The fight on two fronts on assumption of office as general secretary and chairman of CPP
May 1, 1961
COMRADES AND FRIENDS,
This morning, I assumed duty as General Secretary of the party and chairman of the central committee. I have done so at the request of the Central Committee because, we have entered a new phase. Firstly, even though our political revolution is over, we are entering into a new political revolution with regard to the struggle for the total liberation and unity of Africa. And, secondly, at home, we have entered a new phase of industrial and technological revolution, and the whole country must be mobilized for the realization of these two objectives. As general secretary, it is my responsibility to give personal and p executive direction to the party and to the government and to make sure that our forces are properly developed to give victory in this most important exercise. Incidentally, this day is also May Day —the international workers day, and I take this opportunity to send greetings to workers throughout the world, and particularly to the workers of Ghana and of Africa.
1) To protect the solidarity and unity of the party at all times.
2) To pay dues regularly.
3) To protect the good name of the party under all circumstances and to correct wrong views held against the party.
4) To carry out party decisions and directives to the best of his ability and to ensure that any disregard of such decisions or directives is promptly reported to the appropriate party authority.
5) To be the first to obey the laws of the country, passed by the government.
6) To defend any action of the party or the government.
7) To try to understand all party government matters and to explain the same to the people.
8) To set an example by working hard, efficiently and honestly and by showing a keen sense of responsibility and duty.
9) To pursue a study of the principles of African socialism and to endeavour to be guided in action by these principles.
10) To guard jealously any secrets of the party and to maintain constant vigilance in this respect.
11) To criticize and accept criticism in good faith and spirit and to make frequent self-examination for correction, remembering that all criticism and correction should be made not to destroy but to build.
12) To be faithful and loyal to the party always and to eschew all qualities of opportunism, nepotism, ostentation, vanity and self-seeking.
13) To remember that the party is supreme and to do everything within his power to uphold this supremacy.
The rights of members are as follows:
1) To take part in all party activities.
2) To attend meetings and freely express views on all matters in discussion, and to vote according to conviction.
3) To elect and be elected to party bodies.
4) To be present in person whenever decisions are taken regarding his activities or conduct.
5) To address any question or statement to any party body including the national executive and the central committee.
6) To appeal against any adverse decision against him from his branch party upwards to the central committee, and to the leader of the party in person.
7) To appeal as a last resort to the national delegates’ conference.
It is for us ourselves to recognize this situation and to fight vigorously against the machinations of these exploiters and to prevent them from teleguiding us and pulling us around on strings like marionettes.