07 July 2006

CPP must learn from NPP -Pratt

CPP must learn from NPP -Pratt

Kwesi Pratt Jnr., Managing Editor of the Insight and grand ally of the National Democratic Congress, yesterday went to town on elements in his own party who, he claimed, were not doing enough to make the necessary sacrifices that would move the party forward but are rather fighting over symbols. But significantly, Pratt Jnr called on the Convention People’s Party leadership to learn from the ruling New Patriotic Party which, he admitted, has shown to Ghanaians a worthy and solid example of how to build and sustain a political party, even under very trying conditions.

The CPP leading member was reacting to the news about the resignation Thursday of Mike Eghan Jnr, National Second-Vice Chairman of the CPP, from the party during a Peace FM current affairs programme.“Yes, I’ve heard about Mike Eghan’s resignation, and I feel sad about it…because I know him very well…I’ve worked with him for several years and I know how committed, efficient and hard-working he is as a CPP leading member…it’s very sad,” Pratt Jnr lamented.“But there are lessons we all need to learn, if we want the CPP to grow…And the NPP is an example for all of us to emulate…look, they were in the wilderness for twenty to thirty years…they never lost hope…they kept themselves together, even in exile…from the days of Nkrumah…from 1992 till 2000…they never wavered…today they are in power, so why can’t our own CPP take a cue from that and unite…We can also do it if we stay united, rather than complain and quit or join forces with other people.”

Indicating how unity within the ranks of the Nkrumahist family has produced results in the past, the CPP Public Affairs Director cited the Great Alliance political deal in 1996 with the NPP, in which key players led by industrialist Kwabena Darko of the National Independence Party and General Erskine of the People’s Heritage Party joined forces to give the CPP the much-needed clout. “When we did that, it worked; and there were signs that the party was growing…but if we all have to throw up our hands in despair, where will the party be in the next few decades? When you have a leadership that will want to fight over slogans and unnecessary things…that is what happens…After the 2000 elections we all made moves to unite the family…Nii Noi Dowuona and the former PNC National Chairman, Mr Amoah and others played a major role in getting the PNC to come on board…and there were still others…until this fight about the cockerel and the ‘kube’ came up…it’s really sad.”

Pratt Jnr was, however, still hopeful that the CPP has a future. “Mike Eghan’s resignation is painful…it is a painful loss, but it depends on how we in the party would want to look at it…if his going away will shake us up to do the things we ought to do, then it could be a blessing to us…but if we ignore the signals, then that would be too bad…because the trend will continue…but we still have lessons to learn,” he confessed.Meanwhile, the Editor-In-Chief of the Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako Jnr, also reacted to the stand taken by Mr. Eghan. Conceding that though he was not reacting directly to what Mr Pratt said, noted; “the NPP, when in opposition, also had some members resigning and joining other parties. It does not therefore make meaning to say people should not resign from a party.” He mentioned Mr Pratt’s persona, among other factors, as some of the reasons why Mr Eghan was leaving the party, adding that coupled with that was the problem of “too many ideological dinosaurs in the party.”

He, however, stated emphatically to The Statesman that he would not resign from the CPP party under any circumstances. He observed that Mr Eghan’s move was a reaction to his frustration with the level of incompetence in the leadership of the party, especially in the light of tremendous sacrifices Eghan made financially, morally and otherwise.“Kwesi Pratt has a right to his comments, but I believe we should also allow anybody who wants to leave to do so…though I, Baako, won’t leave the CPP…” Mr Baako told The Statesman that he agrees with Mr Eghan on the vexed question of leaders not cooperating the way they should, but noted that resigning was not the solution, saying: “The CPP has a huge problem which, if we do not resolve, we cannot move on as a party.”


CPP Man Cries Foul

CPP Man Cries Foul
Former Ghanaian-American Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate, turned 2004 CPP Parliamentary Candidate for Nhyiaeso Constituency in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, "Osagyefo" Kwame Appiah Boateng, popularly known by Ghanaian Communities around the World as "Kwame Mayor" and regarded in International Political Circles as a Fearless Crusader of Democracy, Civil Rights and Human Rights, has accused President John Agyekum Kufuor's ruling government *(with the exception of NPP, as a Political Establishment)* of "Intellectual Cowardice and Thievery"; "State Sponsored Injustice" and "State Sponsored Political Persecution amid subtle Political Harassment", after Kufuor's government once again, failed to give him (any) credit for his 2005 (documented) and published news item by Ghana News Agency (GNA) in which the CPP marverick called upon the Nation to honor her heroes and heroines.The Self-Proclaimed "Re-Incarnation of Ghana's first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah" asked Ghanaians to *(compare)* his story carried by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on (September 1 2005)* and re-published by Ghana Review International (GRI) on September 9, 2005, --- captioned " Immortalise Ghanaian heroes and heroines - Boateng" - with the latest July 1, 2006 story in the Graphic and also, published on Ghanaweb.Com, captioned, "Ghana Honours Her Heroes, Heroines" !!!.

