The aL-hAJJ’s investigations have uncovered two of the four Serbian trainers contracted in 2014 by Nana Akufo-Addo and his “inner cabinet” to provide “militancy training” to activists of the New Patriotic Party ahead of this year’s polls were actively involved in the bloody Ukraine uprising.
Diplomatic sources and NPP insiders confirmed to this paper that the two former Ukraine “fighters” were invited into the country to train a “special wing” of the biggest opposition party on how to “recruit and mobilize” people to stage a Ukrainian-like uprising in Ghana should Nana Akufo-Addo fail to win the presidential election for the third consecutive time.
“What I know is that two of the four Serbians (the older ones) the NPP invited into the country in July 2014 to give special training to some of its members played active role in the deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and the police in Ukraine which culminated in the country’s parliament voting to oust President Viktor Yanukovych in early 2014,” a diplomatic source revealed.
Confirming the identity of the two Serbians, a senior member of the NPP with knowledge of the coming of the Serbian trainers into the country told The aL-hAJJ on condition of anonymity that “yes, two of the Serbians brought down to train some selected supporters across the country in the art of civil insurrection, christened “Assaulting the pillars of power” were indeed, involved Ukraine uprising.”
Short of giving further details on why the NPP 2016 flag bearer’s cousin, Ken Ofori Atta facilitated the coming of the Serbians into the country, the source said “all I know is that they were here for a strategic workshop.”
Almost two years after the NPP denied it invited Serbian mercenaries into the country to give special training to some party members, suspended National Chairman of the party, Paul Afoko revealed in an interview with Africa Watch magazine that four Serbians were indeed, brought into the country by Ken Ofori Atta, cousin of Akufo-Addo, without his knowledge to give special training to members of the party.
The suspended chairman stated that he was only informed of the training by the National Women’s Organizer, Otiko Djaba, at the funeral of Gladys Asmah of blessed memory.
According to Afoko, the Serbians were paid by Mr. Ken Ofori Atta and camped in a Hotel at Mile 7, Achimota in Accra.
Without disclosing the kind of training the Serbian “trainers” gave the NPP activists, Paul Afoko noted that the training program shocked him to the bones when he became aware of it.
“…immediately after the church service, I asked Djaba to take me to the hotel where they were camped and I asked General Secretary Kwabena Agyepong to join us. When we got to the hotel, I saw our people all over the place with two Serbians, a man and a woman, but I was told the Serbians were four and that two had left. I walked in and saw the national organizer, John Boadu, and I asked him what was going on. He was holding a piece of paper, and I snatched the paper out of his hands. It was the training contents and I was shocked to my bones at what I was reading.
“These people [NPP] were out of their minds. They wanted to win the elections on the streets of Ghana and not at the ballot box…that is the militancy I am talking about. I told them that I, Paul Afoko, as chairman of the NPP, would never allow them to take the party on that crazy route,” the business magnate stated.
Even though persons Afoko mentioned in the interview and are said to have in-depth knowledge and indeed benefited from the training have so far maintained a deafening silence; Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Mr. Kweku Baako Jnr, has rubbished the suspended chairman’s narration.
After promising to provide video and audio evidence to discount Afoko’s allegation, the veteran journalist last week published in his newspaper pictures culled from the supposed video showing Afoko, Kwabena Agyepong and John Boadu together with two of the Serbian trainers at the program.
A copy of the program lined-up for the “strategic workshop” published by Kweku Baako’s New Crusading Guide indicated that the Serbian trainers were in the country to among other things, train the participants on “recruitment and mobilizations”.
The recruitment and mobilizations bit of the training, our sources disclosed, is to get the participants abreast with modern trends and best practices in how to mobilize people to engage in unending violent protests leading to the ousting of a democratically elected government. Stay tuned.