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General News of Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Kwame Nkrumah plunged Ghana into chaos - John Agyekum Kufuor

His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor Ex-President of the Republic of Ghana has accused Kwame Nkrumah of destabilizing the peace of the country and also plunged the country into chaos and virtually eradicated democracy during his Era.

The past president made these assertions while speaking with the leaders of the International Democratic Union (IDU) when they visited him in his office.

The president pointed out in his statement that President Nkrumah established a system unitary state that did not tolerate varying ideologies.

‘‘He built a whole prison just 22 miles of Accra for detention of political opponents” he said.

He observed: “Democracy as we are espousing was virtually killed,” and was quick to add that

“By 1966 the country had had too much and it was labouring under poverty it had never known before” he said. Mr. Kufuor, who served as president between 2001 and 2009, said the country was “labouring under intolerance and people were not allowed to express themselves [under President Nkrumah] …”

The Ex-President remarked that the country tasted true democracy only after 1992 when we were ushered into the 4 republic and hoped that we have had a gradual improvement.

The International Democratic Union is a centre and centre right movement made up of 80 Conservative, Christian Democrat and like-minded political parties of which New Patriotic Party (NPP) is a member one. It was through Mr Kufuor when he was the president of the Republic of Ghana, that the NPP joined the IDU

Therefore, the leadership of the Union deemed it fit to pay a courtesy call on him before the commencement of a meeting by the IDU in Accra.