The CPP activist says he (cannot) accuse NPP as a Political establishment since the NPP as a Political Party has (not) done him wrong, but a [few] elements within the ruling government of President John Agyekum Kufuor, with the full knowledge of the President himself and the office of the President, are responsible and accountable for the systematic stealing of his ideas without giving him any credit and without giving him any compensation for his hard won ideas such as his call for the "importation" of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation to Ghana which he gave a copy to President Kufuor in 1999 - (before Mr. Kufuor became President of Ghana); Boateng's call for erection of statutes for the Martyred Judges which former Government Spokesman, Hon.

Kwabena Agyapong, admitted on Fox FM Radio in 2004 that he read "Kwame Mayor's" Press Release calling for the erection of such Statutes; Boateng's call for State of the Art seat of government or Presidential Palace to be decorated with the Nation's richest resources and regalia to attract tourism --- (Reference to Ghanaweb's published story : "Rename Castle Black House to attract Tourism like the White House"; Boateng's public call to immortalize the "Big Six"; Boateng's call for (Annual) Yaa Asantewaa Festivals or Celebrations, etc.

Reflecting upon the series of injustices against him, Boateng says he suspects that (false and un-substantiated) information about him may have been provided by certain un-ethical "Political Spies" and "Political Terrorists", hence the subtle political harassment - tantamount to "Individually-Tailored Crime Against Humanity" he has been facing and described "Political Terrorists as "Enemies of Democracy"; "Enemies of Freedom"; "Enemies of Liberty"; "Enemies of Civil Rights" and "Enemies of Liberty".

The Pro-Democracy Activist and Pro-American Politician who once earned the nickname "America's Mandela" when he was tortured and put on a "Political Show Trial" in Los Angeles by elements -- *(without the knowledge of the Civilized Federal and State Governments of America)* but morally and ethically defeated the "Political Terrorists" -- ( thanks to President Bill Clinton's White House which ordered the Justice Department to investigate allegations of persecution against Boateng and thanks to "Brave Americans" who condemned the "Hi-Tech Savage and Politically-motivated Trial of Persecution against Boateng), has called upon Civil Rights and Human Rights organizations; Brave Ghanaians, Brave Americans and the Brave International Community to condemn the subtle political harassments and series of politically - motivated and State sponsored injustices being inflicted on him with sheer arrogance and cowardly display of "Show of Power" by elements he describes as "Political Mafias" who may be operating with "Foreign Hands" who have (NO) respect for the noble ideals and ideas of Democracy, Freedom and Liberty and are equally, "Political Terrorists".Boateng appealed to the civilized International, American and Ghanaian Community to expose the "Secret Political Terrorists" who have seriously violated his Human Rights at (any) part of the World and help bring them --- (Political Terrorists) to Justice at United Nations Public Tribunals !!!.

"Kwame Mayor", who says he is qualified to be listed in Guinness Book of Records as the World's Most Persecuted International Politician, recently wrote in a Ghanaweb's story :"In my own birth place of Ghana where a [few] officials within the ruling government of His Excellency, President John Agyekum Kufuor have utilized my ideas --- (some of my ideas have become Monumental in Ghana), I have been treated unfairly and the government institutions have [systematically] refused to tap my resources for Political Reasons" !!!." Ironically, this is the same ruling government of His Excellency, President John Agyekum Kufuor which enjoys utilizing my ideas - [systematically], without giving me any credit or compensation --- for Political Reasons" !!!" Shamefully, those who have exploited my strategic ideas and treated me with callousness have the audacity to talk about Brain Drain !!!", said "Osagyefo" Kwame Boateng." Moreover, many people believe that I am being persecuted for being an Asante who joined a Nationally oriented Political Party, instead of (any) of the Geographically based or Ethnically based leading Political Parties."

The same ruling government which has systematically utilized my ideas without giving me any

06 July 2006

Mike Eghan Quits CPP

Mike Eghan Quits CPP

The centre of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) appears not to be holding any longer, as one of its leading personalities, Mr. Mike Eghan makes an exit from the political grouping of which he is a founding member.

The resignation of this leading figure in the Nkrumaist fraternity was contained in a correspondence addressed to the General Secretary of the party, Prof. Nii Noi Dowuona and dated July 5, 2006.“I am with very deep regret resigning my membership in the CPP with immediate effect,” he stated in the correspondence which comes at a time some important personalities of the Osagyefo’s political grouping have pitched camp with the yet-to-be-registered Obed-led Democratic Freedom Party (DFP).

Mr. Eghan’s resignation carried the pain with which this CPP figure took the final leap from the party with which he had been associated from his youthful days. He attributed the reasons for his decision to a dwindled confidence in those at the helm of affairs of the CPP, in which he claimed to have invested a lot in terms of finance and time over the years. He expressed regret that his wish in nurturing a party based on the ideals of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and to ensure domestication of the national interest, had failed to bear fruits.

“It has been my wish as a longstanding member of the CPP and one who has put a lot at risk since 1992 through the People’s Heritage Party (PHP), the People’s Convention Party (PCP), the Convention Party (CP) and then to the CPP to work within the party, to develop a political and economic philosophy centred on domesticating our national interest and building national cohesion,” he said.A disappointed Mike Eghan recalled his expensive personal interventions and sacrifices he made towards ensuring the survival of the Nkrumaist tradition, which included the legal venture he undertook to restore the CPP name and the cockerel symbol.

