29 September 2005
Mr Kwame Appiah Boateng, a member of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), on Thursday announced plans to embark on a hunger strike to draw international attention to the mounting political tension in Ghana.
Mr Boateng, Election 2004 Parliamentary Candidate for Nhyiaeso Constituency in Kumasi for the CPP was specific about the bad blood between President John Agyekum Kufuor and Former President Jerry John Rawlings.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra, he appealed to the diplomatic missions in Ghana to grant him what he called "symbolic political asylum" to embark on the strike anytime the two leading personalities were engage in public animosity again.
"It is a responsible strategic step to force the international community to join hands with Ghanaian traditional and religious community and political leaders to reconcile President John Agyekum Kufuor and Former President Jerry John Rawlings for the sake of unity and peace," he said.
Mr Boateng lauded the efforts of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of Ho Asogli State and Osagyefo Ofori Panin Amoatia, Okyehene to keep the country united.
"It should be recalled that the Okyenhene...recently urged Ghanaians to stop politicians, who divide the country on ethnic lines and also to stop pretending that everything is alright in the country," he said.
21 September 2005
Poor media relations - bane of CPP
Accra, Sept. 20, GNA -
The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) on Tuesday identified poor media relations as a major cause of the party's abysmal performance in general elections after 1979.
"Politicking and electioneering in modern technological world does not depend only on mounting huge campaign platforms, distribution of party paraphernalia and wooing of electorates with commodities but the potent usage of the media," Mr Kabutey Tettegah leading member of the CPP Youth Affairs committee stated at a press conference in Accra. The Press Conference forms activities to herald the 96th birthday celebration of the founder of the nation, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, which falls on Wednesday September 21.
He disclosed that the youth Affairs Committee, which is under the function National Executive Committee have mapped-up strategies to enhance the party's media relations, marketing and advertising methodologies and attraction of the youth into the Nkrumaist fold. Mr J. B. Daniels, Chairman of the Youth Affairs Committee said the ideals Dr. Nkrumah, guaranteed the conditions for the development of the entire nation, irrespective of tribe, religion and status. "That is why it becomes apparent for the children of poor workers of this country in the era of his administration to go to school free with qualitative tuition.
"Medical treatment under Nkrumah's administration was not for the rich, all were given good healthcare but now the rich get the best in the healthcare system, while the underprivileged gets the poorest treatment," he noted.
Mr Daniels said, "it is time for national leaders to focus on how to increase the housing stock, improve the health of our people create jobs, improve access to education ad generally make life more bearable for all Ghanaians."
It is indeed sad that on the occasion of the birthday of Nkrumah, Ghana's textile industries have virtually collapsed with the attendant job loses, rice industry is in a comma and there are fears that utility tariffs and petroleum prices would jump up in the next couple of months."
Mr. Daniels said the CPP is the only political party with the capacity to mobilize the masses to resolve the multi dimensional problems confronting the nation.
Other activities lined up for the celebration include; public lecture, debate, floats and wreath laying at the Nkrumah Memorial Park.
06 September 2005
CPP sets up disciplinary committee
Accra, Sept. 6, GNA -
The Convention Peoples Party (CPP) has set up a five-member disciplinary committee to deal with matters that would undermine the integrity and internal cohesion of the party.The committee chaired by Mr Riley Poku has Major Agbeko Sedziafa (Rtd), Madam Fati Salifu, Dr F. W. A. Akuffo and Alhaji Gado Mohammed as members would deal with issues referred to it by the Central Committee (CC).
In a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by the General Secretary, Dr Nii Noi Dowuona, the CC condemned actions of some leading members of the party who were nurturing Presidential and leadership ambitions sponsoring cross-regional activities to remove elected party functionaries from office.
The CC said it had also noted with grave concern activities of unrecognisable groups engaged in similar activities.
It stated that such actions constituted acts of indiscipline and a breach of the CPP's provisions on party discipline and basic rules on responsible behaviour hence the need for members to bury their ambitions for the common good of the party.
The statement advised Regional Executives, especially Regional Chairmen, to be mindful of their responsibility bearing in mind the impact of such negative tendencies on the fortune of the party.
The CC said nominations for elected positions had not yet been opened and anybody wishing to contest positions must wait until the appropriate time.
05 September 2005
CPP leadership urged to intervene in impasse
Mr Kwame Appiah Boateng, the 2004 Convention People's Party (CPP) parliamentary candidate for the Nhyiaeso constituency in Kumasi, has appealed to the leadership of the CPP to intervene and bring together former President Rawlings and President Kufuor to make peace.
He said it was important that the CPP leadership add its voice to the concern about the unhealthy differences between the two statesmen as expressed by many well-meaning Ghanaians.
Speaking in an interview in Kumasi, Mr Boateng said Ghanaians should be concerned about the current political rift between the two. He said the situation where the two topmost politicians were calling each other "evil" was not a hearty sign for the younger politicians who were expected to take political leadership in the country.
Mr Boateng said such public display of hate is unfortunate since it tended to influence the youth, who are the future leaders. He warned that if left unresolved, the current situation between the two could breed political hatred between their followers and seriously affect the political development of the country.