Can CPP win in 2016? By Ade Sawyerr

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Since Ivor Greenstreet won a spectacular election to become the CPP flag bearer, I have been asked this question by several people who know my passion for the Party that is Supreme but who also know that I am honest in my writings about the party. So I have been wondering what it really takes to win a presidential election in Ghana.

For instance if it is about the number of times the candidate stands then we have a clear winner because Edward Mahama is running his fourth campaign after taking a break in 2012 for Hassan Ayariga to run.  Nana Akufo Addo is on his third run, and so is Paa Kwesi Nduom, but Atta Mills won on his third run after changing his running mates each time.  If Abu Sakara were to make good his promise to run as an independent and Hassan Ayariga gets his party registered, then they will join, Henry Lartey and John Mahama in making their second run except that John Mahama won on his first attempt.  Rawlings also won on his first attempt and Kufour on his second after changing running mate.  So it not about the number of times you run.

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Kwame Nkrumah: World Peace, African Unity and a United Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah: World  Peace, African Unity and a United Ghana

Ade Sawyerr  on the 40th Anniversary of the passing of the Osagyefo

I start this retrospective with a quotation on African Unity by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and here I quote

“We all want a United Africa, United not only in our concept of what unity connotes, but united in our common desire to move forward together in dealing with all the problems that can best be solved only on a continental basis.”  Kwame Nkrumah

I intend to talk about Kwame Nkrumah and his contribution to World Peace, African Unity and a United Ghana against the back drop of current events.

World Peace and Unity

Few people view Nkrumah as a man of peace; they perceive him more at home in supporting the freedom fighter movements in Africa, but there was a time when Nkrumah’s stature in the world was that of a peacemaker.

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Ghana’s day of shame – 24th February 1966

Ghana’s day of shame – 24th February 1966

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Thirty six years ago**, a civilian government in Ghana was subverted by military and police adventurers. These men had been aided by the US intelligence forces, who had nothing to offer our dear country Ghana. Their only interest was to destabilise a peaceful and democratically elected government and they did not really know what they were starting.
The reward, for us Ghanaians for this act of sabotage, was the start of a vicious pattern that we have found it very difficult to recover from. Thirty six years later we are back to the pre-colonial period in our development.
The vision of the greatest leader Africa has ever has was in tatters derailed by a foreign superpower using self seeking Ghanaian accomplices.
I was a young man then, studying for my GCE ‘O’ Levels, a member of the young pioneers movement and learning the basics of leadership and civics with the movement, looking forward to a political career in future where I would be in a position to serve my country.
History has shown us that the coup d’etat was unnecessary and devious. Those who were the willing tools of American imperialism were so myopic that they could even think through the train of events that they had unleashed. All they cared for was in wishing to be heads of states as events that unfolded revealed. Continue reading “Ghana’s day of shame – 24th February 1966”

CPP -The enemy is not within our party, the enemy is out there!

CPP -The enemy is not within our party, the enemy is out there!

by Ade Sawyerr – London

As an ardent supporter of the Convention Peoples Party, events over the past few months have almost thrown me into a state of despair. But as a firm believer in God, I am confident that these rows are not a foretaste of worse things to come, but rather a test of how strong and resilient the party is even when there is a slugfest in the public arena.

Mine is not to apportion blame as to who started what, or who will win this fight about process in the party, but as a senior comrade of the party, I think I will be failing in my duty, to the party that I so cherish, if I do not pass public comment on the sorry mess that we find ourselves in.

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Danquah Institute – The futile attempt to tarnish Nkrumah’s good name must cease – Ade Sawyerr

Danquah Institute – The futile attempt to tarnish Nkrumah’s good name must cease – Ade Sawyerr

In the early 1970s, several years ago, I had the opportunity to work for one of the best companies in the world when it was at the height of its might as a marketing organisation introducing computer technology into the world. Its slogan was very simple – THINK. At sales school we were taught never to talk about the competition. We were taught to know our products and services in and out. We were also taught everything about what the competition offered; technical specification, prices, special services and offers and how our products compared with the competition then referred to as the BUNCH that stood for Borroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data and Honeywell. We were well taught that the more you disparage the competition, the more potential customers felt that you had something to hide.

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Tribute to the late Dr Hilla Limann, President of the Republic of Ghana 1979 – 1981

Tribute to the late

Dr Hilla Limann,

President of the Republic of Ghana 1979 – 1981

From Ghana Union London

The road to democracy is often long and torturous, there are several hostages, martyrs and committed people for whom the principles of democracy are more important than whatever office they eventually attain.

