Wednesday, November 11, 2009


By Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.

A Rejoinder to: Feature Article, Kwesi Pratt should be the last person to ..., By: Damptey, Daniel Danquah, (2009-11-11)

"This Danquah Damtey is not a serious minded person. You should have started this crusade when NPP was in power. Now that you are out of and you mow seem to know the right thing, nobody will take you serious not even your own party members.If you are working, I will urge you to work hard but if you are not, then I will ask you to look for work."

- Ghanaweb Comment: Hypocrite, Author: Ishimoto, Date: 2009-11-11 09:12:47, Feature Article, Kwesi Pratt should be the last person to ..., By: Damptey, Daniel Danquah, (2009-11-11)

The question as to the whereabouts of Mr. Daniel Danquah Damptey when President Kufour was in power, is a very legitimate one indeed because under the NPP Administration of President Kufour, the perception was very much rife like today, if not worse, as the records indicate that Kufour loaded his administration with as much as 85% Akans! At that time, we did not hear from the holier-than-thou Church-fund-raising Dampest to alert us "on a very dangerous precedent or agenda". It was very much OK for our friend who, all of a sudden, now seems to have had a very fresh understanding of the constitution, to keep quiet then.

There is this "Author ..." whose insightful message needs to be relayed:

"Master, listen to yourself. only small minded people will take what this damptey wrote seriously. when ku4 loaded his administration with 85% ashanti/akans, it was ok for damptey, he saw nothing wrong with it. but he's crying wolf at attah mills because he's administration doesn't have exactly equal ethnic representation even though it's 1000 times better than what happened in ku4's administration, which had only one ewe minister.

That is the hypocrisy on damptey's part that kwesi pratt and co were talking about. it is ok for ku4 to have 85% ashanti/akan ministers but wrong for mills to have 20% ewes, 20% northners, 15% gas and 45% all other tribes (ashanti/akans).

If this is not a change from ku4's 85% ashanti/akan ministers i wonder what kind of change you want.


Ghanaweb Comment: THEN WHY SHD DAMPTEY COMPLAIN, Author ..., 2009-11-11 04:11:11, Feature Article, Kwesi Pratt should be the last person to ..., By: Damptey, Daniel Danquah, (2009-11-11)


I am surprised that Mr. Damptey admits that he handed over an article, as a known columnist, to an editor of a newspaper that is a personal friend. The article is quite naturally published in his name. Instead of calling his friend to correct the anomaly, he remains silent for weeks. And after receiving a good bashing from the press and the general public for the uncouth language in the article,as well as its complete and generalised stupidity, he is now looking for a way out to save his face. He himself seems to agree with some of the criticisms:

"While I associate myself with most of the sentiments expressed in the write up. I would like to state that I take strong exception to reference to President Mills as “simpa panin”as “Rawlings poodle”. Mills is our President and we should accord him the respect he deserves. The Lord says we should not touch his anointed and this also applies to President Mills. Even though the NDC denigrated the presidency under Kufuor by calling him unprintable names with even ex President Rawlings calling him ‘Atta Ayi, a thief and a murderer, I have decided since the election of Mills as President not to tread such a path. I will give respect to whoever respects should be accorded. And this principle I will try to uphold no matter the circumstances and as long as the Good Lord gives me breath. This much I pledge."

How was he expecting the panellists who discussed the article know of this pledge of his in the first place?
How many times do we go to Ghanaweb to research into the original writers of published articles when the name of the writer clearly published in the by-line? He could not even make a simple phone call to his own editor-friend to correct his own mistake, but he childishly expects Kwesi Pratt to surf on the Internet to visit Ghanaweb in order to ascertain the name of the original writer of an article published and furnished with a name on it!

"If Kwesi Pratt and his fellow pretenders had read the article with a fine toothcomb," he stupidly writes, "they would straight-away have known that such an article did not originate from my end. I have my own peculiar style of writing and any commentator on national issues must be discerning enough to get to the truth before passing judgments. Is Kwesi Pratt telling us that, inspite of all his bravado and ‘paa-paa’ he has never visited Ghanaweb before? Wonders, they say will never end."

I think we are dealing with a spoilt child here! What kind of nonsense is this? This spoilt child also admits that:

"I had some discussions with Baby Ansabah, Editor of the New Punch about appointments by the Mills administration. I told him somebody had compiled a list of such appointments which seem to tilt in favour of a particular tribe. I told him I would send a copy for his perusal and necessary action and this was exactly what I did. And up till the time the programme was being aired, I did not know it had been published with me as the author. I believe Baby Ansabah decided to use my name because I was the one who sent it to him and what I sent to him did not include the name of the author and so would not blame him much. I would not like to take credit for what is not entirely my own. But let it be noted that I am not the author of the script."

