Below we publish an interview with Yabaaba Mohammed Dawud, the Director for Communication of the Convention People's Party in Ghana. Their website is http://conventionpeoplesparty.org/.
Question: How do you view the present political situation in Ghana under President Nana Akufo-Addo?
Answer: The Nana Akufu-Addo Government is trying to change the history of Ghana by associating some of his family members who are part of the big 6 to the foundership of Ghana. Ghana was founder by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the Leader of the CPP and the First and Founding President of Ghana. Nana Akufo-Addo like the former NDC leader are all puppets of the IMF, World Bank and other imperialist organisation.
Question: What is your opinion on the role of National Democratic Congress, the main opposition party?
Answer: The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is just like the ruling NPP. They are all anti-socialism in practice, anti communism and anti-Marxism. They only preach Social Democracy just to help them to collapse the CPP that is the true mass and revolutionary party in Ghana. They helped the NPP to suppress the CPP. They sold all the State Own Enterprises (SOE) when they adopted the IMF Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) in 1989-1996.
Question: How do you view the state of the trade union movement?
Answer: The Trade Union is the natural ally of the CPP in Ghana. It was formed at the time that the CPP Government was in power. They are a vibrant group that help to keep the government on it toes.
Question: How do you assess the class character of Ghana's capitalism? Do you see it as a semi-colonial country dependent on imperialism?
Answer: The struggle is a huge. It’s about control of resources and control of the masses.
Question: Which Great Powers exert substantial influence in Ghana?
Answer: The IMF, World Bank and the UN.
Question: What you believe will be the main issues in the political developments in Ghana in the near future?
Answer: The issue of nationalisation of our resources.
Question: What are the main demands of your party in the current situation?
Answer: We demand for the nationalisation of our natural resources, we demand for the scarp of neoliberal and neocolonial policies in Ghana. We demand for the full implemention of Nkrumahist ideas, Socialist Ideas and communist ideals.
Question: Which kind of political and economic system is the CPP fighting for?
Answer: We are fighting for the establishment of socialist state
Question: Can you say a few words about the history of your organization?
Answer: The United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) had been formed in 1947 with the goal of bringing about independence for Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah thought the UGCC's opposition to the colonial rulers lacked the necessary vehemence and urgency; he wanted immediate independence. Breaking from the UGCC on these grounds, he founded the Convention People's Party (CPP) with the motto "self-government now".
On 9 January 1950 the CPP called for countrywide boycotts and strikes. In the course of these, two policemen were shot dead, and the CPP leadership was arrested and imprisoned. This only increased Nkrumah's popularity. When general elections were held in 1951, the CPP won decisively despite the imprisonment of Dr. Nkrumah and other party leaders. Nkrumah was subsequently released to form the colony's first African government.
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah broke away from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) to form his Convention People's Party (CPP) in 1949. Nkrumah guided by his Pan-Africanist ideology felt he could not do business with the UGCC because of their measured, gradual, and somewhat tardy, approach to self-rule. The Convention Peoples' Party (CPP) was therefore formed in 1949 during the struggle for independence and it was the first party to rule Ghana after independence.
The CPP started as a vehicle of emancipation of the nation and the whole of Africa. It sees itself as a mass party that embraces farmers, fishermen, the rural folks, the rich and the poor alike. The CPP led by its illustrious leader, great Pan-Africanist and visionary Nkrumah turned to the masses that are the up and coming young men/women in the cities, but mainly marginalized by the attitude,
Our Ideaology - Nkrumaism
The Nkrumaism is the ideological principle underpinning Nkrumaist political parties, namely CPP, PNC etc. There are three main principles guiding Nkrumaism:
Self-determination: We must abandon our colonial mentality and inferiority complex and re-assert control over our natural resources and national interests for the sustainable and equitable development of our country.
Social Justice: The State has a moral and constitutional duty to promote equal opportunity and equitable rewards for all Ghanaians, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic, religious, political or other backgrounds, and
Pan-Africanism: We must work with Africans at home and abroad to find common solutions to our common problems of racism, poverty, exploitation and under-development.
For more information please visit: Centre for policy studies on Nkrumaism.
Thank you for the interview!