deliver his sons and daughters of Israel from slavery into the promise land.

Which is why Afrifa did the right thing to rescue Ghanaians from a permanent One-Party-State and despicable dictatorship instituted by the life President and his cohorts!

Would you have prefered to be under everlasting despotic rule that gives no chance to democracy?

Afrifa was right!

But, was jerry john Odiawuo rawlings justified to kill Ghanaians in such a senseless manner whilst there are better ways and civilized methods to solve this problem ?

What has his "Atetenkorona" methods done to help Ghana.

Asante Kotoko , Kum apem a, Apem be ba !

Asanteman Nkwa so,

Sikadwa Kofi Nkwa so,

Otumfuo, Nkwa so,

Akanfuo Nkwa so,

Ghanaman Nkwa so,

Utuka, wo Nsa nie,

Felli, wo Nsa nie,

Kotei , wo Nsa nie,

Yaw Boachie , wo Nsa nie,

Amedume, wo Nsa nie,

Akkufo, wo Nsa nie,

Acheampong, wo Nsa nie,

Okatakyie Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa, wo Nsa nie!

Mo nso a, Obi nam Kwan bonee so de hyee mo yeaa na eno nti, mo de koo mo Kraa Akyi no, mo Nsa nie,

Sukuupon mu Okunini Adu-Boahen, wo Nsa nie.

Nipaboneefuo a, won faa ekwan bonee so, ede kum kum moo no, se Asamando wo ho ampa a, enie Mo nkyere mo Tumi.

Dammirifa Due!

Damirifa Due ne mo Amanehunu!

Nipabonefuo no nso nnya Ahoto wo Asaase yi so da!
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Mahama Parishe
Date: 08-29 06:54 

Probe also the extend of involvement of the NPP government in the gruesome murder of the overlord of Dagbong Yaa Naa Yakubu Andani and 40 elders in broad day light without a single arrest up to date in a government that claims to respect the fundamental rights of its citizen. The first incident was on the 9th september 1969 shortly after the NLC handed over power to Busia then Mr. Kuffour was deputy foreign minister.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: O.O.Brempong
Date: 08-29 06:53 

It is true that kwame nkruma Francis Kofi Nwia Ngongloma planted political corruption in Ghana immediately after the nation`s independence with propaganda lies. And that re-produced killers,criminals , State terrorist and dictators like jerry john Arab Odiawuo rawlings and his cohorts to deceive the nation with that communist idealogy.

Francis Kofi Nwia kwame nkruma Ngongloma corrupted Ghana`s political plattform by declaring himself a life President in a One-Party-State,thereby, decieving the Ghanaian electorates. We all know that the electorates went to the pools to vote for a multi- Party system and not a One-Party State.

kwame nkruma`s regime became illegal as soon as it turned into a despotic One-Party-State.

kwame nkruma was a thief who stole the ship and smuggled himself into the United Sates through illegal means.

Francis Kofi Nwia Ngongloma changed his name to kwame nkruma in the United States at Lincoln University and presented himself as Asante Student.

Such a thief does not deserve to be remembered at all times, which is why it is justified for Kotoka and others to remove him out of his ill-acquired position so as to enable democracy to prevail on its natural course!

It is a crime to use your political influence to gain riches, or to secure private or public Businesses and make profit out of it. Such cases amount to Conspiracy, Fraud and Insider Trading.

The case involving Tsatsu Tsikata and TOR is not exception.

Corruption is currently understood to be an impediment to economic and social development. Several perspectives can be adopted to underline this acknowledgement. Corruption undermines the redistributive functions of the state; it biases the allocation of talents and capital; it produces wastes of money and capacities; and many more. It can also be understood from the point of view of business, as it significantly affects the conditions under which they have to operate.

Indeed, corruption is a barrier to the development of dynamic entrepreneurship and of healthy competition for profits, maintaining in its place an environment of unhealthy competition for rents.

In societies where corruption and clientelism are pervasive, competition on the market does not centre on producing at lower costs, or on responding faster to clients` expectations, or on proposing new products or processes. The ability that is rewarded, becomes that of knowing whom to pay, at what moment, through which channels.

Corruption thus impedes the development of a mode of competition based on investment in productive assets. In the long run, corruption not only affects the sharing of the cake but the size of the cake. Corruption and rent-seeking stifle possibilities of accumulation, and thus affect growth trajectories.

The question then is how to fight corruption.

Although the private sector is always acknowledged as a key actor in the corruption problem, it has rarely been considered as having a potential role in the fight against corruption in developing countries and emerging economies and HIPC countries like Ghana. The private sector is, in fact, more often considered as part of the problem and directly involved in corrupt practices, than as part of the solution. Yet, in different countries around the world, initiatives against corruption are taken by the private sector, leading to a reconsideration of the common judgement about the potential participation of this group of actors.

Is this the missing link in the present debate on the fight against corruption or rather, has this approach been left aside for good reasons, because of its lack of pertinence?

The purpose of this article is to assess the potential involvement of the private sector in the fight against corruption. In order to address this question, reasons why the private sector can make a strategic contribution to anti-corruption reforms will be provided.

Secondly, landmarks will be presented to analyse the feasibility and possibility of the involvement of the private sector in the fight against corruption.

The third and fourth part will present concrete experiences of multinational corporations and local firms that are involved in the fight against corruption.

The last part will consider the conditions and initiatives that can facilitate the involvement of the private sector.


There is an emerging consensus ” among what might be called anti-corruption professionals ” on how to fight corruption that proposes a mix of prevention and repression measures. This consensus puts most of the responsibility on reforms at the level of the state and thus points to the need for political will to implement these reforms as the precondition for leading a successful fight against corruption.

But how is this political will established?

The prevailing view highlights the pivotal role of civil society and the exhortation to build the necessary political will. Because citizens are the ultimate victims of corruption, they will put pressure on governments to fight corruption more effectively if they are better informed of the costs to them of corruption, and of their right to have less corruption.

The importance of establishing freedom of information and other civil liberties in the fight against corruption is clear. But two further points can be raised.

Firstly, fighting corruption is something like a war of position, as in the Chinese game of ËœGoa". It is not enough to have a prime minister or president who is convinced that corruption is dragging his or her country down in order to reverse the situation.

