Kwamena Bartels

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Kwamena Bartels
Member of the Ghana Parliament
for Ablekuma North
In office
Jan 1997 – Jan 2009
Preceded by Adam Baako Nortey Yeboah
Succeeded by Justice Joe Appiah
Minister of the Interior
In office
President John Kufuor
Preceded by Albert Kan Dapaah
Succeeded by Kwame Addo-Kufuor
Minister for Information and National Orientation
In office
President John Kufuor
Preceded by Daniel Kwaku Botwe
Succeeded by Oboshie Sai-Cofie
Minister in charge of Private Sector Development and President's Special Initiative
In office
President John Kufuor
Preceded by office created
Succeeded by ministry merged with Trade and Industry
Personal details
Born Kwamena Bartels
(1947-10-27) October 27, 1947 (age 70)
Agona Swedru, Ghana[1]
Nationality Ghanaian
Spouse(s) Married
Residence Ghana
Occupation Politician

Peter Kwamena Essilfie Bartels (born 27 October 1947)[1] is a Ghanaian politician and former government minister of the New Patriotic Party.


After graduating from secondary school in 1968, Bartels was admitted to the University of Ghana, where he studied law. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in 1971, Bartels continued his studies at the Ghana School of Law in order to become a professional lawyer.[1]

In 1979, Bartels first contested for a seat in the Parliament of Ghana, but was defeated by a People's National Party candidate. In 1992, Bartels again stood for election in Agona West constituency, but withdrew after his party boycotted the 1992 election due to alleged electoral fraud. In 1996, Bartels was elected MP for the Ablekuma North constituency.[1] He was the Minister for Works and Housing from 2001 -2004. He subsequently became Minister in charge of Private Sector and PSI (2005-2006), Minister of Information & National Orientation (2006-2007), and Minister of the Interior (2007-2008).[2]

Bartels was fired from the cabinet by President John Kufuor in 2008, allegedly due to his involvement in the missing of forty-two parcels of cocaine which were confiscated by the police, Bartels denied his involvement in that. A lot of senior NPP members said he was sacked because of his support for his close friend the then Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, they claim the then president Kufour wanted Bartels to use his influence in the Central Region to garner votes for Alan Kyeremanteng. Bartels was said to be rooting for Akufo Addo in the Central Region.[3] It is also alleged that Bartels channeled considerable amounts of a US-sponsored government fund meant for the Ghanaian private sector to companies owned by his daughters and sons-in-law.[4]


Bartels is a member of the Afro-European Bartels family, whose ancestor Cornelius Ludewich Bartels was Governor-General of the Dutch Gold Coast between 1798 and 1804, and whose son Carel Hendrik Bartels was the most important mulatto trader on the Gold Coast in the second quarter of the nineteenth century.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Kwamina Bartels Profile". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "People Record: Kwamena Bartels". AfDevInfo. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Enquirer: Why Bartels Was Fired". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kwamena Bartels' Turn Soon". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bartels, Carel Hendrik". GoldCoastDataBase. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Adam Baako Nortey Yeboah
Member of Parliament for Ablekuma North
1997 – 2009
Succeeded by
Justice Joe Appiah
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Works and Housing
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Alhaji Mustapha Idris Ali
Preceded by
Charles Omar Nyannor
Minister for Private Sector Development
2003 – 2006
Succeeded by
Alan Kyeremanteng
(Minister for Trade and Industry)
Preceded by
Daniel Kwaku Botwe
Minister for Information and National Orientation
2006 – 2007
Succeeded by
Oboshie Sai-Cofie
Preceded by
Albert Kan Dapaah
Minister for Interior
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Kwame Addo-Kufuor