“I personally sacrificed a lot and championed and financed the legal battle to get back the name CPP and the Red Cockerel symbol to offer hope to the many well-wishers of the Nkrumaist tradition,” he said. Continuing, Mike Eghan noted that the CPP had not responded to the treatment at resuscitating it, a situation he attributed to the leadership of the party.According to him, the current leadership of the party is inflicting “mortal damage to the Osagyefo’s party.”

The party, he noted, had been torn apart by what he described as an “obsession with ceaseless, unproductive merger negotiations instead of uniting behind ideas and messages that will give hope to the people.” This situation, he added, led to the factionalisation of the party, which factions were engaged in competitions among themselves. Mike Eghan did not have kind words for the leaders of the so-called Nkrumaist merger talks as he said, “they are nursing self-centred plans to become flagbearers in the 2008 Presidential elections.” Some of the merger talk leaders, he continued, “are busy promoting other parties while pretending to be leading members of the CPP and causing its downfall. I cannot pretend and will not belong to what I can no longer justify.”

His displeasure about a correspondence he fired to the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Edmund Delle, about his resignation as the 2nd National Vice Chairman not being acknowledged, found space in his exit letter. “It is worthy to note that as far back as January 2006, I wrote to the National Chairman, Leader and Young Pioneer, Dr. Edmund Delle to announce my resignation as the 2nd National Vice Chairman of the Party.

As of today, Wednesday, 5th July 2006, Dr. Delle or the party has not had the very simple and ordinary courtesy to reply to my letter,” he lamented.Mike Eghan appears to be contemplating organizing an alternative political grouping as he mentions in the correspondence that “I will spend my time to work with like-minded people from all parts of the Ghanaian society, activists from the existing parties and others to create a credible alternative that will be competitive in the 2008 elections.”

Sounding philosophical, Mike Eghan stated “at this stage in my life besides my spouse, my children, my extended family, and my very close associates, the best that I can do for posterity to judge is to work with other political personalities to build and offer alternative policy choices and a positive, selfless approach to nation-building.”Concluding, he stressed “I want to be able to say that I did the best I could to build a party that would offer a strong voice to the poor, the disadvantaged, the workers and others who are struggling to improve the quality of their lives.” At his press conference of 9th May 2006, Mike Eghan called for a new movement to energise people who associate with the ideals of the late CPP founder, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

He encouraged also the current leadership of the party to give way to others who would give the party enthusiasm, enhanced credibility and the positive image that could attract the youth and others into its hold. His hope at the time he made the call, was to see to the building of a broad coalition of progressive forces, to compete in the 2008 elections on the foundation of a strong Centre-Left development agenda.

Mike Eghan’s hopes have been dashed as spelled out in his resignation letter. The Nkrumaist family which has suffered from destructive factionalisation over the years, seems to have failed in its latest effort at forging a single party to contest the forthcoming 2008 elections, especially with some leading figures in the grouping marching to the yet-to-be registered Democratic Freedom Party of Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah. Political analysts regard the exit of Mike Eghan and others as the final disintegration of the Nkrumaist family.

27 June 2006

New Juaben South CPP asks Delle to step down

New Juaben South CPP asks Delle to step down
Koforidua, June 27, GNA

The New Juaben South constituency branch of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) on Tuesday called on the National Chairman of the party, Dr Edmund Delle, to step because he had declared his intention to contest the Presidential Candidature of the party for the 2008 elections.

A statement signed by its chairman, Mr Ernest Obeng Darfour, said the resignation of Dr Delle would create a level playing field for all contestants for the slot.

It said since Dr Delle's announcement of his intention, "we have observed that other party members who have the same ambition relaxed their campaign effort as they felt there would be no level grounds for the competition."

The statement called on the Central Committee of the party to take up the matter with a view to asking Dr Delle to step down as National Chairman.

22 June 2006

Nkrumaists parties are deficient in organizational ability - Dumor

Nkrumaists parties are deficient in organizational ability - Dumor

Accra, June 22, GNA

- Professor Ernest Dumor, a Former Commissioner of the Electoral Commission (EC), on Thursday said Election 2004 revealed the organizational competence of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). "It also exposed organizational deficiencies of the Nkrumaist parties - People's National Convention (PNC) and the Convention People's Party (CPP) and the ineptitude of its leadership," Prof. Dumor stated during a review in Accra of the book; "Voting for Democracy in Ghana: The 2004 Elections in Perspective - Volumes One and Volume Two" in Accra.

The Book is authored by Professor Kwame Boafo-Arthur, Head of Political Science Department of the University of Ghana. Prof. Dumor, who is the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), attributed the CPP's demise to the dynamics of political dismemberment of its structures under the National Liberation Council; the fractious state of Imoro Egala and Dr Hilla Limann's People's National Party (PNP) and the further dislocation the Nkrumaist Tradition suffered under the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and its incorporation into NDC.

"The incorporation was nearly complete because the populist inclination of Former President Jerry John Rawlings was close to the socialist views of the CPP remnants."

Prof Samuel N. Woode, Chairman of the Public Services Commission, who chaired the launch, said the adoption of the 1992 Constitution was an affirmation of the nation's stand on democracy and rejection of military rule.

"When in 1992 we adopted the Constitution, we were indeed voting for democracy that we should continue voting for democracy and that in between elections we will respect the democratic imperatives of governance."