Beyond getting the right person in the right place, it requires creating the broader conditions that, in turn, will permit a leader who is convinced of the need to fight corruption to implement the necessary measures.

The second point is that, while the mobilisation of civil society is crucial, lessons also have to be learned from the experiences of several countries where anti-corruption movements with strong support from civil society have repeatedly been successful over the last two decades ” for a few weeks only. Corrupt leaders were replaced, but no lasting changes in social organisations emerged, and within weeks of the change in regime, charges of corruption began to emerge against the new leaders or their teams.

These two points lead to the following conclusion.

It is impossible to cut short the necessary process of building alliances between the different groups that want to reduce corruption. This suggests the need for a fresh look at the role of the private sector. The private sector can be a key piece in the puzzle of the internal political coalition that is necessary to carry forward the required reforms.

Moreover, the private sector`s participation can be determining in ensuring that the fight against corruption is rooted in the building of state and market institutions that will work together in a dialectical relationship to create healthy price competition in the local economy and conditions favourable to the development of the private sector.

But some may ask, if this is really possible.

As mentioned above, it is more common to consider the private sector as an obstacle in the fight against corruption, rather than as an ally.

What motivations could push firms to be involved in the fight against corruption?


For the private sector, the costs of corruption are significant. While some are easily quantified, such as money, other costs are far less tangible but no less significant to affected companies. The following is an overview of some of the major costs of corruption for businesses.

-Money and Time:

Although the amount of money that corruption costs the private sector is difficult to assess, a private sector survey conducted , shows that bribes paid annually is very huge in amount.

This amount represents between 1,25 and 5,15 per cent of a firm`s gross sales, depending on the sector and size of the firm. Small-sized firms and those engaged in commerce face a relatively higher burden of corrupt payments than others. The value of bribes does not decrease proportionally to the size of the firm, and it is probable that commercial activities require more licences (and hence, more bribes) than other activities.

Again ,senior management spends an average of twelve per cent of their time dealing with officials on tax and regulatory requirements.

Although it is not known how much time would have been spent without corruption, it does take time to negotiate corrupt arrangements and to build the necessary personal relations to secure the illegal transaction. The more complex the transaction, such as corruption in public procurement or political corruption, the more time and money it costs the private sector.


The uncertainty created by corruption is another cost that should be considered. This uncertainty extends from the time needed for certain operations, such as the transportation of goods, to changes in the laws and policies governing business. This affects not only a firm`s own operations, but also the operations of its subcontractors and suppliers. It makes the management of stocks and the financing of investment difficult. It also affects the investment behaviour of firms: entrepreneurs tend to keep the size of their business small, or secure their expansion by reinforcing their relations with public officials.

-Secondary Impacts:

Finally, corruption is also expensive in terms of internal management in companies. Repeated corruption will affect a firm`s culture and what could be called its Ëœethical capital".

Employees might begin to participate in corrupt arrangements themselves, seeking or accepting bribes from their suppliers or clients. They may skim a percentage off the corrupt commissions being paid, such as stating that the commission demanded was fifteen per cent of the deal`s value, when the amount delivered was only ten per cent. Or employees may sell a company`s research and development secrets.

Finally, a culture of corruption may affect employees` performance, in as much as they lose respect for the business environment in which they are working and perhaps for the boss personally, as well.

These internal management costs have not been fully recognised or taken into account by the private sector. However, it is clear that they have an important impact on the profile and strategy of the firm, and they diminish the firm`s ability to make the most of its human and capital resources.

On the other hand, it is true that firms that want to mobilise against corruption face several difficulties.

Firstly, they have a problem of co-ordination: it is difficult to avoid participating in corruption when the competitors continue to engage in it (so-called Ëœprisoner`s dilemma").

Besides, mobilising against corruption has a cost (time spent by the managers, risk of reprisal). Thus, entrepreneurs tend to remain passive while profiting from reforms supported by others (Ëœfree-rider problem").

Secondly, the balance of power between the government and entrepreneurs in developing countries like Ghana is often unfavourable to the latter. The private sector in developing and HIPC countries is poorly organised or divided.

Moreover, the state"s economic power is often greater than that of the private sector and the activity of enterprises largely depends on public contracts.

Finally, emerging democracies like Ghana are based on patronage systems: enterprises must often contribute to the financing of political parties to preserve a market they have created or to gain access to a market offered by politicians.

Despite these difficulties, the involvement of the private sector against corruption is observed in several countries. Not all firms live with corruption in the same way, and all firms do not have the same range of possible actions. It is at this point useful to distinguish between multinational subsidiaries and local firms.

Indeed, in the face of corruption, multinationals operate under a different set of opportunities and constraints than do local enterprises. They have the option to exit or not invest at all; they generally do not participate in local politics; and they are accountable to the laws of the home country .

Through concrete examples, the actions that multinational corporations and local firms can take, will be explored.

Examples of multinational corporations involved in the fight against corruption

The participation of multinational corporations in the fight against corruption should be seen in the light of important changes in standard business practices. In the past decade, there has been a strong movement to push corruption`s free rules of competition in international transactions. This movement ” initiated with the adoption of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ” has gained momentum with the signature of several international agreements that contribute to prevent or repress bribery in international trade.

In this context and under the pressure of a sensitised public opinion, more and more firms have been reforming their internal organisation and practices to be in line with the emerging standards.

ËœSelf-regulation" is, of course, the first thing to do. Multinational corporations are striving to instil ethics throughout their corporations, both in compliance with existing laws imposed by those agreements that are binding, and increasingly to benefit from a reputation of social responsibility. Indeed, the recently signed binding international agreements should not only be seen as such, but also as a solution to the prisoner`s dilemma that facilitates self-regulation by multinational firms.

Even if these tools do not cover all forms of subsidiaries, they will contribute to the generalisation of an international business standard, for headquarters as well as for subsidiaries, as the increasing number of firms adopting global codes of ethics show. This is taking place for reasons of prevention, but also for the gains permitted by refusing corruption ” gains in terms of time and money, of internal management and of reputation. Of course, the situation is more complex and problems such as extortion, ways to bypass these conventions or replace money transfers by other means of influence, need to be thoroughly examined.

