Honesty is of God and Dishonesty of the devil; the devil was a liar from the beginning…Joseph B. Wirthlin
Friday 6th November 2020, the indecisive and incompetent John Mahama was in the Suhum Constituency once again.
In 2016, he visited the people of Suhum at midnight and exactly so did he repeat in 2020.
This affirms what the Bible says; and that is the thief only appears in the evening.
I’m therefore by this communique correcting the gross lies he spewed to the good people of Suhum.
John Mahama said roads within the Constituency should be well maintained after it has been tarred and the simple question I’ve for him is, which of the roads in Suhum did he maintain, for instance Amanhyia to Akorabo to Kukua where his Chief of Staff, Julius Debra hailed from which was tarred by NPP 1 did he even for once think of maintaining it?
It’s NPP 1 who tarred that road and the NDC left it without patching it with a teaspoonful of coal, NPP assumed power in 2017 and now the Amanhyia -Akorabo -Kukua road is being tarred again, common maintenance NDC lacks it.
The corrupt Mahama again said they brought asphalt to Suhum inner roads. They should show us the roads they asphalted or he thinks we have short memories.
He instructed his appointee to paint our roads with NDC logo, is that the asphalt for Suhum?. Your lies this year to Suhum constituency has been exposed.
Suhum constituents have seen major developments under the NPP led Nana Addo administration than the abysmal performance during your tenure.
Suhum electorates should reject NDC because they didn’t treat us well, John Mahama told us in 2016 that he’s not a magician to create jobs for our teeming youth, today the magician NPP has created over 2million jobs which Suhum has gotten its part.
Let me use the opportunity to list some employments created under the NPP administration from 2017.
372 have been employed under NABCO, 35 in Youth in afforestation ,332 under Youth Employment agency, 110 under cocoa pollination, 16 under the security services, teachers, nurses and others.
The voter community will attest that when it comes to developmental projects in Suhum, it only happens under the NPP not NDC as corrupt Mahama said to Suhum constituents, we are calling him and his cohorts for a debate on sectorial development in Suhum, where we will expose them more.
John Mahama seems not to amaze me when he insults the people of Suhum that when you take a sheep and cloth it with NPP colours, people of Suhum will vote for it; this statement is moronic and inane which shouldn’t have come from the former President.
Thanks to Mahama that he said in this year elections lies won’t wash, the election is about truth.
When you compare NPP to NDC in governance, it’s like comparing oranges to lime. NPP has performed better than NDC in all sectors.
Suhum our lives are good and better under NPP than NDC.
Under the NDC, dumsor killed people and destroyed our jobs, the rate of unemployed graduates was very high, bad roads, poor infrastructure, high utility tariffs etc.
This is the mess NDC created and left which the NPP led by the competent Akuffo Addo has corrected and still giving hope to the people of Suhum and Ghana as a whole.
I was sad hearing from John Mahama that the covid 19 relief funds for our market women and men and business communities to boost their business in this abnormal time under the pandemic was there before they left office, oh my God, what a liar.
Will leave this for the constituents to judge it themselves.
With his words being exposed clearly shows that the NDC has nothing good for Suhum and Ghana, we must reject NDC come December 7 because their second coming will be disastrous.
The Ghanaian electorate of today are more enlightened pertaining to governance and they are well abreast with issues of the economy, so it is difficult to swindle them.
Recently ex President Mahama has been making vain promises to the Ghanaian electorate in order to win their votes, meanwhile he was against the same policies when he was the head of state and steering the affairs of this nation.
During Mahama’s tenure of office he said, and I quote ” I am not a magician to employ you” this is what he told unemployed graduates and now he is saying he will create 1 million jobs if he is elected. He also said Free SHS will collapse Ghana’s education system but he is now claiming he brought Free SHS. He further stated he will not restore teacher trainees allowance even if it cost him his re-election but he is now saying he will maintain trainee teachers and nurses allowance. Mr Mahama led campaign to reject the introduction of Ghana card but he later went to register for the card including his wife.
During his tenure he increased electricity tariff and told Ghanaians if we want light we should pay more, he is also saying he will legalise okada but during his tenure of office most okada riders were arrested and they were told it is illegal to operate okada, because he wants votes he is trying to say he is holier than the Pope.
