Saturday, October 11, 2014

NPP & The Concordia Ventures Affair (2)

Reacting to the ruling, Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, the National Treasurer of the NPP expressed surprise at the turn of events and said that it ran counter to an earlier agreement that the Party had reached with Concordia Ventures for an amicable settlement of the dispute. "WE HAD AGREED WITH THEM (CONCORDIA) IN PRINCIPLE TO PAY-OFF THE DEBT AND HAD EVEN AGREED UPON A SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT WE DREW UP TO THAT EFFECT," he explained. 

Mr. Owusu-Agyeman said that, following this agreement, the lawyers of the NPP were to liaise with the counsel for Concordia Ventures to have the case formally withdrawn from court for the settlement to be effected. "IT IS SURPRISING THAT, AFTER ALL THESE, THE CASE WAS STILL IN COURT AND A RULING ON THE MATTER HAS BEEN GIVEN," he said.

The Press Secretary of NPP, Mr. Adu Kwabena- Essem, issued a statement in support of J.A. Kufuor. The statement described as "unscrupulous and outrage to journalistic ethics" the publication in the June 19 - 25 edition of the African Observer that the party's flag-bearer for the 1996 general elections, Mr. J.A. Kufuor, was involved in the purchase of vehicles for the last elections. 

The statement said the Party was shocked to read the front page banner headline: "Political deceits" and its purported story on page two entitled "Doubts about Kufuor". The Press Secretary said that "ALTHOUGH THE NPP, AS A LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS COMMITTED TO FREEDOM FOR INDIVIDUALS AND, PARTICULARLY THE MEDIA, IT IS DISTRESSED BY DELIBERATE ATTEMPTS TO PORTRAY IT OR ITS LEADERSHIP FOR WHAT THEY WERE NOT.

He continued: "IT IS AN OUTRAGE TO JOURNALISTIC ETHICS AND AN AFFRONT TO ALL THAT IS FAIR AND DECENT" for the African Observer to label a political leader as "deceitful", and to "impute" other highly libelous intentions to him on the basis of fact the paper itself acknowledges are very sketchy. 

In his statement the Press Officer of the NPP stated that, when a reporter of the African Observer called on him to comment on the issue, the reporter was asked to come back after the Efigya Sekyere East election to speak to the General Secretary, Mr. Agyenim Boateng; but the reporter failed to do so. 

According to the Press Officer, the fact that the paper published its "very sketchy" fact without calling back to see the General Secretary suggested that the paper "was not really interested in getting the true facts of the matter".

He then stated that any fair-minded person would conclude from the approach of the African Observer that it was a deliberate attempt by the paper to tarnish the image of Mr. Kufuor for reasons best known to the paper. He then added that "the party has had no doubts about the integrity of Mr. Kufuor who, the party is convinced beyond all doubt, has always tried to serve it". 

Rejecting the claim by the paper that Mr. Kufuor wanted to win more clout within the party, the statement said Mr. Kufuor was elected by the party's national delegate's conference and confirmed as the Great Alliance presidential candidate. 

As stated earlier the Deku Committee appointed to investigate the charges by Mr. Essamuah against J.A. Kufuor decided to request Essamuah to substantiate the charges he had leveled against Kufuor but would not deal further with the issue of the transaction regarding the purchase of motor cycles from Concordia Ltd. Mr. Essamuah objected to this procedure and sent a letter of protest to the Chairman of the party.

In a statement, the NPP Executive described as unmeritorious the protest of Mr. Colin Essamuah against the procedure adopted by the Deku Committee. The statement, issued in Accra and signed by Mr. N. Adu Kwabena-Essem, was issued to clarify the Deku Committee report and to respond to the comments and observations by some members of the party against the report. The statement explained that, while the national executive committee of the party was deliberating on the Deku Committee Report, Mr. Essamuah protested against the procedure adopted by the committee to investigate the allegations contained in his letter. According to the statement, Mr. Essamuah had protested against the fact that no one else apart from himself was invited to testify at the Committee. He also protested at the fact that the report had been leaked to the media. 

With regard to the leakage of the report, the statement of the National Executive Committee noted that the Deku Committee had suggested that, since it was itself suspected, an entirely new committee should be set up to investigate who leaked the report. The statement also said that, in accepting the Committee's report, the National Executive Committee decided not to accept the Committee's recommendation that Mr. Essamuah be referred to the Party's disciplinary committee to be sanctioned. The statement added that "IT WAS AFTER THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HAD GIVEN CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THESE AND OTHER SALIENT MATTERS THAT IT DECIDED TO PUT THE WHOLE EPISODE BEHIND THE PARTY". 

