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The Brutal Dictatorship of Kwame Nkrumah II

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2015-02-04 12:20:13
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What are strict democratic principles?

“Should in case…” Your writing portrays your idiocy.
Everything that Adjei Sarfo has said in these two pieces, apart from one or two things about Nkrumah’s person, has been the absolute truth, unless you were too young in 1962-65 to understand what was going on.

Whatever assassination attempts that were made on Nkrumah began in 1961 or there about, but the PDA was passed under a “certificate of urgency” in 1958. So what exactly was it for? Granted that there were assassination attempts on Kwame Nkrumah’s person, mostly by his own “verandah boys” henchmen anyway, how about the TUC leaders that were jailed under PDA? How about those who landed in jail merely because they were reported by party men, mostly because they wanted their wives? The reports of the Commissions of Enquiry of 1966 are still in the archives.

As a fourteen year old in secondary form two, I cried when Mr Grant, the former head of the TUC narrated his experience under the PDA. He was with Kwesi Lamptey at that lecture. Kwesi Lamptey broke down soon after the lecture began and took no further part. Mr Grant recounted his experience when on Christmas day 1961, they were supposed to be given a special treat from “the great one.” It was plain rice mingled with sea sand with a splash of pale tomato soup and no meat or fish.

They had not eating all day, but Kwesdi Lamptey being a graduate of Biology and a former teacher at Fijai Secondary School, advised his colleagues not to eat it as the sand particles could hurt their intestines. And their crimes? Mr Grant had led a democratically balloted TUC strike in 1960, being the head of the Railway Union and the TUC in general. Kwesi Lamptey was arrested and jailed under PDA because his relative and a member of the TUC leadership had visited him the day before the strike.

When it suited him, Kwame Nkrumah used the TUC to call a general strike in 1948 and by 1960, he was jailing TUC leaders for calling legitimate strikes.

Just look around, the parties formed by the leaders of the British Empire who began their rules under democratic principles and rule of law – Pandit Nehru, Lee Kuang Yew, Sukarno, Jomo Kenyatta, Kaunda – still have the legacies of their independent parties winning elections in their respective countries. Does the state of the CPP today not reflect its founder and his adherents?

Let us be humble enough to learn from our history and begin to do the right thing for the sake of generations unborn!

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