As ex President Mahama said “Ghanaians have short memory” but I am reminding him what he did when he was steering the affairs of the nation, the biggest scam of the decade was Mahama’s $10 billion Hope City project.
With this track record, I think he is credibility bankrupt and needs to stand aside and learn from His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-addo who is shaping the tattered economy you left.
… signed… Edmund Kyei Asokwa Constituency 1st Vice Chairman Member of NPP National Communication
After the recent Volta Regional Tour by Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, NDC, John Dramani Mahama, he is seriously being called upon now to render an apology for peddling politics of insult in the region.
Below is a Press release from Dufia of Klikor, Torgbi Xenodzi Dogbey II, Seer King of the Worgbato Kingdom of Klikor in the Volta region.
IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
It has come to the notice of the Chiefs of Ketu South that, in the just-ended recent tour of the Volta Region by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, Mr. John Dramani Mahama , made a statement which we the Chiefs see as an insult to the Paramount Chiefs of Ketu South. In a letter dated 12th of August, 2020, a four (4) days’ Time schedule tour issued by the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress and his Team, Klikor was not listed and was forgotten on the list of places to be visited. However, even though he managed to see the Fiaga of Klikor and other paramount Chiefs of Ketu South, he spoke ill of them when he reached Ketu North. Mr. John Dramani Mahama told the Paramount Chiefs of Ketu North that the Paramount Chiefs of Ketu South are not united, saying he would not visit them first in his next visit.
We call on the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress to render an unqualified apology to the Paramount Chiefs of Ketu South Now. We want him to quickly retract his statement or face the wrath of the people of Ketu South in the December Polls with reduced votes.
We the Chiefs of Ketu South will not tolerate any politician who peddles politics of insult as we badly overheard Mr. John Dramani Mahama called the current President of Ghana, a Clearing Agent. Why?
All citizens of this country know that COVID-19 has impacted negatively on our economy and economies around the world, causing Job loses but our government skillfully kept inflation low compared to 2016 when inflation was badly more than 16%. Who then are the better managers of Ghana’s economy? Again, we have also noticed that Ketu South, Ketu North and Volta Region as a whole have been badly denied development and support by the National Democratic Congress, NDC, during their Sixteen (16) years of power, 1993-2000 and 2009-2016.
Is that the reward you give to your people for voting for you? Where were your promises?
Chieftaincy or Kingship has been very powerful in our land before the advent of today’s Politics. Therefore, we the people of Klikor, descendants of ancient Hebrews would not tolerate politicians who insult the intelligence of our revered Paramount Chiefs or King of Kings for Political gains.
We were surprised when the flagbearer of the NDC said the current government abandoned all the projects of the NDC government because we know for in truth that the current Government has completed more than Fifteen (15) projects started by NDC government in its first term. Finally, how could the leader of the NDC refer to Special Persecutor as an NPP person mischievously during his Volta Regional tour? Clean and fair Politics of issues is what we want. We don’t think there is anything wrong with Ghanaians giving the Current Government a 58.2% victory for Continuity.
We do not think a debate with the Current President is necessary since we are all witnesses of your track records.
A Ghanaian Actress and bossom friend of Mr. John Mahama, Afia Shwarzeneger has chastised Mr. Mahama for saying that if he wants a debate between him and H.E Nana Addo over who has done a lot of infrastructure projects for the country, then he should debate Tracy and Gloria.
According to Afia Shwarzeneger, Mr. Mahama should rather debate Tracy Boakye and Gloria Kani in order to clear his name if he thinks he hasn’t done things that they are accusing him of. She explained that Mr. Mahama doesn’t deserve the attention of H.E Nana Addo because what Nana Addo has done for this country is uncomparable.
She stated that she will support Mr. Mahama’s call for a debate between him and H.E Nana Addo after he has done with Tracy Boakye.
The Electoral Commission (EC) has described as unfortunate, former president John Mahama’s decision to end his tour of some registration centres.
Mr Mahama on his official Facebook post, announced his decision to stop his visits to some voter registration centres in the country’s capital, Accra due to the disregard for Coronavirus safety protocols.