A few examples of multinational corporations that have adopted internal anti-corruption programmes, and a review of their motivations will be presented. A certain Company has adopted an anti-corruption position for both enlightened and self-interested reasons in recent years: while fostering economic and political development in host countries, its ethics programmes also work to improve the business climate and promote trust in their pharmaceutical products.

Similarly, one company also describes its ethics programme as a corporate reputation initiative.

For another Company, its ethics policy has become a marketing tool. Transparency International noted:

"As these values develop around the world, we are seeing more senior executives standing up to be counted and saying, ËœThis is what our company stands for." And we think more and more that shareholders are behind this and see it as a shareholder value."

What other ethics initiatives are multinational corporations pursuing?

Can multinational firms and their subsidiaries do more than refuse to pay bribes?

Beyond such focused ethics programmes, multinational corporations can work with local governments to disseminate ethical standards. A Certain Company, in co-operation with the Ethics Resource Center, for example, has established ethics institutes in collaboration with some governments .

In setting up the ethics centre in some countries, the company realised that it was imperative "to enlist support ... by a certain number of government leaders who were visionary.

" A certain Managing Director of the Centre for Excellence in Ethics, explained: "We needed to make a pitch for the fact that establishing a centre addresses a need as expressed by the leadership in government which has a vision for the country of becoming the next Hong Kong or Singapore . And those leaders understood that in order for this to happen, there are certain issues related to global expectations on how to do business and global expectations on transparency that needed to be addressed.

" The centre is "... working on a major project with the Ministry of Health in developing a comprehensive health care ethics initiative ... [and] ... also working very closely with the Chamber of Commerce and a certain number of business leaders to promote business ethics and compliance issues in the business communities in the country."


Existing experiences show several areas for action by the private sector in developing countries and emerging economies.

-Raise Awareness:

In the wake of the Asian financial crisis, for example, one company adopted a new activist stance on corruption. A representative of this company hence explains that the first objective is

"... to educate the rest of his country`s private business" on two counts: firstly, that "... it isn`t dangerous to fight against corruption", and secondly, that "... corruption is a burden to business", rather than an aid for them to get by. According to him, "globalisation makes it all the more necessary for his country business to fight corruption because if nothing is being done, his country will lose any competitive advantages to other countries."

In South America one company polled opinion leaders about what it should do to help in the fight against corruption. The opinion leaders expressed a clear "... preference for formal and informal education programs aimed at children and youth. A lot of people said, ËœThere`s nothing to be done with adults here."

In Eeastern Europe, a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has formed to fight corruption. The coalition aims to increase awareness about the issue through public education and discussions, and the dissemination of research findings and policy recommendations. Its awareness activities target three main groups considered to be the key to the success of anti-corruption reform: the general public, policy-makers and Elite professionals. The targeted approach will allow the awareness messages to be tailored to the experience and role played by the various groups.

In one African country, the local Transparency International chapter and the Minister of Justice organised a National Integrity Workshop , drawing upon a business survey and a household survey of experiences with corruption. A member of Transparency explains:

"We had a lot of press coverage and a lot of decisions were taken. Too many decisions, probably, because it`s difficult to follow up as we are all volunteers. But I must say that we`ve managed to get a certain amount of sensitisation around and today it is interesting to see that in both private and public sectors, there is an awareness that we have to fight against corruption."

Set and Follow Standards

In Eastern Europe, a number of businesses have organised an initiative to curb bribery on the supply side. Their initiative entails a voluntary commitment by corporations to adopt codes of conduct ” drawing upon the International Chamber of Commerce model code and Transparency International`s best practices guide to codes of conduct ” followed by a request for governments to adopt a reciprocal code. They are hoping to get more than a hundred foreign and companies to sign the declaration simultaneously.

To promote enforcement, they plan to publish a Ëœwhite" list of participating companies, present awards for companies that follow codes of conduct, and induce the public sector and donors to give preference in procurement and investment funds to companies that participate in the initiative.

In one country out there, a public-private initiative for integrity and economic growth , one of the main industrial areas, has resulted in the Signatories undertook not to bribe anybody, to prevent any bribery they know about, to report cases of bribery, and to develop a general anti-bribery strategy.

Another experience is that of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, with 1 100 major corporations in twenty Pacific Rim economies that adopted a Charter on Standards for Transactions between Business and Government, prohibiting bribery and calling for corporate codes of conduct, auditing controls, and other safeguards.

In the same vein, Transparency International has spearheaded the concept of integrity pacts in public procurement. A South American chapter, has worked with one province and the municipality of one big city to introduce these no-bribery pledges to the bidding process that all bidders and relevant government officials must sign. Any breach of these pledges renders an offending party ineligible for participation in future contracts.

Transparency International worked with the Federation of Publicly Listed Companies and the Institute of Corporate Governance to produce a national code of best practice on corporate governance. It seems indeed that one of the lessons that can be drawn from the Southeast Asian crisis is that there should be full disclosure of information and the development of national codes on best practices of corporate governance. These could be industry driven.

The Ethics Development Centre, set up by the Independent Commission Against Corruption , helps companies to formulate codes of conduct and draft guidelines to help employees to observe them.

According one official Commissioner of the ICAC, "over 1,500 publicly listed companies have now formulated codes of conduct for their staff."

The Ethics Development Centre also offers corruption prevention advice to businesses that are custom-made to fit their needs, serving about 200 clients in the private sector every year.

In addition, chambers of commerce are working in partnership with ICAC to train managers and workers in the private sector on the provisions of anti-corruption laws.

Assist with Monitoring

One Eastern European country is monitoring the effectiveness of policy change efforts in all major areas envisioned in the Action Plan and the functioning of established anti-corruption institutions. It does this by tracking corruption-related attitudes, experiences and perceptions, and publishing the information on a regular basis.

Similarly, the West African Enterprise Network is a club of more than 300 entrepreneurs that was formed in 1991 to promote trade with the subregion. They have decided to launch an Observatory of Abnormal Practices that will capture data on irregular customs operations and report them on a monthly basis to private sector organisations and governments in the subregion. One member of the network, explains:

"Our aim is to test the commitment of those governments and sub-regional organisations to really fight against corruption because they won`t have any excuse like we weren`t aware of the situation."