Prof. Woode said the Book would increase knowledge about the practice of democracy in Ghana 96 93our knowledge about elections is expanding and we are seeing the ways in which electioneering is being transformed in this country=94.

The book focuses on an overview of the 2004 General Elections, institutional development and democratic consolidation, political leadership and democratic consolidation, political parties and electoral competition in Ghana, and the quest for national reconciliation in Ghana: Challenges and Prospects.

Volume Two focuses on Elections 2004 and politics in Upper West Akim and New Juabeng South Constituencies; the 2004 Elections in four constituencies - Bolgatanga Central; Bongo; Gomoa West and Komend-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem - understanding Ghana's democratic development in the context of the 2004 Elections in Ledzokuku and Ashaiman constituencies and political participation; democratic consolidation and elections in Ghana; and the case of the Akan, Anlo and Keta constituencies in the Volta region.

13 June 2006

CPP Will Unbind Ghana From Its Globalised Dependency

CPP Will Unbind Ghana From Its Globalised Dependency

As the world prepares for Ghana�s 50th Independence Anniversary, the achievements of both Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who was voted greatest African of the 20th Century, and the Convention People�s Party (CPP) are undeniable; the sacrifices made by many ordinary Ghanaians to obtain Ghana�s independence on 6th March 1957 are also undeniable; undeniable further are those who lost their lives in the forceful removal of the CPP Government in the 1966 coup by leading members of today�s conservative NPP.

Far from accepting the assertions of the �Nkrumah and his ideas are dead� brigade, Ghanaians are asking for deliverance on the basis of Nkrumah�s ideas and policies rethought in aspects for the 21st Century, setting aside the liberal and conservative pronouncements that �you people are in the past and no longer relevant to the needs of Ghana today�. In their yearning for popular socioeconomic solutions, Ghanaians are further asking �What is the CPP offering today?�, as they look to the party of progressive ideas for social salvation. Many of our youth are asking for more information about the CPP and Nkrumah and searching for an alternative because they understand that the liberal NDC and the conservative NPP governments have failed to advance Ghana on the path of wealth over the last 25 years. The CPP agrees with the 80% of Ghanaians who live on less than $2 a day, that it is time for CPP Government.

21st Century Nkrumaism

The people of Ghana have identified the problems of the CPP as their own problems and they have enumerated them without end in the press, the radio stations, on TV, on the internet and in other fora and media. So we know our problems.

The CPP�s ideology in the 20th Century was socialism; other Nkrumaist parties like the PNC all agree it is now Nkrumaism. The party�s ideology was the basis of the CPP Work and Happiness Program leading to the 7 Year Development Plan. The CPP and the State were the same and Ghana became the CPP and the CPP was Ghana. The 24th February 1966 coup and other international events at the end of the 1980s such as the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and other Eastern European peoples democracies threw Nkrumaists into ideological crisis which the Nkrumaist Political Family led by the CPP has been unable to arouse itself; indeed the Unity Platform documents of the family such as �The New Convention: Platform of the new Convention Peoples� Party is silent on the matter of ideology. The result in our ranks has been a pervasive lack of ideological confidence. Nkrumaists today believe that a multi-party system will provide a more stable democracy for Ghana than a one party system enacted through an act of parliament. Thus, while remaining true to our socialist beliefs, we have redefined our identity as progressives to differentiate ourselves from liberals of the NDC and the conservatives of the NPP. Nevertheless, in the midst of the foundational ideological wobble acute especially between 1979-1992 when some on the Left even amazingly eschewed Marxism, The New Right Washington Consensus championed by first the NDC (1992-2000) and then reformed under the NPP (2000-2008) was professed as the solution to Ghana�s developmental problems: it called simply for getting prices right, reducing the size of government and balancing budgets. This replacement of Ghana�s Nkrumaist development paradigm with IMF and World Bank development programmes at least over the last twenty years is what underpins Ghana�s national crisis.

The unconstitutional Government of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) in the 1980s was first to accept the Washington Consensus and champion the private foreign sector of Ghana�s economy subjecting all other sectors to such foreign private interests and the philosophical document of the NDC leaves no one in doubt about this. In the meantime, the NPP has championed the private indigenous sector termed recently by Nana Akufo Addo as �indigenous capitalism�. Thus between the liberal NDC and the conservative NPP, the private sector whether foreign or indigenous is championed to the detriment of the interests of the popular majority of Ghanaians.

As a result, instead of wealth for all, the liberal-conservative regimes have produced poverty, insecurity and dangerous division especially among the lower majority (ordinary people at the bottom) of society. They have produced corruption, intolerance and repression within the state institutions that administer our society. Over the years resistance to the liberal-conservative status quo has grown. These may signal a clear rejection of this centrist liberal-conservative status quo and a call for substantive progressive change; but such progressive transformation can only be delivered by an Nkrumaist Government that is rooted in the progressive philosophy and ideology of Consciencism.

