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3. November 2008

Drug Money: I am talking of politicians who wanted to become President of Ghana

Nicht vergessen: Die Nachfrage bestimmt das Angebot! N'est-ce pas?!

Ghana: Drug Money 'Tainting Ghana Poll'

Public Agenda (Accra)
31 October 2008
Posted to the web 31 October 2008


"Kwesi Aning, head of research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, said the 'very fabric' of Ghanaian society was under threat. His comments came as the UN warned in a report that West Africa risks becoming an epicentre for drug trafficking from South America to Europe. Officials from West Africa are meeting in Cape Verde to discuss the problem.

Every year, at least 50 tonnes of cocaine from Andean countries are transported through West Africa towards Europe, where they are worth $2bn (£1.3bn), according to the UN. The problem is getting worse, the UN says, with seizures of drugs representing the 'tip of the iceberg'.

The UN says that along with Guinea-Bissau, Ghana is a major hub through which cocaine enters the region. Mr Aning said he was alarmed at the amount of money being splashed around in Ghana ahead of presidential elections on 7 December. 'Some of these guys were my mates in school and they were not too successful, and they've been in politics for less than 10 years,' he told the BBC. 'You don't make that kind of money in 10 years.'

He said he was talking about people 'running for parliament, who are ministers, wanting to run for president'. 'It's not only about politics or politicians, it's about the police service, it's about customs, it's about immigration, it's about the judiciary, it's about our traditional institutions,' he said. 'What I'm saying is that the very fabric of Ghanaian society is under threat.'

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