“I have cut short my unannounced visit to some voter registration centres in Accra and Tema this afternoon. This is because of the very low awareness of the #COVID19 protocols including physical distancing and the wearing of masks.
“We have to step up public education on Covid-19 so that people can appreciate the risk,” he wrote.
The flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress started his tour in the Volta region where he spoke to chiefs and elders in the region after his rounds.
Reacting to this, the EC Commissioner, Mrs Mensa, noted that her outfit has put in place stringent measures to ensure that registrants observe the safety protocols and that despite the measures put in place, it was incumbent on registrants and all stakeholders to adhere to the protocols.
With everything appeared set on the side of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on the 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the nation is waiting with bated breath on the Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to name his running mate for the December 7, polls.
This paper’s several attempts to get the person to partner the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama in the battle against Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for some days, continue to draw the response “JM is keeping everything close to his chest” and “the man is tight-lipped”.
The ex-President’s aides, who would ordinarily talk to The Herald, continue to insist they are not aware of the boss’ choice for a running mate, but they were sure that he was going to make a good choice to enhance the NDC 2020 ticket.
But the names of many party members continue to make the rounds with report that one of them could be named soon, after Mr Mahama’s final meeting with the National Executive Committee (NEC).
This will be after meetings with NDC’s founder Jerry John Rawlings and the current Chairman of the Council of Elders of NDC, Alhaji Iddrisu Mahama.
The last meeting between him and the NEC at the party’s headquarters was to decide on the membership of the National Campaign Tema led by Joshua Alabi.
Although tight-lipped, The Herald is informed that names such as ex-Finance Minister, Kwesi Botchway, ex-Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Kwame Awuah Darko, the former boss of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Bulk Oil Storage and transportation Company (BOST), Kwasi Ahwoi, a former Agric and Interior Minister.
Also, on the list, The Herald learnt, is Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a former Finance Minister, banker and businessman, who once served as Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BOG).
Former Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) as well as the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Alex Mould, is also on the list.
The Herald picked up information that, although ex-President Mahama, wanted Prof. Kwesi Botchway as running mate, based on his knowledge and experience of managing the Ghanaian economy during the turbulence times of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), the Military junta led by Flt. Lt. JJ Rawlings, the man who was once served as Chairman of the National Development Planning (NDPC) complained of old age, failing health, as well as family protest. But for these, Prof. Botchway, would have been named long ago.
His only challenge was that he was coming from the Central Region, because the NDC, had had John Evans Atta Mills, and Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur from the region. Some party bigwigs, feel that the Central Region, has been offered a lot of opportunities to serve the country.
Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, a former Finance Minister, is mentioned as the candidate of ex-President Jerry John Rawlings. His experience as an economist, a former lecturer, a banker, a businessman; owner of the Unibank, Unicredit, Star Insurance, Prime Insurance, Starr FM among others.
His Ashanti lineage, to many is to serve as a big plus as the NDC is seen to be dominated by Northerners, Ewes, Fantes, Nzemas among others, but the Ashantis are believed to be in the party, but have always played a backburner’s roles. But like Prof. Botchway, Dr.Duffour, is also facing the age issue. He is over 70-years, just like Prof. Botchway.
Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, appears to be in a pole position among all with her gender, record as the first female Vice-Chancellor of a University; the University of Cape Coast (UCC). A former trained journalist, who also served as an Education Minister, where she excelled and made a name for herself.
Alex Mould, who is also on the list has over 30 years of international energy and banking experience, and widely regarded as one of Africa’s leading authorities on energy, economic and leadership issues.
The ex-boss of the national oil company for Ghana, was charged by President Mahama to develop GNPC into an independent and world-class operator, through the execution of an accelerated growth strategy.
He began his career with GNPC, where his core responsibilities, included refining, crude and petroleum products supply and risk management.
Prior to joining GNPC, he was responsible for regulating the downstream sector as CEO.
He is said to be passionate about local content and public-private partnerships that demonstrate how the energy sector can generate investment and drive economic empowerment and transformation.
Mr Mould is said to have extensive corporate and investment banking experience was gained from Standard Chartered Bank (New York and Ghana) and Union Bank of Switzerland (New York), focusing on transaction origination, client relationship management, product management, strategic planning, business strategy and development.
