Thursday, May 17, 2007

What Ever Happened To ..........

Kofi Annan!

From Wikpedia:

Upon his return to his home nation of Ghana, Annan was immediately suggested as a candidate to become the country's next head of state!

Great! Just what a sub Saharan African nation needs! Another incompetent bureaucrat with a history of scandal, graft, nepotism and cover ups. Never mind the soft spot for socialism, commie thugs and bloody handed human rights abusing dictators!

In April of 2007, Annan was named chairman of the prize committee for the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

What's the Mo Ibrahim prize? Well it was established in 2006 :

It's $5 million up front with a annual stipend of $200,000 per year FOR LIFE!

"The award will go to African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents, and who democratically transfer power to their successor!" says the description.

Guess who got the very first one then!???

And without ever being elected as a head of state Let Alone having a democratically elected successor! Oh and let's just not bother remembering all those DEAD African bodies rotting across the country side after the wonderful accomplishments of Annan in staving off mass slaughter in Sudan and Darfur. Don't pay any attention at all to those inconvenient resolutions regarding Iraq and arms and oil. Certainly don't bother asking about or go looking for those million$ from Iraqi generals and Saddam's family!

I wonder how the people who live in Ghanna feel about all this!

Anyone seen Jimmy Carter lately?


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Blogger Mac said...

May I ask who fronted the money for the Mo Ibrahim Award or is this one of the "follow the link and look it up yourself, Mac!" situations?

5/17/2007 11:44 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Well Mac that's a fair question.
The link goes to Wikpedia and the postings there tell about Mohamed Ibrahim and his rather meteoric rise to wealth and success in telecom.
As far as I can tell it's his own money that he's using. I have great respect for entrepreneurs like this.
There is a common issue in doing business throughout the developing regions of the world and that is graft and institutional corruption.
Mo had to have greased a lot of palms and made many deals with African government types to get where he is now.
A good line of research would be to look for links back to Annan that predated the former UN exec's return to Ghanna!
Care to give it a try?

5/18/2007 9:19 a.m.  

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