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/ 12 / 2003
The article: "Rawlings
quizzed over murder allegations"
have questioned former president Jerry Rawlings over his recent
allegations that some ministers in Ghana's current government
were involved in the serial killing of women that gripped the
West African country between 1994 and 2001.
said last week he had information that 15 Ministers in President
John Kufuor's cabinet had a direct hand in the murders of 34 women
over a seven-year period.while he himself was head of state. Rawlings
made the allegations at a public forum to commemorate the 24th
anniversary of a coup that brought him to power for the first
time on June 4, 1979.
questioned Rawlings about his claims at his residence in Accra
on Wednesday, but the former head of state refused to give any
spokesman for Rawlings said afterwards: "Mr. Rawlings said
he will only reveal the names of those Ministers if the government
will invite an independent investigator to conduct a lie-detector
test on him and those implicated in order minimize the telling
of lies in the case. If these conditions are accepted, he is ready
to reveal the names today."
Inspector General of Police, Nana Owusu-Nsiah, said he was "profoundly
disappointed with the utterances and conduct of the former president."
said in a statement that police had conducted thorough investigations
over nine years, which eventually led to the arrest and capture
of a serial killer, who pleaded guilty to murdering eight of the
police chief accused Rawlings of being obsessed with "chemical
interrogations" and "lie-detector tests", which
had very little significance in "real, dogged, painstaking
Sources told IRIN that the Ghana Police Service does not have
a lie-detector. But they stressed that it was the civic duty of
the former president to boldly come up with the truth on the serial
killings if he had the interest of the country at heart.
made the allegations against leading members of Kufuor's ruling
New Patriotic Party at a time when he is widely expected to be
called to give evidence before Ghana's National Reconciliation
Commission about the alleged torture and murder of political activists
during his own period of nearly 20 years in power.
commission was set up by Kufuor's government last year to investigate
allegations of human rights abuse during the long periods of military
rule which Ghana has endured since independence from Britain in
ruled Ghana for several months after leading a coup in 1979. He
came to power again in a second coup in 1982 and was subsequently
elected president in 1992 and 1996. Rawlings chose not to contest
the presidential elections of 2000 which brought Kufuor to power.
/ 05 / 2003
The article: "Roundtable deliberations
start at Liberian talks"
Liberian government and one of two rebel movements fighting to
overthrow President Charles Taylor began talks on ending the country's
four-year-old civil war in the Ghanaian town of Akuse on Thursday.
main political parties and civic organisations meanwhile gathered
for parallel talks on ways of restoring democracy to the country
in the nearby town of Akosombo. Liberia has suffered from conflict
intermittently since 1989, when Taylor launched a guerrilla war
that eventually brought him to power. Rebel forces now control
more than half the country.
said at the opening ceremony of the peace talks in the Ghanaian
capital Accra on Wednesday that he would consider stepping down
as head of state as part of efforts to end the current conflict.
the negotiations began against a background of intensified fighting
on the ground and only one rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation
and Democracy (LURD), which controls much of northern Liberia,
has so far shown up.
informal ally, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL),
which has seized much of southeastern Liberia since it first appeared
in March, said it would not attend the talks because it was not
given enough time to prepare and send a delegation.
Ghana's Foreign Minister, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, said he
believed MODEL would eventually show up at Akuse, a small town
80km north of Accra. "Don't put too much to it if MODEL is
not here today. This is just the opening," he told IRIN.
"If they are not here today, I'm very confident that they
will surely make it later. We are working on that."
key players in the peace talks described MODEL's absence as a
Foreign Minister Monie Captan told IRIN: "Any intransigence
on the part of anyone to attend these talks should encourage the
international community to take a decisive action against that
leader of the opposition Liberian Unity Party, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,
described MODEL's absence as most disappointing. "The ceasefire
is the first on the agenda. We have to appeal to them to reconsider
their position and join us in Ghana," she told IRIN.
Victor Gbeho, former Ghanaian foreign minister who was actively
involved in brokering peace among the various warring Liberian
factions in 1997, expressed some optimism that MODEL would eventually
join the talks, which are expected to last about two weeks.
am sure President John Kufuor and his team are seriously working
to bring them in later. I will advise that they be brought into
the negotiations so that the end result of the peace talks will
have the support of every stakeholder," Gbeho told IRIN.
and relief workers say LURD is backed by Guinea, whereas MODEL
is strongly supported by Cote d'Ivoire.
The talks opened at a high profile ceremony in Accra attended
by several African presidents, including Olusegun Obasanjo of
Nigeria and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
went ahead despite an announcement by the UN-backed Special Court
in Sierra Leone, that it had indicted Taylor for war crimes because
of his support for rebels that devastated Sierra Leone in a 10-year
court said on Wednesday morning it had sent a warrant to the Ghanaian
authorities for Taylor's arrest. However, the Ghanaian authorities
said they had not seen the warrant and allowed the Liberian president
to fly home a few hours later.
a surprise move, Taylor said on Wednesday that he was prepared
to step down if necessary to secure peace. "I will remove
myself from whatever process that continues to perpetuate conflict
in Liberia. If it would bring peace, I will remove myself as President,"
he told the opening session of the peace talks."Let a process
be put in place that will ensure a smooth transition from war
to peace...The presidency is not important to me."
Spokesperson, Kabineh Ja'neh told IRIN his group would make a
formal statement later on Thursday at Akosombo. "I am happy
to be in Ghana," he said.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called a ceasefire to enable
the talks to proceed. His Special Representative to Liberia, Abou
Moussa, said: "As a first step forward, all parties need
to agree on a cease-fire and an end to violence. Liberian Leaders
must demonstrate a genuine and concrete readiness to restore peace
and stability to their country. The single most burning issue
is the need for a binding ceasefire to stop the bloodshed and
facilitate a peaceful resolution of the conflict."
Liberian government officials and rebel representatives discussed
a ceasefire and a political settlement in Akuse, the representatives
of Liberian political parties and civic organisations gathered
20 km away in Akosombo, to draw up an agenda for political reform.
Their discussions were expected to focus on presidential elections,
due on October 14.
Liberian women continued a series of demonstrations in Accra,
to draw attention to the plight of women and refugees affected
by the civil war. On Wednesday, representatives of the 50,000
Liberian refugees living in Ghana demonstrated in front of Taylor's
Gbowee, the Ghana country coordinator of the Liberia Chapter of
the Women's Peace Building Network, told IRIN: "The message
we are sending across is that we are tired of war, we are tired
of running, we are tired of hunger and we are tired of a few persons
who are determining the nature of our destiny."
said the absence of MODEL in Ghana should not obstruct the talks.
"All we can hope for is that the international community
will play a more forceful role in ensuring that lasting peace
comes back to Liberia, whether or not MODEL is here for the talks,"