Nkrumaism has always had a consistent social-political theory for enlarging Ghana�s prosperity. This consciencist social-political theory is a synthesis of capitalism and socialism. In modern terms this can be called progressive economics and is a theoretical synthesis of the Neo-liberal/Keynesian economics[C+I+G+(X-M) =GNP] and Marxian economics M - C {MP, LP}...P...C' - M'. Nkrumaist progressive economics, rejects the moral undercurrent of utility-maximising individualism that underpins both capitalism and socialism and the corresponding privileged class of capital and the privileged class of the party; it prefers emancipatory deliberate development to a moral belief in automatic development by market forces; it emphasises what Ghanaians can make rather what they can buy at the cheapest price to consume; it emphasises the results of our social-political processes in terms of who wins or who loses rather than seeing it all as a game; it emphasises the well-being and security of Ghana and the importance of being self-reliant and productive as opposed to globalised dependency and consumption that upholds the rational self-interest of utility-maximising psychotic individuals and politicians at home or abroad; it perceives business as war rather than a peaceful process because trade is not just a game; it emphasises power and strength including political power rather than morality

Although Nkrumaist progressive economics is a synthesis of both capitalism and socialism, the cold war of the 20th Century led to an overemphasis of socialism over capitalism rather than the categorial conversion of both socialism and capitalism into a new and distinctive social-political theory that is distinctive to Africa�s concrete situation. Thus because of our heritage of Islam, Euro Christianity, Traditional Africa, Imperialism, Colonialism and Socialism, Nkrumaist progressive economics is the best means by which we can build a just society in which the increasing standard of life of the lower majority is the benchmark for everybody.

Such a just society can be achieved only by a rapid transformation of the socioeconomic structure of Ghana. To effect this, it is absolutely necessary that we have a strong, stable, firm and highly organised Nkrumaist Government. This means that Ghanaians must give political power to a progressive CPP to form an Nkrumaist Government to work for the national interest. The actions and practices of the Nkrumaist Government must be based on policies founded on the philosophy and ideology of Consciencism that can essentially be found in three books entitled Consciencism, Neo-colonialism and Africa Must Unite. From these trilogy, we come to understand 21st Century Nkrumaism as (1) love for territorial unity in our case of Ghana first and then of Africa, (2) the progressive development of Ghana through the ideological instrument of progressive economics, which is the synthesis of capitalism and socialism for social-political practice, (3) self-determination of the African Personality expressed in the pursuit of liberty, the use of (4) science and technology in all aspects of life, (5) fair equality expressed in the opportunity of education for all to achieve the highest level attainable, devotion to (6) philosophical Consciencism, which is the synthesis of idealism and materialism, and (7) the pursuit of a just society guided by the Consciencism�s ideological principle, which is the equality of all men and women whether Christian, Moslem or Traditionalist and whether driver, seamstress, president, parliamentarian, judge or kenkey seller.

Within progressive economic analysis Nkrumaists are united in their understanding of Ghana's economy as captured in the Nkrumaist Platform Document signed by the Convention People�s Party, National Reform Party (NRP) and the People�s National Convention (PNC) in the Inter-Party Coordinating Committee (IPCC) Platform document signed on 10th October 2001.

The External Dimension of our Poverty

So we know that Ghana�s economy does not function principally to supply the goods and services that her people need; in other words, Ghana�s economy is not a progressive economy as a result of which it does not produce wealth for her people. Rather, global liberal-conservative forces have organized our national economy to produce and export agricultural and mineral raw materials (C or MP) to Multinational Companies (MNCs) in the developed world at prices dictated by the buyers. At the same time, the global liberal-conservative forces import expensive and/or finished consumer products (C�) and capital products (I) from these same MNCs at prices also dictated by them. Thus, �C +G� which expresses the progressive interest of the lower majority such as popular education, health and employment etc has been abandoned. So the global liberal-conservative economy enjoys a rapid and systematic net transfer of wealth from Ghana and other Third World countries to the detriment of the majority of our people. The dominance of a few commodities in the export bundles [X, C (MP)] and their primary nature like cash crops and minerals, the concentrated destinations and origins of exports and imports [M= C�+I] respectively - are those factors that generate our trade deficits, wide fluctuations in export earnings through the manipulation of their prices to exploitatively low levels. They are also the factors responsible for our perennial balance of payments crises and escalating external debts.

This means simply that the wealth we need to improve the conditions of life for Ghanaians are not available. Therefore living conditions for all but a shrinking liberal-conservative social elite inevitably worsen year after year. This system by which Third World wealth are drained by the businesses of the developed world, is now called globalisation whose fundamental goal is to appropriate the wealth of weaker countries such as Third World countries, maintain political, economic, technological and cultural domination of such countries in order to achieve, among others, foreign markets, sources of cheap raw materials, outlets for capital exports as it used to be before we gained our independence. In his book Towards Colonial Freedom published in 1945, Kwame Nkrumah made this very clear and explained that political democracy, economic democracy and social reconstruction were all necessary if we are to transform our economic system to generate wealth for all Ghanaians. This was why he was removed from office and Ghana since then has not had Government that champions the interests of the majority of Ghanaians.

