Addo-Kufuor Writes Memoir

Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor
Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor former MP for the Manhyia constituency and Defence Minister has written a memoir about his various assignments in public life, a must read, reviewers have concluded.

The memoir-Gold Coast Boy-a 245 pager is set to answer probing questions about what informed the taking of certain decisions by government when he held the portfolio of Defence and Interior Ministry.

His wealth of experience as a physician, lecturer, politician, is a source of rare knowledge for scholars of government and national security not forgetting medical students.

As an arts student eventually venturing into medicine and excelling during his days at Cambridge University where he trained and at home upon his return to practice makes interesting reading.

Mindful about the responsibilities reposed on him as someone whose functions bordered on national security, his handling of the subject in the publication stands him apart from others who would have done otherwise.

‘But the most remarkable achievement for me was thawing the cold relations between the military and civilians, following the long years of military rule. The military at this time was on the whole viewed with suspicion and resentment by the civilian population.’

This excerpt from the book tells it all about one of the achievements of the physician/politician at the helm of the Defence Ministry.

Gold Coast Boy would be launched at the British Council Hall at 4.30pm on October 7, 2015; a public function which would attract a large turnout of personalities from a broad spectrum of the Ghanaian society and beyond.

The publication is a story about the Gold Coast of the 1940s with Kumasi, Achimota School and Accra featuring splendidly and contemporary Ghana whose shaping he played a prominent part.

A must read for those seeking a memoir by a man who has seen it all about the closing chapters of the Gold Coast, the challenges of the newly independent Ghana and an eventual formation of a government of which he played a critical role in the defence ministry.

A portion of a citation authored by Lt. Gen. JB Danquah, Chief of the Defence Staff at the time reads ‘You were appointed Minister of Defence for the Republic of Ghana on 7 January 2001. For the past seven years you have served your country and the Ghana Armed Forces with distinction and excellence.

‘Posterity shall always remember the new Burma Hall Complex, a legacy of an ICT Centre of Excellence, the refurbished 37 Military Hospital that has now assumed the status of a Teaching Hospital, the Chinese Flats that have offered so much solace to the average soldier, very ambitious programmes for barracks accommodation with an improved office environment for all Garrisons, sound financial policies for the training and upkeep of personnel and a cherished legacy for tolerance, respect and support for Ghana’s young democracy……’

By A.R. Gomda

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