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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Comment: "UGCC Wasn't A Political Party Until Nkrumah Arrived"

Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
2010-02-28 09:11:05
Comment to:
Ignorant & Miseducated Clown

What are you talking about? Was not your J. B. Danquah's highest political ambition from 1928 right up to 1946 the post of a humble servant of Her Majesty's Government as a Colonial Secretary?

Why did they send for Nkrumah in the first place? These busy-body elites realised the agitations that were building up in the country especially from the ex-servicemen, and moved quick to re-organise themselves to strategically position themselves to hijack the struggle for their own selfish and property -owning ends! Because God loves Ghana, they reaslised they could not do the job themselves and opted the easy option of paying a "boy" to do the organisational work for them. The rich men always think they can pay for everything, even including political struggle. That is why they sent for Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah!

As Kwesi rightly points out, the UGCC was not a political party until Nkrumah arrived on the scene. When it was formed at Saltpond on the 4th of August 1947, there were only forty elites of the Gold Coast present, made of of merchants, lawyers, chiefs and the local professionals. They were afraid to involve the ordinary man in the street in the struggle because they feared to lose control of the movement.

Now, so much for your "the fight for independence was in high gear befcre the members of the United Gold Coast Convention sent Francis Kofi Nwia Ngoloma his "lorry fare" to enable him finally come home and to contribute to the struggle"!

Now read this and heal and free your mind, my grandson!

"UGCC Wasn't A Political Party Until Nkrumah Arrived"—Kwesi Pratt

A leading member of the Convention Peoples Party and a member of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Centenary Planning Committee, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has argued that until Osagyefo Nkrumah’s return to the then Gold Coast (Ghana) in 1949, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) was not a political party.

Mr. Pratt minced no words when he declared that the UGCC was only a movement that was later significantly transformed into a political party under the able leadership and political ideology of Dr. Nkrumah.

“The UGCC had only six (6) branches when Nkrumah came to Ghana, but he managed to increase it to six hundred (600) branches within a space of three months, transforming the UGCC from a movement to a political party, which he later abandoned to form his own party, the Convention Peoples Party (CPP),” he said.

Contributing in a panel discussion on PEACEFM’s “Kokrokoo”, Mr. Pratt said the call for a Founders’ Day instead of a Founder’s Day, is “a false argument as they (Big Six) have been given proper recognition by the naming of some roundabouts after them and also having their portraits printed on the currency (cedi).”

He strongly asserted that it is an anti- Nkrumaist propaganda calculated to undermine the visionary leader’s prominence, and warned that any attempt to vilify Dr. Nkrumah will result in dire consequences.

“The discussion now is a deliberate, very well calculated and orchestrated one, it’s the same anti-Nkrumaist propaganda…You want to re-write history, but it will never happen in this country, never happen in this country…One of the ways of undermining Nkrumah is this Founder’s Day argument. It has no merit…With the greatness of Nkrumah; you don’t have to be an Nkrumaist to accept his greatness. You don’t even have to be a Ghanaian to accept his greatness. It’s a fact of history. And in fact, kicking against Nkrumah is like using your bare foot to kick against a rock. You can only hurt yourself,” he said.


The CPP is going to take over from the NPP as the largest opposition in parliament in the 2012 elections!

Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!


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