And he did not even bother to correct his own mistake of not including the name of the original writer, that is if we must even believe his version of the story, yet he wants us to go to Ghanaweb each time we see an article published under his name for verifications!


Daniel Danquah Damptey makes a lot of accusations of "hypocrisy" against Kwesi Pratt, Jnr., but comes strangely short of the facts, when it comes to the business of substantiation. First of all, he himself admits that Baby Ansabah, Editor of the New Punch published the offensive article in his name. Why does he not blame the Punch?

Of course, Mr. Damptey, "and so would not blame him [Baby Ansabah, Editor of the New Punch] much" is all you can say! Blame your hypocritical self! Even if one were to be a regular visitor to Ghanaweb, does it mean we know what each writer is saying? Let alone all the commentaries? The kind of lame questions he asks shows that quite probably, we have an idiot on our hands here. Instead of blaming the Punch, he rather prefers to ask:

"Is Kwesi Pratt telling us that, inspite of all his bravado and ‘paa-paa’ he has never visited Ghanaweb before? Wonders, they say will never end."

Why the attack on Kwesi by this Church Harvest-and fund-raising Christian when he himself admits that:

"Any moderator worth his sauce on a very sensitive national issue would have made attempts to call me for clarification."

Was Kwesi the moderator?

The obvious hypocrite here is our so-called Christian who chairs the
annual Harvest and Thanksgiving Service Committee of the Church where he claims to worship, but would lie about his love for Ewes! It is so ridiculous to read the childish "evidence of love":

"I hold Ewes in very high regard, for they are very nice people and I value their friendship. Three of my brothers are married to them and my father’s nephew who is the chief of my father’s village is also married to an Ewe."

There is no ring of truth to such a stupid assertion. I do believe that there are nice people in all the ethnic groups of this world, but only a hypocrite can make such a sweeping generalisation about Ewes: "they are very nice people"! Even the Ewes themselves shall be the first to say that not all Ewes are nice people, just as not all Gas or Ashantis are nice people! This so-called "Christian" is telling lies already!

Mr. Damptey is actually looking for non-existent facts to "prove" his love for Ewes and even begins to sound absurd:

"Three of my brothers are married to them"! Is he saying that the very fact of a brother's marriage to another person is proof of the in-law's love for the other's ethnic group? How much more stupid must he try to be in order to insult our intelligence!

To make his nonsense complete like a "talented" fool, he added:

"my father’s nephew who is the chief of my father’s village is also married to an Ewe..."


There are even many more of his relatives that the public is still not aware of who were in the Kufour Administration. Few people knew for instance that Asamoah Boateng and Joe Baidoo Ansah, J. H. Mensah's nephew, are both related to Kufour by marriage through Madam Theresa, Kufour's wife!

"I owe nobody any apology. I stand for the truth and I shall utilize every atom of energy in me to do what is right for my country. I shall not kowtow to any earthly power, no matter how intimidating that power might be. And if, because I am saying the truth, someone wants to eliminate me, let the one go ahead. We shall all appear individually before the judgement throne of the Living God one day." (see: last, but one paragraph)

He is a very opportunistic and dishonest character. His talk of church harvest and fund-raising only qualify him for another vice: hypocrisy! And there are a lot of that here: his attitude to Ewes, his pledges of objectivity, and any sense of decorum. He has the nerve to call Kwesi a hypocrite six good times in one article:

1. "You see how hypocritical Kwesi Pratt and his colleagues could be."

2. "But today, such hypocrites and unpatriotic elements in the country have got back their voices to speak as if they had just come down from outer space "

3. "Hypocritical Kwesi Pratt and his likes should tell Ghanaians whether President Mills has not breached the Constitution by appointing more people from one ethnic group "

4. "The hypocritical stand taken by Pratt and his panelist has exposed the chameleonic nature they are hiding beneath the mask of patriotism which they have used into deceiving or hoodwinking the vulnerable people of Ghana for long. "

5. "Let Kwesi Pratt and his group of hypocrites be sincere with the truth for once, because what goes up must surely come down."

6. "It surprises me that hypocritical Kwasi Pratt who has arrogated to himself the mandate to make disparaging remarks about those of different ideological persuasions and the so-called ‘enlightened” panelist who descended to the gutter and bashed me from all angles could not fathom the true identity of the author. "

Just as a mere repetition of the phrase, "Nana Akuffo Addo is a tall man!", one million times do not make the Akyem dwarf any taller, so in the same way, the accusations of hypocrisy against Kwesi here do not in any way affect this gentleman's integrity!

What has his failure to come out to distance himself from an article whose language even he himself considers to be offensive, got to do with this message to Kwesi that concludes the article?







Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.