Although the NPP had agreed to settle the dispute concerning the transaction with Concordia Ventures without further recourse to the court, subsequent developments showed that the issue itself did not go away as quietly as had been hoped. 

With a view to helping the NPP to defray the costs of the Concordia transaction and the court action relating to it, the National Executive Committee decided to request every presidential aspirant to contribute $2,000 to funds to be mobilized by the Party to settle the debt incurred in respect of the Concordia Ventures transaction. 

However, Mr. Koi-Larbi, one of the Party's presidential aspirants, expressed opposition to the special levy on presidential aspirants to help settle the $90,000 debt to Concordia Ventures Ltd.


He added that, to avoid a repetition of such a serious matter, it was essential for the party to identify and deal with those who led it into incurring such a debt. He described the incident as unfortunate and lamented the fact that, instead of looking for money to revitalize constituency organizations, "WE ARE LOOKING FOR MONEY TO PAY DUBIOUS DEBTS FOR WHICH NOBODY HAS BEEN REPRIMANDED OR DISCIPLINED". 

He also queried why the National Executive Committee of the party had decided to impose "the tax" to settle the debt only on the presidential aspirants for the year 2000 elections. He further demanded an assurance that the items were duly received by the accredited agents of the party in the constituencies. 

Eventually, the Party considered it necessary to put the controversy behind it, and to concentrate its efforts rather on the preparations for the next electoral battle which was expected in 2000 when elections would be held for both President and members of Parliament.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

‘Agbadza and Batakari’ Promotions (2)

continued from last edition

The Armed Forces are no longer operating professionally with high senses of camaraderie and/or esprit de corps. It is now a question of show of power and arrogant victimization of opponents. It is very sad that the Voltarians and the Northerners with NDC hearts and minds are outsmarting, cheating, bullying, humiliating and victimizing very brilliant, promising, young and enterprising officers (Akans and Non-Akans) suspected to be politically incorrect.

One may ask the following questions:

1. What has Lieutenant Colonel JA Aphour done to undergo such a humiliating treatment?

2. Is it not a similar treatment given to Lieutenant Colonel Adjaye-Gaisie that is being given to Lieutenant Colonel J.A. Aphour? Was it not because he was the Commanding Officer of the 6Bn in Tamale at the time of the 2008 elections (just as Lieutenant Colonel Adjaye-Gaisie was the Commanding Officer of 1Bn) that he has been given humiliating and unfair treatment since January 2009?

3. Is Lieutenant Colonel JA Aphour not far ahead of the Komlagas, Dawohosos, Ntems, Dzandu-Hedidors and Mustaphas?

4. What is the crime of Lieutenant Colonel Agyemang-Prempeh? Why is he so much hated by Colonel Akou-Adjei?  Is it true that Colonel Akou-Adjei (the Army Secretary) has sworn never to recommend Lieutenant Colonels Agyemang-Prempeh, Amissah and Oddoye for promotion to the rank of Colonel? 

5. If it is not true (based on comments made by the ethnocentric Akou-Adjei) then why were the three officers denied promotion while all their mates have been promoted Colonels.

6. What about Lieutenant Colonel BB Owusu? Why was he not promoted Colonel?

Colonel Akou-Adjei has positioned himself very strategically just as Colonel Senchim did under Generals Odotei and Adinkrah and is using his position as Army Secretary to enhance the chances, opportunities and careers of his Voltarian and Northern partners while destroying Akans and Non-Akans perceived or suspected to be NPP sympathizers because of positions they occupied during the Kufuor Administration.

Colonel Akou-Adjei has found a willing partner at the General Headquarters as the Military Secretary. With Commodore M. Beick-Baffour, also a Voltarian from the same area as Akou-Adjei, Colonel Akou-Adjei is now a ‘tin god’ in the Ghana Army and is the one defining and directing the destinies of Army officers. Commodore M. Beick-Baffour pretends to be helpful and sympathetic and yet behaves as a snake under grass pursuing the policies and programmes of Brigadier General M. Seidu Adams (the DMNAA in Washington) who controls the Armed Forces from outside. 

Because Commodore Beick-Baffour was a deputy to General Seidu Adams and was briefed to continue the strategic plan of the current administration, he is leaving no stone unturned in pursuing the wicked agenda 2012 and 2016 as prepared by General Seidu Adams and approved by the hypocrite.

