Ghana. According to CountryAAH, Accra is the capital city of Ghana. President John Kufuor was elected President of the African Union (AU) in January. It was the second year in a row that the AU chose to bypass the Sudanese president because of the difficult situation in the Darfur region.
In February, a former minister was sentenced to ten years in prison for embezzlement of state funds. The ruling led to his party, the former National Democratic Congress (NDC) ruling party, launching a boycott of parliamentary work. The NDC claimed that the government devoted itself to revenge on the previous administration instead of reviewing the corruption in its own ranks.
In 1957, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to break free from colonial dependence and proclaim its independence. A year-long 50-year celebration began in March with military parades and dance performances.
In May, the World Bank allocated $ 110 million to fight poverty in Ghana. In 1991, more than half of Ghana’s population lived below the official poverty line. The proportion of poor people had been reduced to 28.5 percent in 2005 and the World Bank’s hope was that the figure for Ghana already in 2008 should reach below 25 percent poor.
A large oil discovery under the sea off Ghana gave hope for increased revenue for the state. Many cautionary voices, however, were raised because the country is at risk of going the same way as most other oil producers in Africa, where incomes have promptly led to increased social divisions and corruption.
In September 2003, 173 Ghanaian children were reunited with their parents after being sold to fishermen for US $ 180. The children had been used for hard physical work, which some did not survive. In addition, they were poorly fed and abused. The reunion was organized by the International Organization for Migration, which meant that the fishermen were provided with advice and equipment, while the children’s families were given micro-credits, which they could set up small businesses to provide them with a better income.
In late 2003, the construction of a taumatina factory started. It is a natural sweetener extracted from the Katemfe bush, with few calories and 2500 times sweeter than sugar. The industry can reach billions in size, though North American companies have patented the genes in the Katemfe bush that provide the sweetener. It could threaten the perspective of the Ghanaian sweetener industry.
In February 2004, President Jerry Rawlings testified before a commission of inquiry investigating human rights violations during his tenure. Rawlings was charged by various human rights organizations with the disappearance of over 200 people in 1980, for ordering summary executions and for committing other human rights violations. Rawlings became questioned about a video showing the circumstances surrounding the execution of three judges in 1982. He was also questioned about the execution of Lance Corporal Sarkodie Addo, who was charged with attempted coup in 1984. Witnesses had previously said Rawlings was present at the execution of soldier.
In September, 132 children were finally reunited with their families. They had been victims of the slave trade and performed forced labor for fishermen in Yeji in the Atebubu district of Brong-Ahafo province. Thanks to the efforts of the international migration organization OIM, the number of liberated children in Ghana in the previous months thus reached 430. As compensation, fishermen were given micro credits and education to improve their fishing methods. OIM had identified a total of 1002 school-age children from the central areas of Ghana and Volta who had been sold as slaves to fishermen in Yeji. The majority were 6-14 years.
In October, two mining companies released information on upgrading gold reserves in Ghana, thereby extending the life of the mines. The state gets a share of the profits from the mining industry and thus piles on both the upgrading of resources and the rising gold price in the world market.
On December 10, 2004, Kufuor again won the election and could thus continue in the post for the second period. Acc. he received 52.75% of the Electoral Commission, while his counterpart and former Vice President John Atta Mills got 44.32%. The international observers described the election as conducted in a proper climate and with an effective organization.
Ghana weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 31 to 33 ° C can be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May at about 28 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
In March it rains on 4 (Accra) to 9 days (Kumasi), in April on 6 (Accra) to 10 days (Kumasi) and in May on 9 (Accra) to 14 days (Kumasi) .
In the period from March to May , the sun shines an average of 7 hours a day.