Alexander holds an MBA (Finance, Economics and Decision Science) from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois. He also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma (Oil Marketing and Economics) from College of Petroleum Studies, Oxford; and a Chemical Engineering BSc from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in Ghana.
His Expertise are mentioned as leadership, management, finance, economic management, power, Oil & Gas. (Upstream), Crude and Petroleum Products supply and trading.
Other media reports have also mentioned MP for Korle-Klottey Constituency and daughter of ex-President Rawlings, Dr. Zenator Rawlings and NDC’s General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, among others.
Social media publication WhatApp news, report how Mr Mahama’s choice had come after a long string of consultations within the opposition party which was truncated by the outbreak of the terrifying Covid-19 coronavirus in the country.
The NDC running mate selection, has been a subject of intense concern for political pundits who have warned that picking a running mate too close to a major presidential election could be a fatal gamble for John Mahama.
Even Mr Mahama’s arch-rivals in the governing NPP and the incumbent flagbearer of the party, Akufo-Addo, had taken pot-shots at the NDC candidate for the seeming delay.
Beaming excitedly while picking his own running mate on Saturday, June 27, 2020, Akufo-Addo referred to the NDC’s running mate blues, saying: “…we have no such difficulty. We have the most fitting person to feature on our ticket.”
However, Mr Mahama, had earlier conceded that the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ghana mid-March 2020, had complicated matters on when would be considered appropriate to name his running mate, amidst radical public reforms being undertaken due to the coronavirus.
“In the midst of COVID-19, what is the use of naming a running mate you can’t even outdoor him. The president is encouraging all of us to stay at home, that’s not the most opportune time to come out and name your running mate and so we are on track,” the NDC flagbearer responded to a query put to him during a public event in May 2020.
Between the two shortlisted persons, Whatsup News gathered that MrÂ Awuah Darko is the favourite of Mr Mahama, but insiders say the powerful Ahwoi family, are relentless in their lobby for Kwasi Awoi to emerge the final running-mate.
The Ahwoi brothers are a powerful power bloc within the NDC and have reportedly groomed Kwasi Ahwoi for the top Job. The bloc is also nicknamed “Church Street” bloc.
Mr Ahwoi, may be judged based on his last appointment as Ghana’s interior Minister in comparison to Awuah-Darko’s milestone appointment as the unprecedented CEO of two major oil parastatal of Ghana-BOST and TOR.
During his time, Awuah Darko, was credited for virtually bringing the comatose TOR back to life and turn it around from a resource-guzzling entity to a profit-making one.
As CEO of TOR, Mr Awuah-Darko managed the restructuring of the entire refinery operations, slashing TOR’s perennial debt of $650million to some $350million.
Awuah-Darko, who hails from the Ashanti Region, hasÂ extensive experience in the finance and insurance spanning across Africa, Europe and the Americas, and he would be matching the NPP’s Bawumia on this front.
On the other hand, Mr Ahwoi’s forte is in planning and resource management, having held several positions in that regard. With his extensive professional and political career, he is surely a formidable choice.
On Wednesday, Mr Mahama, announced receipt of a copy of the party’s 2020 manifesto further confirming his readiness for the election.
Receiving the manifesto, Mr Mahama wrote on Facebook “this document, The People’s Manifesto, will represent the NDC and my social contract with the good people of Ghana.”
The Republic Day announcement came eight months after the NDC opened its doors to the public, calling for manifesto suggestions.
Expressing gratitude to the public for their contributions, Mahama wrote: I thank you all for your contributions to the compilation, and as I have promised.
“I look forward to the Policy Dialogue Series through which I will be sharing details of the various sectors and themes of the manifesto.”
A member of the Communication team of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says former President John Dramani Mahama was chosen to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) because of his wealth and not competence.
Ishmael Addo alleged that “John Mahama was not the candidate the NDC wanted but the party needs money and so they decided to choose him because he has money more than any other person in the party”
Mahama ‘bloodshed’ speech The NPP Communicator further lashed the former President for ‘making comments that can lead to bloodshed’
According to him, “it’s sad such comments were coming from the former President; it would have been pardonable if party communicators made those comments…I think he has already seen his defeat”
The former President, delivering a speech at the 28th anniversary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), issued a stern warning to the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of the 2020 elections.
