Samia Nkrumah, CPP chairperson

Samia Nkrumah, CPP chairperson ? Following the insolent charade that was the National Democratic Congress-sponsored so-called National Economic Forum (NEF), held at Senchi, in the “Sunrise Region,” the National Chairwoman of the rump-Convention People’s Party (rump-CPP), Ms. Samia Yaba Nkrumah, released a sheepishly worded self-righteous letter to the media in which the daughter of Ghana’s first postcolonial premier sought to obliquely castigate the ruling party for flagrantly wasting the time of the invitees and participants (See “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Ghana” Ghanaweb.com 5/18/14).

 

In essence, Ms. Nkrumah claims that the Mahama government had failed to provide her and her political associates any concrete baseline agenda of precisely what was to be discussed at the Senchi confab, which the rump-CPP leader surmises ought to have entailed a comprehensive review of our nation’s economy, particularly how it had either been managed or mismanaged during the course of the last 30 years. We shall, of course, make time to talk about why Ms. Nkrumah had expediently and conveniently skirted around the radically gross economic mismanagement of our country’s wealth and monetary resources between the seminal period of 1957 and 1966 in due course.

 

What is clear from her press release, though, is the patently predictable fact of the rump-CPP leader’s having attended the Senchi Charade in hopes of drumming up cheap publicity for her decidedly effete and moribund party, knowing fully well that it was abjectly lacking in specifics of what was to be discussed, thus forcing her group to participate on an observer status. Ms. Nkrumah, implicitly, also describes the Senchi carnival as a total waste of time and human and economic and/or material resources.

 

On the latter score alone, the epically ambitious Ms. Nkrumah eloquently vindicates New Patriotic Party National Chairman, Mr. Paul Afoko, and the latter’s General-Secretary, Mr. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, that the Senchi NEF was a lurid diversionary tactic aimed at hoodwinking Ghanaians into believing that the Mahama government was dead-serious about repairing the nation’s fast-deteriorating economy.

 

Add to the preceding, the NDC’s cavalier demonstration of wanton and abject disrespect in hand-delivering its invitation of the New Patriotic Party leadership to its Senchi Charade barely two working days before the commencement of the same, and such gesture could not be envisaged to be even more objectionable. On the latter score, also, Ms. Nkrumah is perfectly in agreement with Team Afoko. Where the two opposition party leaders differ is in regard to principles. The New Patriotic Party leaders have clearly demonstrated that the National Economic Forum organizers had executed the same in inescapably bad faith.

 

In other words, the NEF had far more to do with a diversionary political gimmickry, as Mr. Afoko had initially alleged, than any serious attempt at progressively realigning the country’s public-policy culture in order to facilitate Ghana’s rapid and salutary economic development. For, after all, hadn’t Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the astute and distinguished Oxbridge-educated economist and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, held a well-attended lecture at the British Council Hall, in the nation’s capital, and meticulously and systematically enunciated the salient economic problems, largely one of gross administrative mismanagement, visited on our country by the Mahama government?

 

What is more, hadn’t even notable Mahama economic advisers like Dr. Nii Moi Thompson unreservedly concurred with Dr. Bawumia and even publicly advised his boss not to unwisely shy away from incorporating an observation or two from the two-time running-mate of the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo, rather than capriciously behaving like a partisan peacock? And guess what? In the main, the clearly articulated observations of Dr. Bawumia, in his British Council Hall lecture, were scarcely any different from those laid out by veteran, distinguished and globally recognized Ghanaian economists like Dr. K. Y. Amoako.

 

It is also significant to put on record the fact that one quite well-known crossover NPP graphic designer, journalist-editor and a former newspaper publisher, who had moderated the Bawumia lecture, but for clearly both ethnic and regional reasons, had vehemently and publicly dissociated himself from Dr. Bawumia’s incontrovertibly insightful prognosis on the ailing Ghanaian economy, would be shortly named Ghana’s ambassador to an African country for, apparently and implicitly, standing up to the Central University distinguished visiting professor of economics.

 

Anyway, where Ms. Nkrumah clearly allows her filopietistic emotions to override her cranial faculties is her rather facile, albeit predictable, presumption of President Nkrumah’s having, somehow, weaned Ghana off the “imperialist” ambit of the capitalist West. Maybe somebody needs to remind this wilfully misguided half-Egyptian woman, once again, that the largest trading partner of her father’s led Convention People’s Party, on the eve of the latter’s auspicious overthrow, was Apartheid South Africa (See Kwame Arhin’s The Life and Work of Kwame Nkrumah).

 

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*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Department of English

Nassau Community College of SUNY

Garden City, New York

E-mail: [email protected]

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