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Whether it is true that Larry Attafuah, the
ex-Special Assistant of Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu who threatened before the Public
Accounts Committee to sue the Ministry of Local Government for ¢50 billion, is
the same Larry Attafuah who was given a US$600,000 Japanese Grant which he,
together with his silent partner the NPP Presidential candidate aspirant, used
to put up the Ages-Abba Hostel behind the Trinity College, Legon, which they are
hiring out at exorbitant rentals to poor students of the University of Ghana and
Institute of Professional Studies?
QUOTABLE QUOTES IN QUOTES
“You must not allow yourselves
to be influenced financially and materially but you must support those who are
competent, dedicated and loyal to our great party”.
(Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, NPP Presidential
candidate aspirant, Daily Graphic, Thursday, October 25, 2007, page 13).
NPP Presidential Aspirant In Forgery Scandal
Your authoritative “The Ghana
Palaver” is in possession of documentation that proves unequivocally that one
of the leading Presidential aspirants for the NPP’s December 22 National
Delegates Congress has had his party papers forged for him.
The Presidential aspirant, who
apparently is not a registered, card-bearing member of the NPP, has contrived to
have the registration documents of one of the constituencies in the Greater
Accra Region doctored in order to have his name inserted in the list as having
been registered on 22nd April 2007. He has also been issued with an unsigned and
undated Party registration card which also does not have the identity of his
Polling Station lingerie.
“The Ghana Palaver” is for
now withholding the name of the aspirant as well as his Party registration
number, hoping that the aspirant will not be presenting those forged
registration particulars with his completed registration form.
“The Ghana Palaver” has shown
the documentation in its possession to some executive members of the NPP. Their
reactions have all been the same. The documents are a forgery, and crude
forgeries at that. But even in their forged form, the documents still will not
qualify the aspirant to contest because the NPP Constitution requires all
aspirants to be card-bearing members of the party and to have been Party members
in good standing for at least five (5) years.
Said a top aide of one of the
rival Presidential candidate aspirants to whom “The Ghana Palaver” also
showed the documentation: “If he (the aspirant) makes the mistake of
submitting his forms along with those forged documents, that will be his end in
Ghanaian politics and we strongly advice him not to dream of submitting the
forms he has picked up since we are aware that he has no other documentation
apart from the forged ones”.
KUFUOR FAMILY...To Lose Billions Of Cedis
Following the death of Nana Boateng their
beloved front man
Nana Boateng, the beloved front
man of the Kufuor family, is dead. He fell ill about six weeks ago and went into
a coma for about a week from which he never recovered.
Nana Boateng died on Thursday
18th October 2007 at the youthful age of 54 years. It had been decided that he
should be flown abroad for treatment, to be accompanied by Felicia Kufuor,
President Kufuor’s niece, but this arrangement fell through when he fell into
The following story about the
life and death of Nana Boateng, the beloved front man of the Kufuor family, has
been given exclusively to "The Ghana Palaver" by a Kufuor household
insider. We do not vouch for the accuracy of the information.
Nana Boateng has an Ashanti
father and a Fante mother who hails from Apam. He attended Apam Secondary School
where he earned the nickname “Baby Face”. He is a half-brother (same father)
of Kwame Boateng (Wofa), the “Chief of Staff” in President Kufuor’s
During the 2004 elections, Nana
Boateng’s assignment was to induce the chiefs and opinion leaders in the
Central Region, using all the familiar NPP tactics of “monetisation” and “treating”,
to vote for the NPP and President Kufuor, an assignment he performed to
Three months after the elections,
Nana Boateng was given about 45 outboard motors and over ¢3 billion by a top
NPP official of the Agricultural Development Bank to take to some of the more
prominent chiefs in the Central Region as “thank you” for a job well done.
In real life, Nana Boateng had a
Company called “Pro-Vision” about which "The Ghana Palaver" has
written previously. Pro-Vision deals in laminated paper, election ballot paper,
and other materials used by the Electoral Commission for elections.
Nana Boateng also owned “Bowohomoden
Company Limited”, a Licensed Cocoa Buying Company, and a GOIL Filling Station
at Nsawam as well as several other business interests.
Nana Boateng was a “companion”
and partner of Nana Ama Kufuor, daughter of President J. A. Kufuor and sister of
the “41 year old accountant” owner of Hotel Kufuor, “Chief” John Addo
Nana Boateng and Nana Ama Kufuor
began engaging in a lot of business deals once daddy John Agyekum Kufuor became
President and the two became fabulously rich. Indeed so rich did Nana Boateng
become that it is alleged he was one of the ten richest people in Ghana with
millions of United States dollars in his bank accounts overseas.
But everybody in the Kufuor
family knows that the monies in those overseas bank accounts do not belong to
Nana Boateng. For this reason, there was fear and consternation in the Kufuor
household when Nana Boateng fell sick. The consternation reached dizzying
heights when he fell into a coma and could therefore not sign any documents
transferring his enormous wealth to the real owners of the monies.
Our insider source has asked us
to raise the following pertinent questions:
· Is it true that by Nana
Boateng’s death, some foreign Banks have been made richer since his millions
of dollars in those banks cannot be accessed?