The International Federation of Engineering Consultants, comprising member associations from 67 countries, is proposing development of a new international standard for integrity assurance. Indeed, the engineering consulting industry has already used a code of ethics in all countries for years. By applying these internal standards to project evaluation, just as it is done with quality assurance, this will be a thrust towards eliminating corruption.

In South America, Transparency International chapters are beginning a programme to monitor the implementation and ratification of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption. According to Transparency International, the private sector "... can assist that by providing expertise and assistance on specific reform measures."

Advocate for Anti-corruption Reform

A certain country has developed an action plan that went through stages of analysis and consultations on various levels and among all concerned institutions. Six expert working groups covered areas ranging from the reform of the judiciary and public administration to the role of the media and international aspects of fighting corruption. A policy forum attended by government ministers, heads of central government agencies, members of parliament, business associations, NGOs and representatives of international organisations endorsed the action plan . The coalition will hold subsequent annual policy forums to review the progress achieved and provide guidelines for the next period.

The National Association of Entrepreneurs began work on reform proposals to combat corruption. It has focused on six areas: the administration of justice, public procurement, customs, social security systems, privatisation and financial management. Its proposals for judicial reform were well received by the national parliament and were incorporated into the new Constitution. The association is now articulating its other proposals.

The Chamber of Commerce identified the proliferation of rules, laws and procedures for conducting business as a source of corruption, finding that some 50 000 rules has been added. To counter this problem, the Chamber has drafted model laws to make them simple, understandable and short. The top bureaucrats and politicians in the country have indicated that they are willing to adopt them.

In the context of the excessive rotation of functionaries in the public sector, one Foundation aims to provide continuity in public policy through the creation of a free-standing, permanent organisation focused on anti-corruption. It could influence politics significantly by supplying information and advice in a non-partisan way.

Chief executive officers (CEOs) of manufacturing companies met with the government to advocate reform in port operations. They identified corruption in port services as the reason why they exported their goods through a certain port rather than the refurbished another port. As a result of this dialogue, the government has taken steps to clean up the port and manufacturers are now using it.

In the last decade, the my country`s government was not willing to sign the OECD Convention, arguing that it was against the interests of the business in this country. To counter this position, Transparency International organised an open letter from eight CEOs that was sent to the our minister who was the key to the process, as well as to the press. The letter said:

"Please sign the OECD Convention. It`s in the interests of this country`s business to sort this matter out, because we`re caught in a mess that we want to get out of and we`re looking to the government to provide us with part of the solution." When the voice of these CEOs came through, my county`s resistance to the Convention ended.

Conditions for the involvement of the private sector against corruption

Not all firms are likely to get involved in the fight against corruption as some benefit more than others from corrupt systems. For multinationals as well as for local business, some firms will have more interest than others in transforming a system of corruption and unhealthy competition for rent into a system of healthy price competition for profit.

Clearly, entrepreneurs who have invested in training their workers and in developing or acquiring highly competitive technologies, for example, have a strong interest in operating in an environment where they can capitalise on those investments through competition for profit. They can be strong allies in the fight against corruption.

It is also important to be pragmatic in the struggle against corruption. Entrepreneurs operating in developing countries and emerging economies often come into contact with corrupt practices and bribe solicitation regularly, if not daily. Many of them can be part of an anti-corruption drive, even if they themselves are sometimes guilty of corruption, in so far as they understand that they will be better off if they could operate in an environment where business practices guided by the rule of law prevail over those of corruption.

It is easier for the private sector to enter the battle when it can rely on another pillar: when the judicial system is functioning or when at least part of the government is committed to fight corruption.

Finally, the experiences mentioned above bring the valuable role that business associations can play to the attention.

Business associations can provide an organisational solution to both the prisoner`s dilemma and free rider problems. Such associations may take the form of national or transnational networks of entrepreneurs, or official entrepreneurs` associations, for example. They can facilitate different types of action, such as:

-the adoption of codes of ethics and transparent accounting standards;

-involvement in negotiations to reform the business environment;

-acting as a pressure group for necessary public reforms; and

-perform Ëœwatchdog" activities to help strengthen the rule of law.

It is important, however, to make a further comment on the nature of these organisations. In developing and HIPC countries like Ghana, entrepreneurs` associations are often tied to political power through opaque relations of corruption.

What are referred to here, in contrast, are organisations that have the quest for the establishment and maintenance of conditions of healthy price competition as one of their founding principles. They must act as transparent and capable mediators to set up rules that will favour such competition. It may also be useful to allow or perhaps even to promote competition between and among different mediators on policy issues ” such as industry standards and regulations. But even this competition must be backed by the establishment, by the state, of a powerful and independent competition agency.

Such an agency is needed to ensure that these business associations do not have anti-competitive effects. Setting up such independent business associations will require discussions and negotiations between firms that favour the move towards working competition and firms that may fear the move, or resist it. Platforms for such negotiations are indispensable.

The variety of experiences presented here have shown that the private sector can be an important actor in the fight against corruption. But even if it has managed to correct the assumption that businesses cannot be allies in anti-corruption reforms, this article remains a very small step.

For example, more research is needed in order to understand clearly how to facilitate the constitution of business groups that will support and defend anti-corruption drives.

It is also important to see what support can be provided by external actors to this process.

One might question whether it is appropriate for governmental aid agencies to turn to private sector associations when collaboration with the local government to implement recommended reforms proves to be difficult. Indeed, this may contribute to weaken the state further in the eyes of the local society, which can contribute to deligitimise state institutions and shake the political equilibrium in the long run.

From a more theoretical perspective, the issue of the position of the private sector vis-Ã -vis corruption phenomena can be a very productive entry point to analyse corruption.

It would include the relations between the state and the private sector. In some countries like Ghana, the state, through its direct control and by its mode of government armed with corruption, has limited the development of an independent private sector.

It is very likely that, in such countries, privatisation merely leads to the private control of former nationalised firms by those in the arcane of public power.The Ahwoi`s (CASHPRO), Konadu Agyeman`s (Nsawam Cannery) and the Kwabena Adjei`s (Leasing Company) are example here.

In other countries, states, even if corrupt, have still permitted the development of a private sector, quite separate from the political power. It is obviously that the private sector in the latter situations will be in a position to support anti-corruption reforms.