I feel very privileged this evening to have been allowed to pay this tribute to President Hilla Limann, teacher, scholar, economist, diplomat, President and statesman and above all a hero of democracy in Ghana and Africa.

I am doubly honoured because this is the first time that I am paying tribute to someone I was not personally acquainted with, although I lived in Ghana during the initial year that he was President.  The honour also arises because I am paying this tribute on behalf of the entire executive and membership of Ghana Union London in my role as Chairman.

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The CPP will win through with its ideas

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By: Sawyerr, Ade, (2003-07-08)

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Forty three years after our nation became a republic, reports of the demise of the CPP, the party that won us our independence and led us into a republic, are greatly exaggerated. Yes, the CPP maybe gravely wounded but are the wounds terminal or can the party be revived? There are those who conveniently chose to believe that the Supreme Party is incapable of being nurtured back to health, what with the state of our hospitals in Ghana. This school of thought is probably blinded by the opportunism of some of its so called leaders and the positioning rifts within the camp. They wish that the party was dead and that something else takes its place.

I am one of those people who think that, though the party seems to be dying, the knells and tolls are premature. As an eternal optimist, I believe that the policies of the CPP in the sixties would have shifted from one of state corporatism to private enterprise development. I still believe that despite all that has been said about state enterprises, there was a time in the history of our nation when we needed state enterprises.

I am one of those who still believe that the accelerated educational policy that was adopted by the party, and that was responsible for providing good education to the present crop of politicians, could not have been implemented by any other party.

And I still believe that the health policies of the Supreme Party, despite our poverty, saved most of us from certain death because we would have been condemned to the divination of traditional healers, when modern scientific advances were what the country needed.

So why is the party still struggling? It is struggling because until we have that debate about the best paths that Ghana, an underdeveloped country, must take towards development, the country will never come into its own. All that the present leaders of the party are doing is postponing that debate. The thought that money and personality are the only factors that are required to win the hearts of the electorate in the country must be debunked now. Nkrumah achieved that with new ideas.

What the CPP needs to win are the minds of the people, what we need to do is to remind all that 35 long years after the CPP was overthrown by military adventurers, we still have a Ghana Airways and a Ghana Commercial Bank that the present NPP government is thinking of selling to raise money for its campaign at 2004.

But we also need to remind the electorate, that a poor man who does not have capital cannot adopt a capitalist way of operating a country. Capitalism is about people working for the capitalist, it may be the best way of running a business, a commercial entity, but is definitely not the way to run a poor country.

So what must the CPP do? The CPP must widen the debate about the paths of development for the country.

The CPP must bring to the fore the debate on our utilities, about our health system, about the governments commitment to education of all the people, wherever they live in the country. The CPP must challenge the present government on what it intends to do for the masses and how it intends to empower the people, especially our youth. The was a time when the present ruling party preferred to refer to poor people as individuals now they have also adopted the lingo of independence. They even clearly boast that they have adopted the internationalist perspective of the CPP.

The CPP must also challenge the failed policies of the NDC. How they bungled the educational and health systems and how they sold the country short by disposing of some of the country’s priced assets for little more than peanuts.

The CPP must show to all that what the NPP is doing is nothing new, they are merely following the failed policies of a discredited party and prove to the electorate that all that is happening now on the Ghanaian scene is more of the same borrowing to the hilt as if it is only by using money from abroad that the country will rise up again.

I am certain that the electorate is gradually becoming aware of this, that the NPP cried and shouted so much in opposition about how they had the people and all we find now is that they were bankrupt of ideas and their vision was somehow blinkered and distorted by their desire to use the courts and all they have at their hands to discredit their political opponents.

It is now evident that buried under the mass of statistics about the performance of the present government and how they are turning around the economy, they still cannot get things right for the common people who still form the mass of people in this country.

And whilst the CPP is asking all these questions of the two main parties, the NDC and the NPP, it must also challenge the domesticated policies of the mavericks, the inactive ranting of the suspended party, and the twisted vision of the reformists.

The CPP has a lot going for it. Those involved in the socialist forum must not leave their discussions in theories and concepts. They must also tell us how these concepts can be contextualised into development plans for a developing nation like Ghana.

The time may not be right for the CPP, but since it was the only party that could lead us into independence and into a republic; it is the only group with the clarity of vision that can take us back on the path of development that will lead to growth.

The time for taking the message to the people is now! Forward ever, backwards never!

 

Ade Sawyerr is a management consultant. He focuses on enterprise, community development, and employment strategies for ethnic minority people in the UK. He passes occasional comment on developmental issues in Africa and can be reached at jwasawyerr@gmail.com