The Political History of Ghana – 1950-2013

Rejoinder to recent allegations against me

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  • October 1, 2015
Dr. Obed Y. Asamoah

Dr. Obed Y. Asamoah

I have noticed what appears to be an orchestrated campaign designed to impugn my integrity as a Minister of State. A few nondescript newspapers, particularly “The New Statesman” and “Today” in their issues of 28th September, 2015 identified me as the shadowy character behind an alleged fraudulent acquisition by a Volta Investment Company of 15,000 acres of land belonging to the Tei Nartey Boso Buahene family of Ningo. The articles accuse me of fraud and conflict of interest. A third newspaper “The Ghanaian Observer” also carried the story but shied away from mentioning my name. Read more...

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Chapter 5: From Revolution to Constitutionalism PNDC Era to Fourth Republic

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  • December 16, 2014

The 31 December Revolution

Flt. Lt. J.J. Rawlings

Flt. Lt. J.J. Rawlings

At a carefully chosen time in the night of 31 December 1981, when New Year’s parties were in full swing, Flt. Lt. Rawlings struck again to take over power. This was the culmination of a growing confrontation between the Limann Government and Rawlings and associates, typified by the harassment of the latter by the security apparatus of the Limann Government. Chris Asher, Editor-in-Chief of the Palaver, reportedly told the BBC that the Limann Administration had fed him with false information to wage an “orchestrated campaign” of lies against Flt. Lt. Rawlings. Read more...

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Chapter 2: The Power Struggle in Ghana under Nkrumah – Reaping the Whirlwind

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  • November 5, 2014
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah – Credit to wiki-pedia

In January 1962, Gbedemah and Kojo Bostio were summoned before the Central Committee to answer charges of attempting to overthrow the government through an illegal strike. In Nkrumah’s absence, the Central Committee revoked Botsio’s membership of the Party, of the Committee and of Parliament, his plea for clemency notwithstanding. Gbedemah did not appear to answer the charges against him and was expelled from the Party. Read more...

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Chapter 2: The Power Struggle in Ghana under Nkrumah

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  • November 4, 2014

Dr. Kwame NkrumahExcepts from “The political History of Ghana (1950-2014)”
Chapter 2: The Power Struggle in Ghana under Nkrumah

Nkrumah’s overthrow in February 1966 was principally the result of his conflict with the opposition, which external forces exploited. Until he broke away to form the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in 1949, the nationalist movement was united under the banner of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC). Nkrumah’s haste for independence made him break ranks with his colleagues of the UGCC, at whose invitation he returned to Ghana to join the independence struggle. The advent of the CPP set the stage for a most bitter power struggle centered on, among other things, strategies for achieving independence and the choice of political system for an independent Ghana – a unitary or federal system of government. Read more...

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Chapter 1: Growing up

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  • November 4, 2014

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Chapter 1: Growing up

…Caning by teachers was the order of the day back then. It made going to school an unpleasant experience, as some teachers were particularly wicked. When my older brother came to teach my class at the junior school, he whipped me to no end on the theory that you must be harsher on your own than on others. I was not amused by this treatment, as I was comparatively a good pupil. There was no point complaining to my parents either, as my father, with his German and Presbyterian training, also caned us regularly. He considered it an appropriate antidote to infractions of discipline and the best thing that could happen to us. My getting neighbours and relatives, particularly my brother-in-law, Mathias Agble, to intervene and to plead for mercy invariably only postponed the evil. My father had the knack of allowing my siblings and I to go to sleep thinking we had escaped punishment only to be woken up early the next morning around 4:00 a.m. to receive our punishment. Read more...

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