THE INSIGHT WEDNESDAY 23RD –THURSDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER ,2009, PAGE 3
If you believe wonder, this surely must be a wonder. If you believe in the cosmic theory of predestination, this would be it. Or if you believe in the communist philosophy of historical inevitability, you probably are starring into one.
That after years of calculated, orchestrated sophisticates stratagem by a consortium of local and foreign detectors to exterminate the man and sink his memory, the name kwame Nkrumah still bounces back at every turn with energised momentum.
That far from remaining crucified, incinerated and consigned into the darkest bowl of history, kwame Nkrumah continues to blaze out with a brilliance that has dazed and discomfited those who swore to destroy him and bury his name and his monument achievements.
Probably that was what divine providence destined it. Because every-thing about the sustained resurgence of kwame Nkrumah defies feeble human logic. Indeed, when the british broadcasting corporation (BBC) revealed kwame Nkrumah, the founder of the state of Ghana, as the millennium, leader, the political slogan, Nkrumah never dies, that infuriated sensitive, conservative, religious reactionaries, assumed a more vibrant meaning.
It was mystifying that those of god appreciated Nkrumah never dies in a mundane physical sense. They were horribly wrong. What was at stake was not the physical human body of Kwame Nkrumah. No, it was the ideas, ideals and principles that the body of kwame Nkrumah house. Productive ideas never die.
Evidently, the moment Nkrumah broke away from the elite leadership of the united god coast convention, to form his convention peoples party the battle lines were drawn between the progressive forces and the reactionary elements in the gold coast, aided by their foreign manipulators and local stooges.
In his letter of resignation from the ugcc, kwame Nkrumah minced no words. He stated, i am fully aware of the dangers to which i am thus exposed, but firm in the conviction that my country’s cause comes first . i take the step and chance the consequences. I am prepared if need be to shed my blood and die if need be, that Ghana might have self-government now.
Those were the words of a committed patriotic nationalist.
Very clear. The battle towards independence between kwame Nkrumah’s cpp and the opposition parties was fierce, even brutal. Aside the legal and constitutional obstacles that Kwame Nkrumah had to surmount, he was also confronted with the senseless acts of violent subversive political vandalism that rocked the nation, and which nearly derailed the independence process.
Nkrumah became a marked physical target for elimination. Death stalked him. The first attempt to blow lip kwame Nkrumah at this Accra Newtown residence was incredible. That was in 1955. The nation was not even independent. It was a dastardly act that triggered off the chain of politically related violence that necessitated the enacted of the in famous preventive detention act which over the years, has been rather selected and subsequently used to condemn kwame Nkrumah.
Excerpts of that very first attempt to exterminate kwame Nkrumah captured in his autobiography arouse a deep feeling of revulsion against that senseless inhuman brutality.
During this month, violence took a personal turn. On 10th may I had an exceptionally heavy cold. As there was a lot of work, I arranged for my secretary, my personal accountant and several other people to my house in the evening ... we were still sitting on our chairs when a bright orange glow suddenly lit up the whole of the back of the house, and there was a violent explosion, followed within seconds by another.
The house trembled, windows were blown in and we could hear the screams of women and children. I went downstairs to find my mother whose room was near the explosion. The poor woman was speechless and there were tears in her eyes as she clutched my arm.
Oh you are safe she said with relief. I went into her room there were no windows anymore and the shattered glass was all over the place, even in her bed.
Who at that time wanted to kill kwame Nkrumah? And why? And they nearly blew lips his poor mother too! Recall how 1966 after the overthrew of kwame Nkrumah, agents of the ruling national liberation council vainly persuaded, coaxed bribed, coerced and cajoled madam Nyaniba to declare that Nkrumah was not her son! Totally incredible but absolutely true. it was a crazy piece of heartlessness, motivated by mindless political hatred.
I recall also that in 1958, barely a year into independence there was exposed conspiracy to stage a coup to topple in the cpp government and assassinate Kwame Nkrumah. Two leading members of the opposition party, R.R. Amponsah and m. K. Apaloo, were named by a commission of enquiry chaired by Nana Sir Tsibu Darku (OBE), who had once served on the executive council of the colonial government.
That was the ugly genesis of coups in this country 1938. The question that keeps repeating itself is for that keeps repeating itself for what purpose was that coup? Was it in the national interest? Or in the interest of disappointed and disgruntled politicians and their foreign manipulations who regarded Kwame Nkrumah as a mortal threat to their economic interest not only in Ghana but also throughout Africa? At the time what had Nkrumah done wrong to warrant that conspiracy to stage a coup against assassinate him?
He had seized the political initiative to achieve independence. That was his sm.
Then not this. In august 1962, another attempt was made to blow up kwame Nkrumah at kulungugu on his return from Tenkudugu after a meeting with the President Yameogo of upper Volta, now Burkina Faso. Again in September 1962 a grenade exploded near the grounds of flagstaff house, the office and residence of president kwame Nkrumah. That was fascist terrorism because Nkrumah was nowhere near.
Elsewhere in the country, where exploding. In particular in January 1964, a police constable on guard , Salifu Dagari was murdered. It is my firm professional judgement that considering the perfidious role the police played in the coup of 1966, that assassination attempts could have been organise by the police.
Indeed in 1966, one of the top police commissioners on the ruling national liberation council, publicly claimed that he planned the intelligence aspects of the coup. Coup plotting police?
These events should have educated Nkrumah’s blinkered detectors who almost exclusively and mischievously judge his performance by the PDA, considered by objectives security expects as the unfortunate, but inevitable reaction to the diabolically engineered security situation to make the country ungovernable, and maybe, invite the colonial masters to stay put.
Actually it will be an eye opening exercise to align the PDA of the cpp government and the protective custody decree of the ruling NLC. The results should be enlightening. In my professional experience, the brutal vengeful application of the N.I.C’s protective custody degree, was everything to be ashamed of .
I can declare that the he’s human rights record was totally abysmal. Fortunately for the NLC, because of the extremely orchestrated hostile anti-Nkrumah propaganda masterminded by foreign experts, there was a clearly manipulated total silence over the brutal way the degree was applied. True historians ought to set the records straight
We not Boye Moses, one of Nkrumah’s security men, chained in an iron cage built at the police workshop, and paraded through the capital liked a zoo animal? There was even a senior police officer guarding in the cage that was outrageous.
Kwame Nkrumah suffered a lot. He survived a lot too, physically, psychologically and spiritually. But in 1966 the consortium of foreign political and economic interests, through their intelligence operatives local political stooges, exploited local political problems they had fuelled to boot out kwame Nkrumah.
And then began that strategized vicious campaign of Anti-Nkrumah, Anti-Cpp and Anti-Socialism and anti-non-aligned. Nkrumah’s proclamation that the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up ‘with the total liberation of African continent, was considered dangerous threat to those imperial powers and their allies who callously carved up the American continent for their political spheres of influence. Kwame Nkrumah became a strategic danger.
So the vicious campaign to sink Nkrumah and erase his name from history flew higher and higher. His cpp was banned and members disenfranchised, locked up, chased out and comprehensively persecuted.