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Opinions of Friday, 12 November 2010

Columnist: Afro Ghana

Rejoinder: Castle Boys Fight Over Cash

9TH November, 2010.

Dear Sir,
The leadership of the Alliance for Responsible Opposition (AFRO) notes with
grave concern certain in-exactitudes that were published in the 8th November
2010 edition of the Daily Guide.
The paper in the referred to edition sought to create the impression that the
Alliance for Responsible Opposition is a group which is being sponsored by the
presidency and national security. This was a cruel misrepresentation of the
group’s source of existence given the sacrifices that members have had to
provide to keep the group going.

The caption “CASTLE BOYS FIGHT OVER CASH” is not only a distortion and a
contortion of the reality on the ground but also sought to create the erroneous
impression that AFRO is funded by the National Security Coordinator, Lt Col
Larry Gbevlo Lartey (rtd). We will want to state unequivocally that AFRO has no
links with the National Security Coordinator or any National Democratic Congress
(NDC) “Chieftain” as maliciously carried by the Daily Guide, and would never
seek under any circumstances to establish any such links.
The caption indeed was a far cry from the dismissal letter issued by the
Leadership Committee of the Alliance for Responsible Opposition (AFRO) to Mr.
Benjamin Akyena Brantuo relieving him of his duties as Convener!
We wish to state emphatically here and now that AFRO is an inter-party political
pressure group which was painstakingly formed through the effort, energies and
intellect of young and courageous individuals of this country who come from
diverse ideological and political persuasions but mostly of the social
democratic tradition. We state here without fear of contradiction and for
confirmation by media organisations that have in the past covered our public
events that - AFRO has no patron – that AFRO was not formed at the instance of
all of the individuals and offices that have been waved about in the media.

We know how far we have come as a group and look back with some sense of
satisfaction and pride at how we have through collective efforts and
contributions been able to bring AFRO this far. AFRO will not be distracted by
spins meant to dampen its resolve and commitment to its chosen course.

AFRO will continue to strongly advocate and campaign for sanitized politics,
issue-based public discourse and responsible opposition. As youth we are well
convinced beyond doubt that the actions of the current generation will surely
impact on future generations and thus we will continue in the role that we have
chosen for ourselves to participate in the determination of the future of this
country. We will do this fearlessly and in spite of propagandist’s attempts to
derail our efforts.
We identify ourselves with the social democratic tradition and to the extent
that policies and programmes of the incumbent government which also lay claim to
social democracy contradict with this very philosophy Ghanaians can rest assured
that we will subject the NDC government to constructive critique.Critiques that
will serve as models for all civil society groupings including political parties
who wish to contribute their ideas through policy engagement and discussion of
alternatives for the development of our dear nation.

As we seek the broader issue of national development, AFRO is least interested
in the intra party disputes of political parties. Our wish is for an increased
strength and unity for all political parties. Internal strength and unity that
will enable them to better discuss and engage on policies of state. For
avoidance of doubt AFRO is not aligned to any intra party faction of any
political party. Our call is for the closing up of ranks in all political
parties and for promotion of intra party issue-based debates on the course of
direction for our country.
We wish to use this medium to thank our teeming members and supporters who in
diverse ways have contributed to the sustenance of the group to this date. We do
count on your continued support as we move in our collective into the future.

Long Live AFRO, Long Live the People of Ghana, Long Live Ghana.


Afro Ghana"

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