The current administration is preparing for war and is positioning its trusted officers and men in key positions. 

Patriotic, nationalistic and peaceful Ghanaians must take note of these developments to stop them now or have to regret later.

It is evident at the General Headquarters and Service Headquarters that the current administration has a war plan with the Military High Command helping the inefficient, incompetent, corrupt and bankrupt regime of our current Commander-In-Chief to stay in power against the wishes of the people.

All key appointments in the Ghana Armed Forces are in the hands of Voltarians and Northerners of wicked intentions. Analysis of the key appointments in subsequent publications will throw more light on the war plan of the current administration.

The current number of undeserving Brigadier Generals and Colonels is untenable. A lot of these officers do not deserve these enviable ranks. The ranks have become so cheap that thieves, criminals, dishonest and morally bankrupt persons are wearing them while very competent and professionally well-developed officers are being denied their fair share of the promotions.

Not even the British Armed Forces can boast of several Brigadier Generals, Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels based on the thin strength of the officer Corps and men of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Promotions have been given to officers as political rewards and not on sound judgment and professional competence. For instance, how many Brigades (based on the British strength of a Brigade (i.e. NATO strength) can the Ghana Army boast of?

When the two existing commands (Southern and Northern) were in place, they did not have the requisite strength (personnel) and Unit Equipment Tables (UETs). The two former Commands did not measure up to full Brigades by NATO standard, and yet they have been divided into three Commands just to flatter and appease the men in uniform. Is it not a mockery of the military profession?

What is happening in the Ghana Airforce? 

What does somebody want at all? Why should full blooded Ghanaians be treated this way?
What has been the crime of Air Commodore EO Obeng?

Why should health challenges be used as a crime against an individual? There is this saying that when you want steal or cheat, it is better to cheat death but not anything else and have we forgotten that both green and brown leaves fall? 

You were there when Lieutenant General P.A Blay visited Lebanon every six months and intermittently for medical check-ups after collapsing during a tour of the UNIFIL Area of Operation? Was General Blay not allowed to complete his tour of duty?

Is Brigadier General Adokpa not going in and out of the 37 Military Hospital owing to medical challenges? Yet, is Brigadier General Adokpa not occupying two Departments at the General Headquarters (i.e. DG DID and Director Resettlement) with the blessing of the Military High Command?

Was Colonel R. Nyaka not having serious medical challenges and yet got appointed Director Army Training and Director General Joint Operations at the General Headquarters?
Is Colonel RJK Komlaga not facing medical challenges and yet in your recent promotions and appointments he has been elevated to the status of Deputy Director General at the Department of Defence Intelligence?

Air Commodore EO Obeng, kindly ask yourself that where are the Smiths, Odoteis?  It is not a crime to be honest, God-fearing, humble and faithful to one’s wife so you should expect this demotion.
Is it a crime in the Ghana Airforce not to be a Northerner or Voltarian? 

As for the Kadiris (NR), Evans (VR), Nagais (Krobo), Wayoes, Dzokotos and Nyadoduis, don’t be shocked if same happens to you and to Evans in particular, if you think you can become Airforce Commander because of the war college nonsense which Nagai is yet to undertake and I doubt he will, forget your ambition. 

Nagai, you have smartly cleared the Narteys, Krakues and now is the turn of the Obengs abi? My principle of both green and brown leaves falling is a big lesson. As then Colonel I.K. Acheampong used the popular twi song – “ Towoboase o nafidiewurabeba, neaobe bowo maa ye a wo se obiara ntumiwo …” to overthrow Prime Minister Dr. K. A. Busia, so also will a day come when your godfathers won’t be there. Even Colonel Gadaffi is no more and President Hosni Mubarak is also languishing in close arrest.

Well, why has the Military High Command been selective in dealing with the issue of the Nurses (Female Nursing Officers) in the Ghana Armed Forces?

How come that only two of the Nursing officers (One a Voltarian and the other a Northerner) were promoted Colonel while several others (Gas and Akans) have been retired or are being retired?
Why could the Military High Command not treat the case of the Nursing Officers on Departmental basis as they did for the military Medical Officers so that they could also be promoted Colonels?

Is it not funny to promote Colonels Tamakloe (VR) and Amantana (UER) as Deputy Matrons (Admin Nursing) and (Clinical Nursing) respectively?

Was the same thing not done for Colonel CK Agbeka at the Obs. and Gynae Department in the early days of the NDC as a reward?

Hmm, the evil that men do lives after them . . . . . .