· Is it true that some persons
in Ghana would lose those millions of dollars if Nana Boateng was not able to
divulge his bank account numbers to them before he fell into a coma and died?
Nana Boateng’s is a classic
case of from rags to extreme riches. In the 1990s, even though Nana Boateng set
up a company and acquired a licence to operate as a Licensed Cocoa Buying
Company, he could not raise enough collateral and neither was he deemed to be
that credit worthy. For those reasons, his bankers refused to guarantee his
applications for loans from Ghana Cocoa Board. Indeed Nana Boateng’s Company,
Bowohomoden Co. Ltd. never purchased more than 2,500 tonnes cocoa in any year in
However, when his half brother
became head of President Kufuor’s household and when he became a “companion”
and partner of President Kufuor’s daughter, his circumstances changed
dramatically and by the time he died he was exceedingly rich.
Nana Boateng’s story confirms
the belief by many that in Ghana, the shortest route to riches and wealth is by
acquiring political power.
Nana Boateng is one of the
businessmen politicians who before they joined President Kufuor’s NPP
Government in 2001 were virtual paupers but after only six and half years of NPP
in power have become fabulously rich.
Some other Kufuor acolytes have made such rich
friends that they can raise billions of cedis at one fund raising dinner and can
also import ready for distribution to all 230 constituency Chairmen of the NPP
brand new vehicles for their flagbearership campaigns.
...NDC calls for forensic audit of
Mr. Haruna Iddrisu Member of
Parliament for Tamale South has called on President John Agyekum Kufuor to
launch a forensic audit on the disbursement of the HIPC Funds, Common Fund and
that of National Health Insurance Scheme from 2005 to 2007.
He pointed out that if an
independent audit is conducted on the said funds the findings would be worse
than what is being revealed from the on-going Public Accounts Committee of
Parliament, adding that some people were given loans under the HPIC fund and
have since not repaid.
Mr. Iddrisu made the call at a
forum organized by the Tertiary Education Institutions Network of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC) (TEIN) University of Cape Coast (UCC) branch at Cape
Coast under the theme: “NDC laying a solid foundation for national development
The forum was geared towards
marketing the party’s strategies for national development towards next year’s
He said in view of this, the
minority would be tough in approving this years national budget, especially in
the allocation of funds to the District Assembly Common Fund and the National
Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to avoid the misappropriation of public funds.
Mr Iddrisu said the NDC was not
against the government’s plans for massive capital investment in the country
but that loans sourced should be properly done through parliament to avoid any
ambiguities and questioning.
He asked the government to ensure
that Ministers of State who are found wanting in the revelation of the Public
Accounts Committee should take responsibility for the revelations and take
charge of whatever happens.
Touching on the 2008 election, he
expressed confidence the NDC would win 2008 and that everything would be done to
achieve this goal, stressing that the NDC would demand a massive electoral
reforms from the district to the national level.
He said NDC would remain
committed to the stability, peace and tranquility prevailing in the country and
asked that the Electoral Commission should be allowed to exercise its
constitutional mandate to ensure free and fair credible elections in 2008.
He said the NDC would not have an
excuse to cry foul in the 2008 election and that the members should play their
roles effectively to be vigilant during the voting and that they should campaign
on policies and programmes that would help the party to win.
Mr Haruna said Professor
John Atta Mills was the right candidate for the party and they should market him
as a person with accomplishment, character, justice and compassion.
According to him, Prof Mills has
distinguished himself as a man of integrity and that there had not been any
instance his administration that anyone had had the course to question his
integrity, adding that he would implement policies that are human centred.
He said under Prof. Mill’s
administration, the NHIS Law would be reviewed and that the age limit for the
aged would be reduced to 60 years to be commensurate with the retirement age of
workers instead of the current 70, stressing the life expectancy of an average
Ghanaian was 54 years.
He said children of 18 year would
be made to benefit from the scheme whether their parents registered or not so as
to ensure health care for all and not a selected few.
Mr Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka MP
for Asawase also expressed concern about the implementation of the NHIS,
stressing that there were some lapses and that with the current situation where
every district has its own identity card was creating problems for the public,
since people cannot asses health care when they are away from the districts in
which they registered.
He said the destiny of NDC
winning the 2008 election was in the hands of the youth and asked them to fight
for what is for them and urged the members of TEIN to act as polling agents,
stressing that the party lost the 2004 elections because it did not have
qualified polling agents.
Mr Muntaka also urged party
members to stop backbiting and shifting blames and demanding monies form from
executives but should contribute their quota to enable the party to win the 2008
Mr Barton Oduro the Cape Coast
Constituency Parliamentary candidate said people describe the UCC as the
waterloo of the NDC and that they should disabuse their minds by voting for him
He said there were some “safe
constituencies” for the party and asked that TEIN members who were from such
constituencies should consider transferring their vote to Cape Coast and
commended the TEIN members for also embarking on door to door campaign on
Mr. Michael Adonbire Asabire,
President of TEIN, said the members would continue to defend the cause of
the party and that there was goodwill for the party on campus adding that, most
people were fed up with the NPP administration and are yearning for a real
positive change to embrace the NDC.
“Even though the NDC has a brighter chance of
recapturing power in 2008, we have to do away with complacency and mediocrity
and work extra hard till the battle is finally won in the 2008 general election,”