Rawlings – June 4th 1979 was not your finest hour, your best moment was January 7th 2001 by Ade Sawyerr

Rawlings – June 4th 1979 was not your finest hour, your best moment was January 7th 2001 – by Ade Sawyerr


Retired military dictators, in the very few countries that tolerate military interventions, are allowed to lead the rest of their lives in obscurity drawing their military pension.  But in Africa most turn themselves
into civilian presidents and then find it difficult to leave the national scene.  These ex-presidents do damage to our democracy because they become obsessed with the preservation of their legacies and end up meddling in the small stage of their countries.  These presidents would serve their legacies better if they transform themselves into international statesmen on a larger scene where the benefits of their experience as heads of state will be better valued.

So when I hear persons such as Babangida and Obasanjo in Nigeria and Rawlings in Ghana going on about parties they created, I wonder why they do not put their leadership experience to bigger challenges in full view of the whole world.  Military dictators, in my view, owe the electorate a debt of gratitude for disrupting the democratic process of their countries inevitably they leave  their countries in a worse state, socially, politically and economically, than when they took over.  We civilians are therefore grateful for term limits on presidencies; the fact is that presidents do not perform better because they stay longer, most do not come with any vision for the transformation of their countries and it is likely that the longer they stay the worse they will become.

I have read the recent pronouncements of Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings Retired, a former military ruler and former president of Ghana extolling the ideals of June 4th, one of the most chaotic period of our political life in Ghana.  The tragedy that was unleashed on the people of Ghana by mindless soldiers,  supported by students barely out of breeches who had no concept of governing a country having  only experienced a clueless military government,  gives me the shivers even today 30 or so years after the event.  Supporting actor in this June 4th braggadocio, is another retired soldier, Major Boakye Djan now seeking another taste of government as a civilian legislator; he who wants us to believe his invention that the spokesperson is  the actual leader and the leader is really only ceremonial. Continue reading “Rawlings – June 4th 1979 was not your finest hour, your best moment was January 7th 2001 by Ade Sawyerr”


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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Real Change is going to come to Ghana too!!

Real Change is going to come to Ghana too!!

By Ade Sawyerr
Feature Article | Thu, 04 Dec 2008

Whatever happens on Sunday 7th December 2008, there is going to be change in Ghana. Whether the change will be real or not will depend on the perceptions of Ghanaians as to where we should be heading as a country and which party can get us there.

Parliamentary elections
Let me start by talking about the Parliamentary elections, the one that I consider to be the most important if we are to continue with a deepening of our multiparty democratic dispensation.

Parliament is expected to be the highest authority in the land in making the laws of the country and with respect to approving budgets that are set by government. In the Parliamentary system in the UK, parliament is not only the highest lawmaking authority but part of parliament acts as the executive. In the US, the House of Representatives and the Senate are required to make law and the executive president has the role of governing the country. In the Ghanaian system we have a hybrid system where members of parliament are allowed to be part of the executive.

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Leaders without constituencies – the sorry state of the party….


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Leaders without constituencies – the sorry state of the party….

….that was once supreme.

I am not an apostate, I still believe in the Nkrumahist vision, but I get nightmares when I hear about all these attempts to reinvent the CPP. I am also worried about the contenders and pretenders who aspire to take on the mantle of the greatest leader Ghana has ever had, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. My concern is that these leaders do not seem to have any constituencies or have left them behind.

I am happier though, that the CPP is thinking about meeting with its ward and constituency leaders to reexamine the message and the strategy for getting its natural constituency fired up to fight the next election. News about talks to set up more merger and unification talks at the national level is not what the people of Ghana need. Those talks about talks do not inspire confidence of the voters. The party must be holding its discussions at the grassroots local level if it is to assume its status as a supreme Party again.

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A free and fair society for all


By Ade Sawyerr
Feature Article | Thu, 08 Dec 2005

Feature Article : “The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Modernghana.com.”

The tsunami in South East Asia and Katrina in America were both natural disasters but whilst both destroyed property and took thousands of lives, the New Orleans disaster has brought into sharper focus the need for a system of development and type of government that will at once deliver for the people a free and fair society for all and respond quickly in the time of crisis.

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