According to him, the party will not accept the 2020 election results should they suspect any underhand dealings by the EC.
“As leader of the NDC, I wish to serve notice that we shall do all our parts to ensure that our country remains peaceful and that the electoral process proceeds smoothly, but let nobody assume that we will accept the results of a flawed election”, he cautioned.
Recent comments by the Ex President Mahama sounds unpalatable and unfortunate, he made comments threatening the electoral commission and the state that he and his party won’t accept the outcome of a flawed election. These derogatory comment against the Electoral commission supposed not to have come from the Honourable Mahama because of his position as an ex President and a candidate for the major opposition NDC.
We all remember the infamous incidence at Ayawaso Wuogon, where the ex President again threaten the nation by saying “the NDC was born out of revolution so we will match NPP boot for boot” and I think his insensitive comments are becoming too much and it threatens the peace of the nation.
Mahama should consider his position as flagbearer and becareful with some of his comments, he mostly sounds like he doesn’t care about the peaceful nature of our country Ghana but he only cares about how he is going to win election at all cost whether through foul or right means.
Countries like Rwanda and co have experience war and genocide because of misguided comments by some of its citizens and during that time many lost their lives and their economy shattered, and any person who have experienced war before will tell you how worse lives becomes under such experience.
I am quoting the late President John Evans Atta Mills, may his gentle soul rest in peace, “Ghana will not die” Mahama should be sensitive and think about the majority of our population which are women and children, they suffer most whenever there is an outbreak of war. Ghana has come far, so Ghanaians do not want the nation to go back in the dark ages where people incite ethnocentric violences, we are one people and we love our dear nation Ghana, Ghanaians will vote peacefully and I entreat every citizen to register in the upcoming voter registration in order to exercise their franchise in coming December 7th election.
Remember to wear your nose mask and observe Social distancing.
…Signed… Edmund Kyei Asokwa Constituency 1st Vice Chairman Member of NPP National Communication.
Ex-president John Evans Atta Mills died as a sitting president. He died at the 37 Military Hospital. Even though he has a chronic health condition which is believed to be the cause of his death. A lot of people still doubt he died a natural death and believes someone was involved in his demise.
It has been years since he died and was buried but yet still people also dig into matters surrounding his death to the extent that the death of this noble peace – maker has now turned into politics.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes Former Vice President and President John Dramani Mahama was part of the conspiracy to take the life of Ex President Atta Mills so he can take over from him.
For them to wait for election year to talk about such things makes it look like they are using it for their own advantage to defame the flag bearer of the opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The brother of the Late President Atta Mills speaking on Accra FM today told listeners that rumor going about that the autopsy of the Late President was never out is a total lie.
And that he was there when the autopsy was taking place by the pathologist. He said they even cautioned him that the sight is unpleasant so if he can’t stand it, he can excuse them.
According to him, the autopsy took about three to four hours and he was present as at when they did it. He said the family of the demised later recieved the report after three days.
He added that as a family they are not happy about how the public keeps bruising their wound stopping it from healing faster.
He said the public should stop all those unpleasant comment about his brother’s death and that it is not making the family happy. Atta Mills comes from a family before he become a president and so we should give respect to the bereaved family and the dead.
Relatives of the former president are implicated in an investigation into the corruption scandal that has shaken European aeronautics giant Airbus. The revelations come at a bad time for John Dramani Mahama, who is taking a fresh run at the presidency this year.
One could hardly have imagined a more unlikely setting for a revelation of this nature.
The scene takes place in November 2010: Philip Middlemiss, former star of the successful British series Coronation Street, goes with his girlfriend, actress Leanne Davis, to a charity gala at a cricket club in the north-west of England.
In keeping with the theme of the evening – psychedelics of the sixties – the actor is dressed in a three-piece plaid suit and Chelsea boots.
When a local newspaper asks him what his plans are, Middlemiss’s answer is unexpected to say the least. “I’m working out in Ghana, in West Africa. My best friend’s brother’s the vice president. So I went out there thinking of directing a feature film and now I’m working with the government.” The journalist, obviously taken aback, asked him if this was a joke. “No, no, that’s the truth!” he replies, laughing.
