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Vol 45 No 3

Published 4th February 2004


Ghana

Strong scent

A heady whiff of vengeance pervades the parties' campaigns against corruption

Ghana's most popular song these days is 'Scent noo, agye bebiara' ('The smell is everywhere', in Twi). Its subject is corruption, still a key political issue three years after the newly elected President John Kufuor promised zero tolerance of corruption (AC Vol 45 No 1). Ghanaians doubt whether his government can purge its own corruption, let alone that of past governments. Finance Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo, at the governing New Patriotic Party's pre-election congress at Cape Coast in December, claimed that the song vindicated his party. The opposition uses it as a metaphor for corruption everywhere.

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