The type of relation existing between the public sphere and the private sphere appears to be of interest in dealing with another important issue. It is tempting to say that it is pertinent to distinguish between configurations of corruption that are more or less negative to economic development.

As the implementation of anti-corruption programmes is always meant to run against strong political obstacles, it might be pertinent to raise the question of the best path to follow to reach a low corruption state. It may hence be interesting to see to what extent it is possible to transit through intermediary stages, that would leave more space and give more autonomy to the private sector as a preliminary step.

This would favour economic development based on an independent and competitive private sector in the long term and, in turn, would also facilitate the control of corrupt practices.

Stop recieving bribes for they are corruption!

One Political leader in Ghana, once said;

"Don`t recieve gifts for they are bribes"

(--Dr.K.A Busia former Prime Minister of Ghana, 1969-1972--).

Stop corruption, it is distroying society including your own offspring!

"Those who habour thiefs and criminals and defend to protect them are also themselves thieves"
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Nana Barima Afrani
Date: 08-29 06:23 

Let them first investigate how a national asset [Nsawam Cannery] should turn out to become a peronal property for rawlings group and their families under the theme "Everybody have the right to own a property".

Every Ghanaian is aware that; Under the P/NDC, the right to own a property is to divert a national asset into your personal private use which is known as "divestiture". And this practice was designed for members only.

But for non members ["dessidents"],such an act is a theft and corruption which is liable for sentencing to death, followed by perversion of humilation, toucture and hooting before execution in public with the gun.

In other words , and in accordance to the P/NDC "Apoobo highway regime" it is corruption and a crime that deserves capital punishment when political opponents engage in similar businesses.

But on the other hand, it is viewed as morally right and lawful for P/NDC members to take a loan from the government and use it to buy any government asset for personal use and allow the company to pay off its debts and all affiliated cost of production through the proceeds of the companies own net profit.

Because "all men are equal but some are more equal than others".

This concept is based on the doctrines of their socialist political father ,kwame nkruma who proclaimed that ; " seek ye first the political kingdom and all things must be added onto it.

That is; "seek first for the political kingdom through all foul means and you will be rich over-night.

What a funny "Apoobo" communist law!

Now read the following articles to inform yourself

- GHANA:Carridem bought Nsawam cannery for 2.9bn cedis -

Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings on Thursday told an Accra Fast Track High Court that Carridem Development Company (CDC), a limited liability company, bought Nsawam Food Cannery for 2.9 billion cedis.

Mrs Rawlings said CDC paid the money to the Divesture Implementation Committee (DIC) in instalments with the last instalment being paid in 2000.

She, however, admitted that CDC's debt of 750 million cedis had accrued to 2.8 billion cedis but said the Lawyers of Carridem and those of ECOBANK were holding discussion on it.

She was answering questions under cross-examination by Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, Counsel for Western Publication, Mrs Gina Blay and Ato Sam, Editor and Deputy Editor, respectively, of the "Daily Guide" newspaper.

Mrs Rawlings has sued the "Daily Guide" newspaper and Mr Ato Sam, alias Baby Ansabah and Mrs Blay and Western Publications, publishers of the "Daily Guide", for libel.

The newspaper, in its Wednesday, July 6, 2005, edition published a story titled, "Milking the Sacred Cow - Konadu owes 2.8 billion to the State."

Nana Konadu, who is also a gender consultant; further admitted that as the Chairperson of CDC Board of Directors, she appended her signature on the sale and purchase agreement.

She denied using her influence as the Former First Lady to purchase the Cannery.

When asked which part of the publication had bothered her, Mrs Rawlings mentioned that the screaming headline, the words and her picture displayed on the front page of the newspaper.

"I don't have any problem with the body of the publication but it had some inference to my reputation. It is as if I have used m y influence to collect monies from the Bank for my private use.

"Though the story did not make any allegation of fraud and stealing against me, it had damaged my reputation on both local and international scene. Most of my projects to be funded by the donor community have been halted."

Explaining the operation of the DIC, to the Court presided over by Mrs Justice Iris Heward-Mills, she said the Committee in its operations announced the duration for the sale and purchase of firms, adding that until all payments were made one could not take over the firm. "My Lord, you need to complete all payments before taking over, else the DIC would take some shares until final payment."

Mrs Rawlings denied that CDC took possession of the Nsawam Food factory before making the final payment explaining that the DIC gave them letters before they entered the premises of the factory.

Defence Counsel: "You entered the premises of Nsawam Food Factory and controlled affairs?"

Mrs Rawlings: "No, we only controlled the security"

Defence Counsel: "After CDC bought the factory, you turned round to take a loan from Government to rehabilitate it?"

Mrs Rawlings: "Yes, my Lord. The loan was handled by ECOBANK Ghana under the Trade and Investment Programme (TIP)."

Defence Counsel: "Has CDC been able to pay for the loan facility?"

Mrs Rawlings: "No, my Lord, because CDC could not fulfil international standardisation on re-equipping the factory and construct a tunnel for workers. Due to these problems, CDC had to halt its production. Until all these were done we would not be able to exports to Europe."

Continuing with her evidence in chief, Mrs Rawlings narrated discussions being held between CDC and ECOBANK on the debt of the Company.

Mrs Rawlings, who was led by her counsel Mr Tony Lithur, tendered various correspondence sent to the Bank on the payments. Mrs Rawlings said she had not benefited from the loan.

She said since CDC could not meet the international standardisation; operations of the factory had to be halted. The Former First Lady in her November 23, 2005 suit demanded general damages including aggravated and/or exemplary damages for libel in respect of the words published by the defendants on the front page of the July 6, 2005 edition of the paper.

She is further praying the court to restrain the defendants from further publishing similar or other libellous statements or stories about her.

The Defendants in their statement of defence contended that the words together with the story that followed them were fair comments on matters of public interest.