A tiny portion of the wealth the MNCs siphon out of Ghana comes back as foreign "aid" from "donor" governments and goes to support the budget of the redundant G to enable it perform a stabilization function required for the continued extraction of the wealth of Ghanaians. This foreign "aid" serves as a sop to the collective consciences of the citizens of the developed world and mutes resistance in the exploited periphery to exploitation of the underdeveloped world allowing globalisation to present itself as a benefactor. This is the proverbial mouse that Nkrumah told us about blowing cool air while biting its prey. This stabilisation role includes the prevention of outright rebellion in the Third World countries themselves by blurring the extent of their exploitation, and by so doing prevent them from taking progressive action against it in the resolution of the internal-external competing claims. Obviously, the majority of Ghanaians would prefer to keep the wealth we generate in Ghana and use it for our own development. Thus the overall policy objective of an Nkrumaist Government must be the pursuit of popular wealth. To achieve this, a transformation of our economic system through a national industrialization policy is required.

To sustain this profiteering liberal-conservative system perpetually to our disadvantage, globalisation cultivates and grooms Ghanaians as collaborators, who can be found in politics, business, academia and the civil service amongst others, with whom it shares common material advantages and socio-political interests. As a reward for their collaboration, the families, friends and business associates of those who wield liberal-conservative power are able to feed off the droppings from our transnational exploitation and insulate themselves from the deepening development crises at home. Globalisation then turns around and rationalizes the consistent failure of such countries to achieve development through IMF/WB prescriptions by referring to local corruption and inefficiency for which it is responsible for in the first instance. Similarly, it is able to deflect accountability by hiding behind the elected liberal-conservative representatives of the people while doing all it can to destroy any progressive rise of the masses. In Ghana this is responsible for the numerous parties that should supposedly represent the progressive community.

In this hypocritical symbiosis, globalisation is vehemently hostile to any seriously patriotic and visionary leadership with a clear-cut commitment to the liquidation of underdevelopment such as the type of leadership provided by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Such leadership upsets the imperialist apple-cart and is always destabilized and even overthrown and replaced by liberal-conservative leaders in order to force such Third World countries to accept their assigned roles within globalisation: M - C{MP, LP}...P...C' - M' setup. Thus only a progressive government that champions the popular interest can withstand this.

The Internal Dimension of Our Poverty

Ghana�s unequal position in the global economy is sustained by significant internal inequalities which an analysis of our poverty situation will reveal. The most important of these is that between the wealth and power of the various liberal-conservative elite and the lower majority of impoverished and powerless ordinary Ghanaians. Inequality is not just an idea. It is what millions of Ghanaians suffer � lack of equitable egalitarianism or fair equality. It also finds expression in unemployment, poor health, illiteracy, homelessness, unbearable taxes, unaccountable state officials.

The liberal-conservative system which sustains the status quo is necessarily divisive repressive and predatory and finds its counterpart in the liberal-conservative NDC-NPP parties in Ghana today, whose liberal-conservative leaders joined forces in the PNDC before they split up after the murder of the judges to form their own separate liberal and conservative parties.

Internally, it sustains inequality and injustice for example in the areas of gender inequality, industrial exploitation, in landlord exploitation of tenants or state brutality. The system is also fundamentally divisive. Because of its lack of legitimacy, it can only maintain its grip on power by keeping ordinary Ghanaians divided by exploiting religious, ethnic, gender and other social differences. Ordinary Ghanaians are vulnerable to this tactic, and since they cannot rely on the state, they rally around the banners of such small groupings. The competition for wealth in such circumstances can sometimes be desperate and consequently violent. Tenant farmers from different ethnic groups wage war on each other, unemployed and marginalized youth systematically prey on old people and children in a growing crime wave. Gender violence grows as �powerless� men vent their frustrations on even more �powerless� women. Factory owners threatened by policies that discourage production increasingly resort to force to deny established legal rights of workers and break their ability to protect their legitimate interests. Ghanaians living abroad have to remit huge sums for domestic consumption by family members.

The Way Forward: Wealth and Happiness for all

So Ghana�s economic problems and poverty is not the result of our reliance on agriculture, low propensity to save, high population growth, archaic customs, archaic taboos and traditions, our extended family system, illiteracy and ignorance, geography, sociology and politics. Our poverty is the direct consequence of the liberal-conservative development of the advanced capitalist economies and the extent to which liberals and conservatives both local and international have pursued liberal-conservative policies that have had anti-progressive detrimental effects on the lower majority of Ghanaians. Evidently, African liberals and conservatives at home have failed the popular majority as they implement liberal-conservative IMF sponsored socioeconomic programmes whilst radical intellectuals co-opted into dominant two-party liberal-conservative state systems have been exposed as nothing but liberals and conservatives masquerading as radical progressives. Thus only a progressive Nkrumaist Government will pursue popular wealth to increase the standard of life of the Lower Majority and rebuild confidence in our national ability to live and survive as one people in one nation.