Ten years later, the results of a joint investigation by French, British and US authorities into alleged corruption at the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus in 23 countries, including Ghana, shed new light on the exchange. And they have plunged John Dramani Mahama, the former president who was planning to make a political comeback this year, into turmoil.
A case of kickbacks
Between 2009 and 2012, John Dramani Mahama was the Vice President of Ghana. After President John Atta Mills died in July 2012, Mahama took over the Presidency and the leadership of the National Democratic Congress, then won the national elections in December that year.
But four years later, Mahama lost the presidential election to veteran contender Nana Akufo Addo by over a million votes.
Now Mahama’s political opponents accuse him of having links to a corrupt network in a case of kickbacks in the contract for the sale of Airbus military equipment to the Republic of Ghana.
Philip Middlemiss, Leanne Davis and John Dramani Mahama’s brother, Samuel Adam Mahama, are suspected of having acted as intermediaries between Airbus and the Ghanaian president.
These accusations, which have been reported in recent weeks by many local media and the now ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), are a heavy blow to this seasoned politician, who dreams of winning back the supreme magistracy and who has already been invested by his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), for the presidential election due to be held in December.
At the end of March, a new twist in his campaign took a further turn for the worse: Ghana’s special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, who had found the corruption suspicions credible enough to open an investigation on 4 February, announced that he had summoned four “suspects”.
He wants to hear from Philip Middlemiss and his collaborator Sarah Furneaux, as well as Leanne Davis and Samuel Adam Mahama.
All four have British nationality and it is difficult to imagine them travelling to Ghana in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic to answer questions from the courts. But the announcement had the effect of a political bomb.
John Dramani Mahama has so far declined to comment, but his lawyer has said that the former president has not received any bribes.
The Secretary-General of the NDC, for his part, has stated that the current period, marked by COVID-19, is not conducive to such controversy. “Any judge who sits on such a case will vanish,” said Stephen Atubiga, a senior member of the party, causing an outcry.
Many are calling on the former head of state to explain himself or even withdraw from the presidential race.
NPP spokesman Awal Mohammed said John Dramani Mahama has lost all credibility in the run-up to the upcoming elections.
A view shared by Kofi Akpaloo, the candidate of the Liberal Party of Ghana.
“It is definitely inconsistent with accountability when a person who supervised such a transaction is going round canvassing for votes from the people of Ghana, and yet that same person does not want to open up to the people of Ghana on the transaction; to me it is the height of inconsistency and lack of accountability,” said Yeboah Dame, Assistant Attorney General
Former President John Dramani Mahama is going after Kwame Baffoe, aka Abronye DC, after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) man had allegedly said on a television programme that he (Mahama) killed the then sitting President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.
He has caused his lawyers to write to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to invite Abronye, who is the Bono Regional Chairman of the NPP, for questioning on some allegation he made.
The ex-President did not include the allegation concerning the death of Prof. Mills as an issue the police should investigate, yet he complained about it.
Rather, he wants the police to question Abronye on why he alleged that he (Mahama) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are plotting to kill some NPP personalities, including Abronye.
The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has selected a running mate for the 2020 elections.
The former President has come under intense criticism for failing to name a running mate since his election as the flagbearer of the main opposition party some two years ago.
Information gathered by GhanaNewsPage.Com indicate that the former President settled on an Akan.
The reason, this paper gathered is due to the belief that an Akan, particularly someone from the Ashanti Region will help the party gain more votes in the Akan dominated areas.
Ace broadcaster, Paul Adom-Otchere opined same when he run an editorial on the running mate issue in the NDC.
“We suspect that if J.J Rawlings is thinking about a running mate for John Mahama, giving that John Mahama comes from the North and he’s thinking about a running mate from the south, we think JJ will point him…directly to the Ashanti Region,” he said on his TV show Good Evening Ghana,” he said.
Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah writes; Bawumia was right; Never Again, John Mahama
It’s humorous reading from the Mahama camp twist themselves into logical knots trying to avoid admitting that Vice president Bawumia has all along been spot on with his comparative analysis on the ‘Dumsor’ and COVID-19 crises.
Why are these people so ugly in their thinking? Mahama was in government between 2012-2016 when the nation was plunged into energy crisis and he offered nothing in terms of social mitigating measures to cushion the citizenry.