( source: Ghana national Council )

Article II:

(PART 2 OF 2)

-Born To Destroy: The Legacy Of Rawlings-

Whilst you were away, we discussed, in Part 1 of the above article, the brilliant vision Dr Nkrumah had for our country. We saw how under his administration he embarked on a massive industrialization program. We then began to examine how majority of the industries that Nkrumah had spent his life building fared in the hands of the ‘destroyer’. We saw how chairman Rawlings, by the stroke of his pen, shut down the Tomato factory at Pwalugu and at Wenchi, and also the Meat Processing Factory at Bolgatanga. By the stroke of his pen, the livelihood of the farmers and the employees of these factories were taken away. The Born-Destroyer clandestinely set out to shut down all the industries that Dr. Nkrumah started. IMF had said ‘diversify State-owned companies’, they didn’t say ‘shut them down and let the equipment rust’. The NDC demigod rather preferred to shut those factories down. The few factories he didn’t shut down were sold to his cronies at marked-down prices, with some covert kickbacks taking place.

You may be wondering exactly what happened to other Dr. Nkrumah factories. What did chairman Rawlings do to them? Continental Hotel now Golden Tulip Hotel was sold to a partnership between the Libyans and Rawlings’ cronies as the Ghana-Libyan Arab Holding Co Ltd. for $3,578,125. GHACEM was sold to SCANCEM of Norway for $3 million. GIHOC’s Abosso Glass Factory was sold to the Togolese Opposition Leader, Gilchrist Olympio. West African Mills and GIHOC Electronics were sold to Kofi Kludjeson, former President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). Prestea and Tarkwa Goldfields were each sold for $3 million – The Statesman (October 23, 2002) . And as if to give us the finger and show us the impunity with which he regards us, chairman Rawlings virtually handed over Kwame Nkrumah’s Nsawam Cannery to his beloved wife, Konadu-Agyeman Rawlings. He dipped his filthy hands into our coffers, took all he could, gave a few to his wife as a loan to purchase Kwame Nkrumah’s factory. Today, Konadu-Agyeman Rawlings is crying witch-hunting. She says she won’t pay back the money or the interest on the principal. She is virtually telling us that Kwame Nkrumah’s Nsawam Cannery is hers! It’s only in Ghana that a woman who never held any paid job would be able to own Kwame Nkrumah’s Nsawam Cannery. For all we know, Konadu-Agyeman Rawlings’ husband’s industrialization policy was centered on the opening of more Gari Factories. How she realized that a Cannery is more desirable than Gari Factories only God knows! And why her husband didn’t establish such modern industries like the Nsawam Cannery but preferred Gari Industries, only she and her husband can tell. You closed down the few factories that our first President established and replaced them with Gari Processing Factories, and those that you didn’t close down you sold them to your cronies at a paltry sum, and then with impunity you claimed Kwame Nkrumah’s Nsawam Cannery for your wife. Then you tell us Konadu-Agyeman Rawlings is also a woman of integrity. Kleptomaniacs!

Did you know that even Accra Hearts of Oak, one of our national clubs, until recently was actually a personal property of Rawlings’ cohorts? “Ato Ahwoi, Board Chairman and Professor John Evans Atta Mills, a former Director of Accra Hearts of Oak, who are technically the owners of the club as they are the only living shareholders, have decided to relinquish their shares to pave way for a new floatation” – GNA (November 27, 2005) .How Ato Ahwoi and Fiifi Mills got to own Accra Hearts of Oak, only God knows! When was Hearts of Oak’s shares listed on the Stock Exchange? How Ato Ahwoi and Fiifi Mills managed to generate the funds to buy Hearts is a mystery for the ages. But I’m not shocked. If the (P)NDC government had lasted a decade more, I’m very sure that we’d wake up one day to find out that Ghana belonged to Ato Ahwoi, or chairman Rawlings himself or his wife!

And the manner with which the chairman went about the divestiture of Nkrumah’s industries show how corrupt and dishonest he is. His worshippers are going to rain insults, but dear reader I ask you to exercise patience for I will expose the facts and you’ll be the judge as to who’s speaking the truth or not. I also ask you, dear reader, that when you read the response of Rawlings’ cultists to this article ask yourself if they are contesting facts or just engaging in insults.

Now here are the facts. Over sixty (60) of Ghana’s State-owned companies were placed on divestiture and sold between 1989 and 1992. The Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC) was the body set up by the PNDC junta to oversee this process. The law which gave legal backing to the DIC was not passed until January 5th, 1993. So in effect, between 1989 to the passage of PNDC Law 326 Emmanuel Agbodo’s DIC was an illegality which was selling Kwame Nkrumah’s companies. So what made the PNDC decide to legalize the DIC in January 1993 after it had operated for many years without any legal backing? The Fourth Republican Constitution (1992 Constitution) was about to become operational, so they needed to cover their backs. Friend, do not forget that although our current constitution is referred to as the 1992 Constitution it did not become operational until January 7th, 1993 after a constitutional President and Legislature had been sworn into office. We call that document the 1992 Constitution because that was the year Ghanaians accepted the document in a referendum. But after the referendum, the PNDC dictatorship was still in power till January 7th, 1993 when the (P)NDC’s Jesus, their Godfather, or better yet, their demigod, chairman Rawlings cloaked himself under civilian garbs and pretended to be a civilian Head of State. Hence, two clear days before the constitution became operational; the PNDC passed the Divestiture Law (PNDC Law 326) to cover their behind by retroactively taking effect from January 1st, 1988. Smart criminals!

In Section 15 of the same law they inserted another indemnity clause: “No action shall be brought and no court shall entertain any proceedings against the State, the committee or any member or officer of the committee in respect of any act or omission arising out of a disposal of any interest made or under consideration under this law.” That’s “justice” Rawlings’ style for you, folks! Everyone in Ghana can be prosecuted for an act of commission or omission, except if that individual is Rawlings or any of his cohorts. They are above the law. Yet chairman Rawlings continuously wastes the ears of Ghanaians saying that he only seeks justice. But ‘Justice’ would have demanded that all Ghanaians are equal before the law. But no! Rawlings is different. He is God to his NDC cult, so he must be made to enjoy an indemnity. You ask yourself, “If he were that clean as he likes the world to believe, why would he continuously hide himself under indemnity clauses?”

When the NPP came to power, the fraudulent handing over of Nkrumah’s Abosso Glass Factory to Togo’s Gilchrist Olympio (one of Rawlings best friends) was quickly abrogated. “Cabinet has decided that the lease of the GIHOC (Abosso) Glass Manufacturing Company Limited, to Tropical Glass Company Limited (TGCL), should be abrogated and the company returned to the Divestiture Implementation Committee (DIC) for re-divesting.” – Accra Mail (May 18, 2002) .