The overall policy objective of an Nkrumaist Government must therefore be the pursuit of popular �Wealth�. With wealth Ghana will take care of all its programmes: our children will be in school; we can provide health care for all our people free at the point of need; we can invest and provide full employment; with wealth Ghana will be able to assert its right to life and happiness; hence it must be possible to sum up in a single sentence what an Nkrumaist Government policy must be: it is to provide wealth and conditions of happiness for every Ghanaian. If we achieve this, and continue to work for the ethnic unity and progress of Ghana, we shall be making a positive contribution to the well-being of the territory Ghana. The liberation of Ghana, from the Liberal (NDC)-Conservative (NPP) Two Party Dominance, to unify and progressively develop it will be an Nkrumaist Government�s central objective. These require the transformation of all our institutions towards the creation of wealth for all. In all areas of our national life we must implement policies that will lead to the creation, management and enjoyment of wealth for all. Thus we must call for papers on all areas of national life from the Ghanaian public that will lead to the creation of wealth for all. The summary of these papers will become the United CPP Nkrumaist Government Manifesto as opposed to the practice whereby liberals and progressives masquerading as progressives sit in some room and write party manifestos that the lower majority of Ghanaians who are mostly illiterate anyway never bother to read. Freedom from poverty and freedom from diverse fear are essential for the attainment of happiness. Happiness, however, would be incomplete without the opportunity for Ghanaians to lead a full cultural and spiritual life as a Christian under the guidance of the Almighty God and Father of all Spirits, as a Moslem under the guidance of the Ever Merciful and Ever Compassionate Allah, as a Traditional African under the guidance of the Ancestors who are Ghosts. An Nkrumaist Government policy principle is that no Ghanaian should be unemployed, be below a predetermined wealth line, will be neglected in old age, or be without help in times of sickness because they do not have cash to buy health care (NDC position) or pay a health insurance premium (NPP position). An Nkrumaist Government policy is that no man shall fear oppression from terrorists and bomb-throwers and its security consequences as in the days of the NPP forbears; that no Ghanaian female shall be anxious that her child shall not be cared for or educated because she lacks the means herself. Nkrumaists today are determined that all Ghanaians shall look forward to ever-increasing social benefits and ever-widening opportunities for the enjoyment of leisure and culture.

But nothing in this world is achieved without wealth. It is our wealth that partly funds the good life in developed countries. Thus the attainment of these vital aims of an Nkrumaist Government must be worked for, by increasing greatly and rapidly the greater wealth of Ghana and seeing to it that this greater wealth remains in Ghana for Ghanaians but fairly distributed among all our people whether busanga, wangara, mande-busanga, grusi, vagala, sisala, mo, kasena (paga), mole-dagbon, walba (wala), nanumba, nankansi and gurense, namnam (nabdon), mamprusi, kusasi, dagomba, dagarte (dagaba), builsa, (kangyaga or kanja), gurma, salfalba (sabulaba), pilapila, kyamba (tehamba, baasari), kokomba, bimoba, guan, yefi, Nchumuru, krachi, nkonya, gonja, cherepong, larte, anum, awutu, efutu, senya, avatime, nyongbo, tafi, akpafu, lolobi, likpe, ewe, ga-dangme, ga, dangme, wassa, sefwi, nzema, kwahu, fante, evalue, denkyira, chokosi, boron (brong) including banda, asen (assin), asante, aowin, akyem, akwamu, akuapem, ahanta, ahafo and agona among others.. This in turn depends upon the production and productivity of all Ghanaians. To attain these ends, an Nkrumaist Government which stands dedicated to the service of Ghanaians, must have a workable plan and be able to put that plan into operation. We the progressives have that plan. To be able to put that plan into operation, we must win political office, which requires that the lower majority of our people must be organised and united to put an Nkrumaist Government into office in Ghana as early as January 2009.

What You Can Do

We call on you as a Ghanaian to serve as a progressive centre of organisation to mobilise the people around you in your kiosks, workplaces, mud houses, huts, urban slums, villages, towns and dilapidated regional capitals and wherever you are so that united as a lower majority we shall produce a better wealthier Ghana tomorrow.

As a centre of organisation you will improve communication within the party and between the party, the general public and the lower majority. It is yourselves as progressive centres of organisation that will be the progressive spokespersons that would articulate the progressive vision of wealth for all, articulate the philosophy of Nkrumaism, articulate our progressive position on government policies, connect with the Pan Africanist and progressive global movements, work for the self-determination, liberation and progressive development of Ghana, work for the ultimate unification of all progressives, mobilise and organise yourself to fight the internal and external liberal-conservative forces opposed to our self-induced development in an optimum zone of a free and united territory. As a progressive centre of organisation, it is your call to duty to be at the forefront of the progressive transformation of Ghana. Unity or no unity in the Nkrumaist political family it must be your aim to win the 2008 elections and help form a progressive government of Ghana by all means necessary in which you will play a vital role. We call on you the majority of Ghanaians to work together with a progressive leadership of visionary leaders drawn from amongst yourselves and reject liberal-conservative intellectuals and political operatives either because they are handsome or because they come from your home town or because they are from your ethnic group (tribe) in order to take Ghana out of pervasive poverty to wealth for all. We therefore call on you all who constitute progressive social forces of patriots and nationalists from all ethnic groups everywhere to join hands with a progressive CPP in a collective progressive effort to confront the liberal-conservative forces responsible for our present predicament of poverty, misery and a hard life. Certainly, as Ghanaians we must organise for a progressive CPP government if we are to transform our poor and deteriorating material conditions. Neither the liberal NDC nor the conservative NPP will �help� us the Lower Majority who live on less than $2 a day to come to power and govern the country in our own popular interests because they want to subject our interests to either private foreign interests (NDC) or private indigenous interests (NPP). You as a progressive will work with other progressive forces to mobilise and harness all resources to meet the popular needs and aspirations of the majority of our people to which we shall subject both the public sector and the private sector (foreign and indigenous).

