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Is the NPP An Integral Part Of Ghana's Drug Problems?

Wed, 6 Jul 2011 Source: Mensah, Nana Akyea

Feature Article, by Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.

I am very surprised that the NPP seems to be the only political party

unilaterally feeling the heat of a declaration that was essentially meant

for all the political parties in Ghana. All the other political parties have

welcomed the declaration by the NACOB boss concerning the influence of drug

barons on some politicians, and the threat that this represents to our

body-politic. Why this is clearly amazing is the fact that the Executive

Secretary of NACOB did not even single out a political party in Ghana. It

was a general appeal or warning to all political parties.

Let us have another look of what Mr. Akrasi Sarpong said:

“if any politician dares us (NACOB) and uses narcotics money for politics,

that person will be sorry. Whether you are an NDC or NPP or CPP or whatever,

you will be sorry!”

He did not mention any goat. All he said was that “his outfit has

information that some politicians are heavily funded by drug barons adding

that NACOB will deal with any politician caught to be using proceeds from

the illicit trade notwithstanding the party that the person belongs to.”

Is the NPP a part of the solution or a part of the problem? That is the

question!

One of the latest attempts to deal with the issue comes from Dr. Arthur

Kennedy, whose complaint is that "*On the face of it, there is nothing wrong

with the NACOB’S boss sounding the alarm on drugs." Dr. Kennedy then

postulates: "*However, a careful reading of Mr. Sarpong’s comments, together

with comments by other government officials show clearly that Mr. Sarpong’s

comments may be part of a public relations campaign to link the NPP to drugs

and thus dent its reputation and support." See: "The use of narcotic money

in our

politics

".

What we would like Dr. Kennedy to throw more light on is a statement

attributed to him during his ill-fated bid for the flag-bearership of the

NPP. Some of us would like to know if he did or he did not caution “NPP

delegates who would be voting to elect their presidential candidate to be

mindful of some of the aspirants who have been going round splashing money

on them because the source of the money could be a questionable one.”?

I read the story from the following link, never saw the original news story,

that is why I am asking! I got the story from here: “Tell them that they may

know”,

by FOKAA (FRIENDS OF KENNETH ASAFO-ADJEI), Feature Article | Sun, 21 Dec

2008:

“If we do not take our time, one cocaine dealer would just take his money

and buy this country and put our lives in danger.” – Dr. Arthur Kennedy. “Dr

Kwabena Arthur Kennedy also cautioned NPP delegates who would be voting to

elect their presidential candidate to be mindful of some of the aspirants

who have been going round splashing money on them because the source of the

money could be a questionable one.”

Also, whilst at it, is it possible for Dr. Kennedy to kindly elaborate on

how he managed to examine Akufo-Addo with your bare eyes and be able to

claim, as a medical officer, that "Akufo Addo does not a drop of cocaine in

his blood"? I read the following on Ghanaweb General News of Sunday, 28

November 2010, "Akufo-Addo Doesn’t Have A Drop Of Blood Tainted With Cocaine

-

Physician

"

"A certified medical practitioner" the story began, "says he can officially

state that Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, flag bearer of the opposition NPP

does not even have a minute drop of cocaine in his blood. He claims as a

medical doctor who has handled several cases of drug abuse and addicts, he

can attest to the fact that Nana Addo is not a drug addict." Just by looking

at him, "Dr. Kobina Arthur Kennedy says he is certain that Nana Addo has

never been under the influence of drugs"!Apart from examining him with his

eyes, the only other "evidence" Dr. Kennedy provided was this: "Speaking on

CitiFM’s Big Issues programme, the physician revealed that Nana Addo told

him on countless occasions in their private conversations that he has never

tasted or sniffed cocaine before."

I want Arthur Kennedy to answer the following:

"Is Arthur Kennedy telling us he has a medical laboratory attached to his

eye sights?

Did he ask Mr. Akufo-Addo to even open his mouth for him to examine his

teeth? You don't need to be a medical doctor to know that one of the

symptoms of the premature loss of teeth is as a result of a long period of

drug abuse.

Dr. Kennedy cannot tell an HIV infected blood from one filled to the brim

with Plasmodium falciparum! What do we say when such a doctor wants to give

a clean bill of health to a suspect with a toothless mouth and no hair on

his head? We also know that in addition to the premature loss of teeth, the

other visible symptom is the loss of hair?"

Kofi Wayo

claimsmajority

of the ‘cocaine politicians’ are within the NPP.

“A lot of these cocaine guys are in NPP, yes. I know the big men in NPP all

knew about (jailed former NPP MP) Eric Amoateng. Now it comes out that Yaw

Anfo-Kwakye, Akufo-Addo’s Chief of Staff (sic) was arrested before for

drugs. So why does he still keep him? These are the questions that show we

have no morals and ethics. And we suffer for it. Go to London or Paris and

see how they search you because you are from Ghana."

The NPP has serious questions to answer Ghanaians about this, and I find the

excuses they have been making extremely irresponsible!

Thank you for your attention.

*Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!*

*Cheers!*



*Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro*

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