Kufour’s legacy – dishonouring the name of Osagyefo Nkrumah
By: Sawyerr, Ade, (2008-02-25)
Several years ago, I met with President Kufour. It was a chance meeting; he was campaigning to be President of Ghana and had visited England. I was fortunate to have been invited to a Diwali festival that Tony Blair was attending and Mr Kufour had come along with a view of seeking audience with Blair who was then the prime minister.
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I looked up and saw this bloke who looked familiar – I approached him and we had an engaging discussion for upwards of 30 minutes till he was called away. I liked his confidence – he was going to be president of my country so I wanted to know his views on a variety of issues and where Ghanaians stood with him.
I must admit that though he carried himself very well and listened well during our exchange, I concluded that I did not like his politics. When he became president, I wished him well in an open letter that I wrote to him. I asked that he run the country well, I asked that he should rid the country of corruption and that he should do his best till my own party came on the scene. I however asked that he should keep wise counsel and consult wisely on things that were contentious in terms of holding our country together.
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I wrote this after the December 2000 elections. I did not provide advice for President Atta Mills when he took over in 2008. I will find time to provide some advice to President John Mahama, but i will wait till after he has made all his appointments.
My view of multiparty politics is that it must be adversarial and that the winner in a Presidential race deserves the space to make his own appointments and to run the country the way he sees fit because the people have given him the mandate. Fortunately sitting in far away England, i do not know those who President Mahama is appointing; i hope they are competent and I hope that he would make a final break from the Provisional National Defence Council.
To the victor, ALL the spoils
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Date: 01-02-2001 07:18
To the victor, ALL the spoils
A government of national unity will be a retrogressive step for democracy in Ghana.
Despite what some of us wrote against the NPP it being an Asante Party, and against Kuffour, he being not ready to rule the country, the people of Ghana have spoken and comprehensively voted against the NDC in this election.
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