Justice Kofi Henku

By
Ekow Mensah

The
Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG) has called for the formation of a coalition for
change “to generate a progressive counter culture of solidarity to combat
neo-liberalism and crony capitalism”.

In
a statement to mark the 57th anniversary of the achievement of a Republican
status, the SFG said “this counter culture mass movement should aim at
expressing the kind of exploitative system we are labouring under”.

The
statement signed by Comrade Justice Heneku, the Secretary of the Forum
described 1960 as a ground breaking year for Africa in which Ghana attained
Republican status and 17 African countries gained independence.

The
full text of the statement is published below;

STATEMENT
ON THE 57TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA

The
Socialist Forum of Ghana salutes all comrades and citizens of Ghana who are
celebrating the 57th anniversary of the achievement of the status of a
Republic. This was a milestone in the just struggle of the people of this
country against colonialism and for the building of a proud independent and
sovereign state.

1960
was a ground breaking year for Africa when 3 years after the liberation of
Ghana from the yoke of colonialism, 17 African countries gained independence
and Ghana went to the polls to declare itself a fully-fledged sovereign
Republic.

Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah

57
years after this declaration, there has been a lot of backsliding with a state
of lawlessness, a resurgence of the feudal chieftaincy class, economic
neo-liberalism and economic dislocation stalking the land. Corruption has
increasingly become acceptable and we are now comfortable with the poverty,
inequality and insanitary conditions which our Republic is now mired in.

The
elite represented by the duopoly of the 2 main parties which alternate in
power, have created a status quo characterized by exploitation and chaos so
they just keep playing political football and distracting the attention of the
people from the thievery, corruption, looting, destruction of the ecosystem,
sale of state assets, handing over control and ownership of natural resources
to predator companies and unbridled borrowing.

The
SFG is very much concerned about the ongoing attempt to entrench the
neo-colonial, neo-liberal exploitative system in Ghana and demands a “hands
off” policy from our natural resources. We call on all progressive and
democratic forces to form a coalition for change to generate a progressive
counter culture of solidarity to combat neo-liberalism and crony capitalism.
This counter culture mass movement should be aimed at exposing the kind of
exploitative system we are labouring under amongst the Youth, women, farmers,
workers, the unemployed, the small business entrepreneurs, students and the
mass of ordinary citizens.

We
call on all citizens and progressives on the 57th anniversary of the Republic
to rise up, organize and takeback our country for our people. 

                                                                                                         
     

Justice
Heneku

For
Convener  

EDITORIAL

THE
NEW MOVEMENT

We
fully agreed with the Socialist Forum of Ghana (SFG) that there is the need for
a new movement which will focus attention on the fight against neo-liberalism
and what it calls crony capitalism.

This
is because since 1992, national policy has not changed in any significant way
in spite of the fact that power has alternated between the New Patriotic Party
(NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Indeed,
both parties have always rushed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and
the World Bank (WB) on their election for dictation on how to run the Ghanaian
economy.

All
of them have continued on the path of unbridled privatisation of state
enterprises and the people’s access to social services remain limited.

We
think that it is time to change this paradigm and only a new progressive
movement can do this.

The
progressive forces have serious work to do and it must be done now!



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