As a matter of fact, the economy then was so fragile that John Mahama couldn’t even mitigate and cushion people from an internally created problem like dumsor. And for John Mahama to turn around to describe the economy under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo today in a global pandemic as weak speaks volume.
How did John Mahama managed Ghana’s economy under the ‘Dumsor’ crisis? Didnt ‘Dumsor’ wreck havoc on the Ghanaian economy and businesses for 4years under Mahama? Did Mahama’s weak economy able to mitigate the impact of ‘dumsor’?
Can Ghanaians be informed the measures instituted by John Mahama during the ‘Dumsor’ crisis, and Cholera outbreak that kills over 200 Ghanaians?
Indeed, the ‘Dumsor’ crisis actually crippled Ghana’s economy for four years, and there was not a single mitigating measures offered to businesses and individuals.
Even during ‘dumsor’, electricity prices were increased, fuel prices were increased, teacher trainee allowances were cancelled, nursing trainee training allowances were cancelled. And this was under a crisis situation.
If we compare that to the COVID-19 crisis, the difference is clear – The President has reduced electricity prices and has made it free for lifeline consumers. He has given free water to all Ghanaians for three months, has made sure that there is a stimulus package of ¢600 million for businesses and we have seen domestic production of PPEs (personal protective equipment) for our health workers locally.
Let me be blunt and state that I do not envy Mr. Mahama at all in his time of distress, for that is what he has effectively brought upon himself: as far as Ghana politics is concerned, he can liken himself to a leprous recluse, for while smiles may greet him when he mixes with party apparatchiks on any given front, every body would be extremely guarded whenever and wherever he shows up. If nobody would tell him, I dare say he has become a pariah within a multitude, at once higher than Judas the Iscariot and simultaneously lower than a snake’s belly. Most people Ghanaians would never take him seriously again, especially because of his handling of the ‘dumsor’ crisis.
Mahama need to stop screwing around and accept the fact that he is done politically and have nothing to offer Ghana.
Fact is, he has no moral credibility to talk about the economy and crisis management.
And he must think again if thinks he can return to power nicodemously through the back door with some of these stunts.
Indeed, Dr Bawumia was right on his criticism of former President John Mahama’s handling of the Ghanaian economy between 2012 and 2016.
I have seen the NDC autopilot communicators been asked to question why the President will announce the construction of 6 Regional and 88 District Hospitals when several hospitals of JM (they claim) have been abandoned.
Let me take some time to enumerate health projects we inherited, and have completed and operationalized them.
I hope these NDC guys will read and revise their notes.
1. Construction and Equipping of 10 Polyclinics in the Central Region
They are located in the following towns; Besease, Gomoa Dawurampong, Biriwa, Sunkwa, Birempong Agya, Gyamera, Mankron, Ekumfode, Ekumfi Naakwa and Gomoa
These projects were initiated by the NDC in 2016 but were completed by NPP in 2018.
2. Upgrade and Rehabilitation of Tamale Teaching Hospital.
Phase 2 of this project began in 2015 and was supposed to be completed in December, 2018. It has duly been completed by NPP and commissioned by Health Minister.
3. Construction and Equipping on 597 Bed UG Medical Centre.
JM couldn’t complete even the Phase 1 of this project but the NPP inherited, completed and operationalized it.
We have also secured funding for Phase 2 which is ongoing.
Project expected to be completed and fully operationalized by October, 2020.
4. Construction of Offices and Ministry of Health Headquarters.
This was inherited and completed by NPP.
The ministry have now be relocated into its new headquarters close the NHIS headquarters at Ridge.
5. Expansion of Radiotherapy Medical Services at Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals.
This project was abandoned before we assumed office. Funding arrangement were reengaged and the project has resumed. It’s expected to be completed by end of this year.
6. Construction of 2 Regional and 6 District Hospitals by Eurojet
These were projects initiated by Prez Kuffour. Work commenced between 2009-16 but none of these 8 projects were completed by NDC in 8yrs. When we assumed office we had to reengage the contractors
Currently, we have commissioned and operationalized the Wa Regional Hospital,
– The Ga East District Hospital also in operation (Which is now the National COVID-19 treatment centre in Accra)
– All other sites like Twifo Praso, Konongo, Odumase, Nsorkor, Tepa and Salaga are still in progress. Tepa and Nsorkor are to be completed by close of June and November, 2020.
