Astonished Ewe women from Southern Togo have reported to 'Ghana Palaver' scouts in the Togolese capital of Lome, an unbelievable event that occurred in a town in the Northern Togolese town of Lama Kara, the home-region of Togolese dictator President Gnassingbe Eyadema, President Kufuor's political mentor and Chief Adviser on Security and Electoral Rigging Affairs.
According to the emotionally drained women, President Eyadema organised a full-scale dress rehearsal of the forthcoming Ghanaian Presidential elections in the Northern Togolese town of Lama Kara, complete with Ghana's Electoral Commission (EC) ballot papers and the photographs and symbols of the Ghanaian Presidential candidates and political parties in the order in which they will appear on the ballot paper in the December polls, namely Dr. Edward Mahama (PNC), Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor (NPP), Professor John Evans Atta-Mills (NDC), and Mr. George Opesika Aguddey (CPP).
The frightened women revealed that the residents of Lama Kara, and in particular the women, were made to queue up and under the supervision and instructions of Ewe-speaking Ghanaians, were taught how to thumbprint in the space in front of John Agyekum Kufuor and the elephant symbol.
The scared women also revealed to the 'Ghana Palaver' scouts that President Eyadema's security agents had planned to move large numbers of ballot boxes into Ghana in articulated trucks with 'CD' registration number plates to avoid searches, and that it was unlikely these trucks would use the Aflao border post which they claim is infested with NDC intelligence agents.
It will be recalled that in our issue Vol. 10 No. 98 of Tuesday, October 5 - Thursday, October 7, 2004, the 'Ghana Palaver Intelligence' column asked whether it was true that there had been a series of meetings held in Lome, Togo between intelligence agents of President Kufuor and President Eyadema and that agreement had been reached for President Eyadema to despatch thousands of his kinsmen from the Kara area of Northern Togo to the Yendi area and the middle belt of the Volta Region to vote for the NPP, and that some Ghanaian paramount chiefs would be visiting Lome to be briefed on their roles in receiving the Togolese nationals who would be coming to vote for the NPP as well as to receive some monies for "operational purposes".
Coming events, it seems, do indeed cast their shadows before.
'Ghana Palaver' is monitoring the situation and will inform its numerous readers of developments.