Socialist Movement outdoors first congress report 

BY: Kester Aburam Korankye
Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr
Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr

The General Secretary of the Socialist Movement Ghana (SMG), Mr Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has said the group will be a vehicle that will support rapid growth, development, depth and impact in the country.

He said the group, which is an activist think-tank that was conceived from the Socialist Forum Ghana (SFG), would remain committed to supporting the intellectual struggles of working people against imperialist exploitation and local repression.

Mr Pratt was speaking ahead of the launch of the first congress report of the group in Accra yesterday.

He said the transition of the group from a forum to a movement was not about a change in the commitments of the group.

“We remain, as SMG, steadfastly committed to uniting the struggles of all exploited and oppressed people in Ghana and across the world. We continue to stand with all people who resist imperialist aggression, especially those still fighting for national liberation,” he said.

Launch

The convener of the SMG, Mr Kyeretwie Opoku, who explained the outline of the report, said the 100-paged illustrated document included all the documents submitted to the congress plenary when the group held its first congress at Winneba from July 30 to August 2 this year.

He said it contained the reports of the five commissions that deliberated constitutional, gender, international, national and youth affairs at the congress.

The report also contained the final resolutions of the congress and solidarity messages the movement received from well-wishers.

He called on the media to be critical of the report and provide the necessary feedback.

“We hope that the media will use it as a reference point in the future to hold us accountable for the values and commitments we made at Winneba. And we hope that you will popularise them and the agenda SMG is offering Ghanaians so that they can also evaluate our agenda and help hold us accountable and hopefully join our project to rebuild our country on prosperous, equitable, just and sustained lines to finally achieve Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s dream for Ghana and Africa.  

Movement

The foreword to the report, which was written by Mr Pratt Jnr., said the SFG, which gave birth to the SMG, launched many projects aimed at advancing popular culture; fighting ignorance and superstition, with science; and generally challenging the neo-colonial order and the raw theft of natural resources for the benefit of the global capitalist class and their elite surrogates in politics and business who posed as leaders of Ghana and Africa.

The projects include the establishment of the Freedom Centre in Accra, where intellectual engagement, cultural manifestations, international solidarity campaigns and domestic progressive struggle are held.