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Kwaku Baah

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Mpraeso, Ghana

Kwaku Baah is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was a member of the second republic of Ghana serving as a deputy minister, a minority leader in the third republic, and the vice-chairman of the National Democratic Congress in the fourth republic.

He also served as a member of parliament for the Nkawkaw Constituency.

He was born at Mpraeso on the 25th of August 1935. He attended the Mpraeso Presbyterian Middle School and then proceeded to the Mfantsipim School. He has a diploma from the Ghana School of law obtained in 1962 and a fellow the Northwestern University, Chicago for studies in law and international relations.

Two months before he was called to the bar, Kwaku Baah co-authored the brief on Baffour Akoto's case by J. B. Danquah.

Due to his involvement with Pauli Murray in aiding J. B. Danquah to defend eight prisoners arrested under the Preventive Detention Act during the Nkrumah regime he was slated for arrest. He returned to Ghana after the overthrow of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

He was deputy minister of the Interior until 1972 when the Busia government was overthrown. He was also a member of the steering committee of the National Executives of Progress Party. During the third republic, he was the minority leader of the Popular Front Party.

In 1980, he took kenkey and yoke gari to parliament to demonstrate the ordeals and frustration of the ordinary Ghanaian to make ends meet and feed, causing a stir.

Due to an internal conflict with Victor Owusu, leader of the party, he was replaced with Samuel Odoi-Sykes and was expelled together with J. H. Owusu Acheampong; a member of parliament for the Berekum constituency. He then sat as an independent member of parliament with Owusu Acheampong. The Popular Front Party called on them to resign so by-elections could be organized in their various constituencies.

In 1994, he joined the National Democratic Congress where he was made the vice-chairman of the party. He resigned in 2005 following incidents at the Koforidua congress citing cases of alleged assault and intimidation.

Kwaku Baah also accused former president John Rawlings of openly showing his support and dislike for some candidates contesting for positions in the party.

Positions held

1965 - 1966-Consultant on Human Rights, United Nations Office of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), 1967 - 1968- Joint Secretary, Constitutional Commission of Ghana (Drafting 2nd Republican constitution of Ghana, 1968 - 1969- Joint clerk constituent Assembly (drafting and promulgating 2nd Republic Constitution of Ghana 1969 - 1972 Member of Parliament - Nkawkaw Constituency (2nd Republic) September 1969 - September 1970 - Ministerial Secretary (ministry of Judiciaries) October 1970 - January 1971 - Ministerial Secretary (Ministry of Defence) February 1971 - February 1972 - Ministerial Secretary (ministry of Presidential Affairs) 1979 - 1981 Member of Parliament - Nkawkaw Constituency (3rd Republic) September 1980 - September 1981 - Minority leader (3rd republican Parliament, Popular Front Party) 1972 - till date - Private legal Practitioner