Thus the new CPP of today offers an alternative progressive vision unlike the liberal NDC and the conservative NPP who are both ardent disciples and apostles of the IMF-World Bank neo-liberal economic policies which have been undemocratically imposed on us the lower majority through policy conditionalities.

In office, our progressive CPP government will lead the accumulation drive to assist all sectors of the economy to increase the rate of capital accumulation, partake in production to enable the market operate effectively by progressively developing our productive forces, create complementary conditions and infrastructure for all sectors of the economy and above all create fair equality for all regardless of income, status, gender and ethnicity, in respect of employment, education, health and social services by delineating a wealth line below which no Ghanaian shall be allowed to live by law as we build a just society in which the increasing standard of life of the Lower Majority becomes the benchmark for everybody. Forward Ever, Backward Never CPP UK & Ireland


11 June 2006

CPP calls for credible alternative to NPP

CPP calls for credible alternative to NPP

Accra, June 11, GNA -

The Patriots of the Convention People's Party (CPP) on Saturday called on minority parties to design a credible alternative national development agenda to the policies of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

"Prosperity for all Ghanaians should be the stimulating factor, which should be in sharp contrast to the NPP ideology of focusing on the Private Sector as the engine of growth, against the background of a Property Owning Democracy under which the few get richer and the majority of Ghanaians sink deeper and deeper into hopelessness and poverty.

"Ideologically, we believe that the Private Sector is only a part of the engine of growth, and that, for a poor developing country like Ghana, the state has responsibility to ensure that economic growth is equitable and leads to improvements in the lives of every Ghanaian," the Patriots stated in an agenda paper presented at the official opening of the Lower Manya Krobo Constituency office of the CPP on Saturday. The Agenda, presented by a team of Patriots Members headed by Dr Nii Moi Thompson, Dr Kweku Safo and Nana Owusu Sekyere CPP Eastern Regional Chairman also seeks to ensure that Ghana's private sector serves its social purposes, while government should offer them incentives to become internationally competitive as part of a state strategy to strengthen Ghana's economy against the adverse effects of globalisation.

The Patriots said: "we stand for the building of a society of opportunity, not privilege; of inclusion not exclusion; of mutual respect not intolerance; of shared prosperity not selfish consumption; and above all, of freedom and justice for all.

"Ultimately, we seek as Ghanaians to work together - state sector, private sector and the civic sector to create a society free of exploitation, deprivation and ethnic rivalry," the Patriots stated. They said in keeping with the CPP's tradition of participatory development, on the basis of broad consultations with Ghanaians they would lead a crusade for an enhanced participatory democracy. On how to resolve the problems facing the CPP, the Patriots, which is made up of a group of Nkrumaists, deeply concerned about restoring a people centred approach to development in Ghana, outlined that with good leadership and policies Nkrumaism would bounce back onto the Ghanaian political arena with vim.

The Patriots, who have started the rebuilding of the CPP from grassroots - wards, constituencies and regional offices, would establish or renovate offices that have fallen into disuse.

The CPP Patriots noted: "Once we have rebuilt the structures of the party and put forward credible development path for the people of Ghana, we shall then commence the difficult but not-impossible task of mobilizing public support for our common cause.

"Patriotism is not something abstract. It is real, it won us independence in 1957 and would propel CPP back to power in 2008, it has a tangible impact on the economic, social and political development of a people," the CPP Patriots stated.

Dr Safo debunked the notion that the Patriots was set up to destroy the mother party, CPP, stressing, "we believe that the nationalist platform on which the CPP was built has collapsed and needs to be rebuilt.

"The Patriots are therefore, concerned about the sagging fortunes of the CPP as well as the deteriorating living conditions of Ghanaians...we are determined to do something about it." He called on all patriotic Ghanaians to join and make the CPP a viable party for elections 2008.

He said Ghana has lost its past glory and image through the peddling of drugs, indiscipline and other social vices adding, "the CPP cannot make patriotism fashionable again without first reclaiming the political power that was unfairly taken from us in the 1966 and 1981 Coups.

The office accommodation at Agomanya was official opened by the Patriot team and other CPP officials, including Mr Eric Kwesi Odonkor, Ms. Gladys Wayo, Constituency Assistance Secretary and Women Organiser respective; Mr David Terkper regional Youth Organiser and Nene Agbortey Zanto I, a divisional chief of the area. 11 June 06


02 June 2006

CPP Prepares For Congress

CPP Prepares For Congress

Friday, 02 June 2006
The Convention People’s Party is feverishly preparing for its national delegates’ congress scheduled for July 15, 2006 at Sunyani. The Congress is to be preceded by a National Executive Council meeting on July 14, 2006.
Sources close to the party say the Central Committee have approved proposals for the holding of the Congress Committee, chaired by Madam Araba- Bentsi- Enchil, First National Vice Chairman. The Congress will focus primarily on the attainment of total Nkrumahist unity.

It is expected that the Congress will endorse the unity pact between the CPP and the People’s National Convention and urge the leadership to find ways of bringing such parties as the Great Consolidated Party and the National Reform Party on the board.A separate congress for the election of party officers and a presidential candidate is expected to be held next year.

Source: The Insight

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