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Sunday, November 8, 2009


For a Price

Former senator Fred Harris (D-New Mexico) reports on comments made by a colleague of his, Senator Russell Long, who once chaired the Senate Committee on Finance and now is a prominent lawyer/lobbyist in Washington:
The colorful Democratic senator from Louisiana, Russell Long, used to tell a humorous story on himself that contained more than a kernel of truth about the effect of money in Senate campaigns. He said that in one of his reelection races, a union group brought him a cash contribution of $5,000. “When he handed me the money,” Long related,” the leader of the group said, ‘All we want, Senator, is good government.’ And I told him, I said, ‘For a thousand dollars, you could have had good government; for five thousand dollars, you can have any kind of government you want!’”

Based on information from Fred R. Harris, Deadlock or Decision: The U.S. Senate and the Rise of National Politics (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), p. 80.

The principal issue that was facing the New Patriotic Party of Ghana was to overwhelm the country with bill boards, "empower" foot-soldiers, distribute party shirts, and a host of campaing activities that called for a lot of money.

The trip to the USA was criticised by party loyalists as uncalled-for as "the voters were here in Ghana" The only justification was the need to travel abroad to raise funds.

In a very detailed programme, it was announced that the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akuffo Addo was to tour Norht America. Other branches elsewhere were craving to see him.

“Seriously if money is an issue we are ready to support but even more than that we have been able to negotiate with some companies and institutions here who are ready to support the campaign financially which is why it is critical for Nana at least to pay us a visit.”

- Kobby Annan, Chairman of the Holland branch of the New Patriotic Party,

Conspiciously absent in the detailed schedules was a controversial luncheon held at the Hotel Hyatt & Resorts, located on 24 M Streets, Nw, Washington, DC 20037 on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. The meeting was not announced, and the press was not invited. It is the secrecy surrounding this meeting that arose the suspicions of the Enquirer newspaper that raised the first alarm.

"In downtown Washington DC, two luxurious black Cadillacs, belonging to the Ghana Embassy in Washington DC, pulled up in front of Hotel Hyatt & Resorts, located on 24 M Streets, Nw, Washington, DC 20037 on Wednesday, June 4, 2008. In the first car, three well-dressed men in suit, namely Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ghana’s Ambassador to the USA and Alan Kyeremanten, an ex-Ghana’s Ambassador to the USA, who was also an NPP Flagbearer-aspirant, popped out of the vehicles.
Moments later, another Embassy car pulled up in-front of Hotel Hyatt. This time NPP General Secretary, Nana Ohene Ntow, Ex-Finance Minister and later Education Youth and Sports Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, and Dr. Konadu Apraku arrived in tow.
The occasion was a fund-raising luncheon hosted by The Whitaker Group, a company owned by Rosa Whitaker, the new wife of Bishop Duncan Williams of Action Chapel International, who was recently introduced to church members in Accra. Rosa Whitaker, who served as a Deputy Trade Secretary for Africa under both President Bill Clinton and Bush administrations respectively is a registered lobbyist for the Ghana government.
When lady Rosa arrived at the occasion, she spotted a blue African dress and set the ball rolling with an introduction of Nana Addo, explaining to the gathering that the reason why they had been invited was to help elect Nana Addo by helping him with financial contributions."

- The Enquirer

Coming to think of it, it looks clear nothing was left on a hazard. The very selection of June 4, was significant since it is a very important day in the calender of the then major oppositin party, the National Democratic Congress, as the day on which the founder, former President Jerry John Rawlings, staged his first successful coup d'etat against the corrupt Supreme Military Council, and launched a house cleaning excercise which led to several executions and abuses of human rights by the miltary.

Recent pronouncements by the ex-president John Agyekum Kufour in a meeting with members of NPP-USA at the office of Mr. Kofi Boateng, the immediate past chairman of NPP-USA, in New York on September 22, 2009, also gives credence to the fact that there have been illegal fund-raisng activities in the past:

"He said hypocrisy has prevented Ghanaians from talking about politics as a business and that any need for fundraising has been deemed as corruption. He advised that we should come up with creative methods to raise funds that are legal." (Please see: Kufuor Meets NPP-USA in the stories below.)

The fact the the meeting was held in communicado between a money-hungry presidential candidate and what Dr. Arthur Kennedy describes as a "group .. made up of people with substantial investments in Ghana and also of others who have an interest in investing in Ghana", made it all the more suspicious.

It is obvious that, unlike the misguided chairman of the Holland branch of the NPP who made no bones to hide the contacts made with business community in a flagrant violation of the laws governing the funding of political parties in Ghana, the event in the USA was much more sophisticated and cleverer in hiding the illegal fund raising activity with a cover-up.

The dangers associated with big multinational corporations in the USA financing political parties in a poor third-world country like Ghana cannot be under-estimated. The selection of so-called "business-friendly" governments by these corporations to help them win power are translated often in lower labour standards, a blind eye on vital environmental protection measures, and generally sacrificing the common good for special interests.

We call on the independent media in the USA to follow up these leads and do their own independent investigations and give the appropriate coverage to this scandal.

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