In 1981, when chairman Rawlings came to power, Ghana’s Shipping Line, the BlackStar Line, had 14 vessels. These were ships that belonged to the Republic of Ghana. By the time Rawlings left power he had shut down the Black Star Line which Nkrumah had built, sold all of the 14 vessels, and rendered our fellow citizens who worked as seamen jobless! “The National Union of Seamen (NUS) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) on Monday appealed to Parliament to expedite action in passing the Ghana Merchant Bill which is before it. Mr. Ebenezer K. Ackah, Deputy General Secretary of the Union, said many seamen have remained unemployed after the 14 Blackstar Line vessels were sold” - BSL’s Demise Puts Seamen Out of Jobs - GNA . Yes, one man builds, only for another to destroy. Nkrumah built, only for Rawlings to destroy. Wonder why we haven’t progressed much?

Where are the GIHOC industries that Nkrumah started? Jerry shut them all down, and sold a few of them to his friends. One prized one – the Nsawam Cannery – was handed to the love of his life. He took a loan from Ghana to buy Nkrumah’s factory for his wife at a marked-down price. Then he and his ‘atiaa-adonko’ have refused to pay back that loan plus any interest. And when the Kufuor Administration decided to take them to court, they cry the popular NDC cry – “witch-hunting!” Other Nkrumah factories like the Jute Factory and also the Shoe Factory were left to rust. City Hotel used to be one of the premier hotels in the country. Today it’s more a forest than anything. It’s only now being rehabilitated by the Kufuor Administration to provide accommodation for the CAN 2008 which Ghana is hosting. One leader built, another destroyed, and yet another is rebuilding. Where does that leave Ghana? Square-one? You bet!

Take a good look at the Presidential Lodge at Peduase. This facility was built by Nkrumah as an excellent place for the highest office holder of our land to take a sabbatical at. It also served as an excellent place to host visiting Heads of State. By the time he left office in January 2001, the Presidential Lodge had become a mini-forest – it had been overgrown by weeds, and all the dangerous reptiles which come with it had taken refuge there. The Kufuor Administration decided to restore this facility back to its former glory. Yes, Nkrumah build, Rawlings destroyed, only for Kufuor to restore that facility. Even the very seat of government, the Osu Castle was being left to go into a state of disrepair until it was refurbished when the new administration came into office in 2001. Get video clips of how the office of Ghana’s President was before 2001, and compare it to how it looks today, and you’ll agree that a Born-Destroyer ruled this country for far too long.

Take if from me! There was a time that trains run between several cities in Ghana. As unbelievable as this may seem to some people today, trains did in fact carry passengers between many citizens in the southern parts of our country. Trains carried passengers and goods from Accra to Kumasi, to Cape Coast, Sekondi, Tarkwa, etc. Under chairman Rawlings watch, the Ghana Railways Corporation collapsed! Where is the Omnibus Service Authority (OSA)? Collapsed and destroyed under Rawlings’ watch! Today we have tried to rebuild what was destroyed via the Metro Mass Transit Service (MMTS). How would we, as a country, ever progress if all we do is destroy and then rebuild? Under Rawlings’ watch Ghana Airways underwent a debt of $130 million – GNA (August 2001) . When the Kufuor Administration finally restructured the company as Ghana International Airlines (GIA), those who share the same mindset as the Destroyer are hell-bent on making sure that GIA collapses. Sad, but true!

Now take a look at our education system. Our education system which used to be the envy of all our African sister-countries was left to dilapidate only for us to start rebuilding them. Ghanaian schools, in the past, provided quality education for future African leaders. Today our schools produce more dog-chain sellers than intellectuals. Enticed by an IDA loan offer of about $1.2 Billion to modernize our schools, chairman Rawlings introduced the JSS and SSS system. On paper, it wasn’t a bad idea at all. In fact, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia had foreseen the need for us to offer practical education to our children, and that’s why he started the Experimental Schools on a pilot basis. He had planned to extend it to all parts of the country. But then he was removed from power only after 2 years in office. So the JSS and SSS concept is not bad. But chairman Rawlings’ implementation of that program is the root cause of the increase in illiteracy rate in the country. It’s the reason why we have so many of our youngsters choosing petty trading over academic work. If one is not successful in obtaining SSS education from the likes of the Achimotas, Adisadels, Wesley Girls, etc, the chances of the person progressing academically is severely challenged because the disparity between the quality education from the likes of the above schools and the average school at, say a rural area, is very wide. But how many of our children can be so lucky to get a Wesley Girls’ education? Where does that leave the rest of the not so fortunate Ghanaian kid?

It’s interesting noting that after giving us the JSS/SSS system, and destroying our universities due to very poor funding and the gross disrespect for academic intellectuals, Rawlings sent all her kids to the UK to get quality education. He gave you JSS/SSS and poorly funded universities which produced dog-chain sellers, and university graduates who are inadequately trained, yet his own kids: Ezenator and her siblings were all educated in Scotland (land of their father’s ancestors). Today, Ezenator is a medical doctor, and your own kids, nieces and nephews are busy on the streets of Kumasi and Accra engaged in “apempem-store” (petty trading) – selling dog chains!

The Rawlings’ and Fiifi Mills’ generation benefited from Nkrumah’s education policy. In display of their appreciation for the good education they got they left the next generation with schools that yearly churns out educated-illiterates. I quite remember when during science periods at my National Service location, students had to retrieve the laboratory equipments (beakers) from an ice-chest that was kept safe under the Headmaster’s bed. The Ghana Education Service under Rawlings’ watch had distributed laboratory equipments to all JSS schools in a yellow ice-chest which had a green lid. And with these equipments Ghana was supposed to produce the next Albert Einsteins, or geniuses! The destruction that our academic institutions suffered under chairman Rawlings’ watch will affect this country for generations to come. No country ever developed without serious advancement in their academic institutions. But fortunately for the NDC the miseducation of the Ghanaian and the constant churning of semi-educated illiterates by our schools serve their party well. They have a constant stock of vulnerable people that are more susceptible to their propaganda of lies.

