John Agyekum Kufuor (John Kufuor)
Former President (2001-2008)
Date of Birth: 8/12/1938
Place of Birth: Kumasi, Ashanti Region
Married to Theresa Kufuor, five children
Education: Prempeh College, Ghana, 1954-58; Lincoln’s Inn, London, United Kingdom, 1959-61; MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK, 1964.
Career: Chief Legal Officer and Town Clerk, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana, 1967-68; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Progress Party, 1969-72; Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Deputy Opposition, Popular Front Party, 1979-82; Secretary for Local Government, the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), Government of Ghana, 1982; New Patriotic Party (NPP) Party Leader, 1996-2000; President of Ghana, 2001-07; Chairman, African Union, 2007-08.
Commentary: When Kufuor became President in 2001, he brought to an end the 18-year
tenure of Former President Jerry Rawlings. During his time
in office, he was praised for his efforts to build the country's
economy. In 2006, for example, he negotiated a five-year
US$547 million grant from the United States Millennium
Challenge Corporation to combat poverty.
When the new National Democratic Congress (NDC) government came into
office in 2009, it discovered that the country was deeper in debt
than previously thought, raising questions about the Kufuor administration's
accountability. Allegations of corrupt oil deals between Texas-based Kosmos Energy and Ghanaian energy company, EO Group, implicated EO's founders and two of Kufuor's political allies, George
Owusu and Kwame Bawuah Edusei.
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GNPC officials say the courts are likely also to hear claims of conflicts of interest over the choice of foreign lawyers after the NPP government dropped GNPC’s legal team – and of an unhealthy relationship between Société Générale and the government of ex-President John Kufuor...
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The core group around Akufo-Addo, led by Akyem people from his native Eastern Region, has since 2008 marginalised many founding members seen as loyal to ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor and his Ashanti business friends...
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• Julius Ansah, from Ashanti Region, was appointed to the Court by former President John Kufuor (NPP) and his loyalties are said to lie that way...
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Others in the NPP, such as banker Kwame Pianim, Charles Wereko-Brobbey (a former head of the state-owned Volta River Authority power utility), and former President John Agyekum Kufuor argue that the party’s decision to boycott parliamentary proceedings, such as the vetting of Mahama’s ministerial appointees, is self-defeating...
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In 2004, the situation was reversed: the NDC, then in opposition, challenged the Electoral Commission’s announcement that the NPP’s President John Kufuor had won a second term...
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Britain’s Vodafone, which negotiated the purchase of its remarkably cheap licence with former President John Agyekum Kufuor, is seen as close to the NPP...
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Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor and three former NPP ministers have agreed to appear before the PAC...
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It looks more united than in 2008, when the outgoing NPP President John Agyekum Kufuor stayed largely aloof from the campaign...
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Before the 2008 elections, EC officials warned that a fifth of the names on the register could be inaccurate or counterfeit; President John Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) government released more funds and a compromise was reached...
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GHANA | OIL AND GAS
Having criticised his predecessor John Kufuor’s government for making poor tax and royalty agreements for oil exports, Mills’s government now risks doing the same thing unless it quickly corrals some world class advisors to lead the negotiations on gas sales...