One of the most popular cry of Rawlings and his NDC is that ‘they are no jobs in the country’. In April 1999, a year before he and his party were to lose power, Rawlings personally supervised the bulldozing of Alhaji Yusuf’s newly completed, and fully furbished multimillion dollar hotel. Today, there are no jobs, and Alhaji Yusuf is justifiably suing the State for that act of Rawlings which was not supported by any court order. And Rawlings’ is a man that seeks justice! It was only out of sheer jealousy that the Alhaji’s hotel was destroyed by the born-destroyer. There are no jobs in the country, yet chairman Rawlings can call on the entire country in a campaign message that was picked up by the BBC to boycott Appiah-Menka Factory’s products just because Appiah-Menka (a full-blooded Ghanaian entrepreneur) belongs to a different political ideology than the NDC’s God – chairman Rawlings. There’s no point in going through the destruction of Ghanaian businessmen and women that the NDC and their Godfather meted to our people. Everyone knows it. And to a large extent that explains why there are not many businesses in Ghana and subsequently less employment opportunities. It’s easier to destroy than to build. And it will definitely take years for the NPP administration to rebuild the confidence of Ghanaian entrepreneurs in our own economy, which Rawlings worked hard in 20 years to destroy.

Now talk about the human lives that he destroyed! The infants who had to grow up without their mother’s breast milk and without the safe and assuring comfort of a mother’s arms all because Rawlings ordered and supervised the abduction, murder, and burning of their mothers. Remember Justice Koranteng? Remember the other Justices who were murdered and their remains burnt on orders from chairman Rawlings? Today, a Charles Taylor look-alike can accuse others of human rights abuses. I won’t even mention Giwa, who was so tortured that he had his manhood sliced off his body and shoved inside his mouth before his death. I refuse to recall the gruesome and disgraceful stripping of our mothers naked on the streets and the subjection of them to whips all because they had dared sold items for profit. Whatever moved those people was nothing but a demonic spirit. And time and time again, Rawlings has reminded Ghanaians that that same spirit which moved him and his people against our noble citizens still exists in him – that demonic spirit of destruction.

For the sake of fairness, I’ll credit chairman Rawlings with the tarring of lots of roads during his two (2) decades in power. Unfortunately for his cultists, President Kufuor has shown us that it shouldn’t have taken 20 good years to achieve that, for it could be done in 4 years. I also credit Rawlings with the implementation of the Self-Help Electrification Program under which many villages purchased their own electricity poles and got the ECG to extend electricity to them from Nkrumah’s Akosombo Dam. He deserves credit for these two programs. To those who credit Rawlings with our democracy, I say “not so fast!” If the PNDC had not forced themselves on us through a coup d’etat would Ghana have been under a constitutional government or not? Was Dr. Hilla Limann’s government a dictatorship? Wasn’t he popularly elected by the people? So without Rawlings’ PNDC Ghana had democracy. It was rather Rawlings who reintroduced dictatorship when he seized power again and abolished political parties, dissolved parliament, and ushered us into the Period of Silence where any word against the chairman of the NDC’s revolution was tantamount to being murdered. Democracy was restored to Ghana not because of Rawlings’ own choosing (unless if you don’t believe his own words, for he himself has often confessed that he doesn’t like nor believe in multiparty democracy). The democracy we now have is a result of constant agitation within our country by the then anti-PNDC group and also by the International Financial institutions who insisted that they’ll cut finances to our country if we don’t become democratic. So to those who want to give credit where it’s not due I have one other question: Should we thank the guy who stole our property and returned it only after he was forced to do so…should we thank this guy for returning to us own our property? Should we credit him with gifting us our own property? Such argument can only come from the NDC, for they are noted for illogical arguments.

But indeed, the evidence that chairman Rawlings’ true legacy lies in his acts of destruction is abundant and overwhelming to the honest and truthful. He was born to destroy. He destroyed Ghanaian Industries; destroyed our Transportation system, including the OSA, Ghana Railways, and Ghana Airways; he destroyed our academic institutions and turned them into institutions that churn out more dog-chain sellers than intellectuals; he destroyed the Ghanaian entrepreneurial spirit by actively working to collapse Ghanaian-owned businesses in their own land of birth; and finally he actively worked to literally destroy human lives by subjecting noble citizens to torture, murder, and gross human rights abuses. Today Rawlings wants to choose Ghana’s next leader so that that leader would pursue the ideals of his June 4th and 31st December murderous escapade. The blood of the people that he spilled and ‘drank’ on June 4th, 1979 was not enough…he needs more blood to quench or calm his insatiable thirst for the blood of the innocent. He wants to destroy again, so that another future leader would have the onerous task of rebuilding. The question I ask is: “would we ever learn? Would we ever progress as a country if all we do is allow the Rawlingses to destroy the little we have and then we hope to rebuild in the future? We should have no place in our country’s highest office for the Born-Destroyer and any of his anointed saints. Period!

( Kwammena , Ato)
Date: 08-29 06:05 

Author: Vida(New York)
Date: 08-29 06:00 

You are just day dreaming, who is going to vote for NDC to come to power? Do you think Ghanaians are fools and will vote ndc again? wait for 2024 to come to power and probe the cocaines you brought into this country; probe the wee smoking of rawlings; probe the Narcotic Consultant/women panties consultant Mettle Nunnoo; probe the judges murder; continue to dream, Baba Jamal. If you see how NPP has developed Ghana, do you think somebody will bring you back to destroy it and take us back to a pit. NDC will get another first round beating by NPP in 2008. Mark it on the wall.
Re: NDC will probe missing cocaine ....
Author: Take that
Date: 08-29 05:41 

His 40 year old son bought a Hotel next to his father home at Airport residential area. Where did he get the money from? This some ring a bell in your ears. The Gizlle cover up. probe them all. How can a this young young buy a Hotel of such magnitude. No way?
Judges murder as well.
Author: Mark,
Date: 08-29 05:40 

Yes, coke is good, but who murder are judges? we want you to probe that as well.
Author: EEI
Date: 08-29 05:25 

House Cleaning Part 2
Author: Addai
Date: 08-29 05:24 

By that time the stuff has gotten into the brains of more Ghanaians and they will be demanding more blood to flow than House Cleaning Part 1.

There will be mourning and wailing in Ashanti land and the king will be in sackcloth.

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