7. Construction of 8 District Hospital and Integrated IT Systems in Ghana.
These projects located in Wa, Fomena, Kumawu, Abetifi, Garu Tempani, Sekondi, and Takoradi were abandoned in July, 2016.
Only the Dodowa project was completed by the NDC.
We did a value for money audit which revealed that money spent was far in excess of work done.
We have written to attorney general to terminate these contract based on auditors recommendations.
So let it be on record that no project of the NDC has been abandoned the NPP administration.
We will also make available hospital projects initiated and completed by the NPP since January, 2017 to date.
Challenge the Sammy Gyamfi and NDC the published the list of 3,000 Chip Compounds they claim it was built be JM with their locations.
Benjamin A Akowuah
(NPP Natl. Comms Team)
Former President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday, April 23, 2020, addressed Ghanaians in a Facebook live conversation of Ghana’s COVID-19 situation.
NDC presidential candidate, John Dramani MahamaThe National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer touched on a lot of issues during the period.
Some of his comments generated conversations and debates on social media last week.
Pulse.com.gh resists some of the issues the former president touched on while addressing his followers on the country’s coronavirus situation.
Four critical things the NDC leader talked about are as follows; Giving 3-month token to SSNIT contributors
According to the former President Mahama, social security contributions are essentially an insurance scheme made, not just for pensions in old age, but also to help contributors in times of adversity such as this.
The NDC flagbearer prayed SSNIT to support contributors with some money to cushion them for the next three months.
Let’s demand accountability from gov’t on COVID-19 fund – Mahama
Mr.Mahama also called on Ghanaians to demand transparency and accountability in the disbursement of the COVID-19 Trust Fund created by the government to help finance activities relating to the fight against the pandemic.
Mr Mahama said the funds were contributed by the tax payer, hence due accountability must be rendered by the government.
Calls for voter roll compilation “deeply irresponsible” – Mahama
He also described as “deeply irresponsible” suggestions by some elements within the NPP government that the Electoral Commission (EC) begin compiling a new voter register despite the raging coronavirus pandemic.
Without mentioning names, John Mahama said: “It is unfortunate that a high-ranking member of the President’s party has suggested, in recent days, that the Electoral Commission should, and will go ahead with the compilation of a new voter register as soon as next month”.
Ghana’s economy on ventilators at ICU – Mahama jabs NPP government
The former President further jabbed the managers of the country’s economy, saying the coronavirus pandemic has exposed their “propaganda” about the health of the economy.
He opined that Ghana’s economy is on ventilators barely a month after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the Akufo-Addo administration has used propaganda to sell the economy and the current crisis is now exposing them.
Former President of the Republic of Ghana John Dramani Mahama has donated his one (1) month salary to a Coronavirus Fund established to deal with the deadly disease.
In a press statement signed by the special aide to the flagbearer of the opposition party NDC Joyce Bawah Mogtari, believes with togetherness, Ghana can triumph over the deadly coronavirus.
The Fund meanwhile will be managed by an independent board of trustees chaired by the immediate past Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo Addo to receive contributions and donations from the public to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable.
President Akufo-Addo on Friday night announced a lockdown in Accra and Kumasi Metropolis effective dawn of Monday, 30th March 2020 following a spike in cases of the covid-19 pandemic.
The directive will affect Accra, Kumasi, Tema, Kasoa among others.
However, essential workers have been exempted from the temporary measures announced by the President as the lockdown takes effect Monday dawn.
Ghana’s confirmed cases has scaled up to 137 with four deaths.
Speaking to this on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Sammi Awuku who commended President Akufo-Addo for his proactiveness in curbing the spread of the scourge, indicted the NDC leader for seeking attention in dire moments for political gain by arrogating unto itself the powers to set up parallel structures to counter that of the state.
”I am struggling to understand former President Mahama and the NDC. Do we establish opposition NADMO in times of floods?” he quizzed.
“…Mahama’s conduct was not presidential…there was no need to form any committee except for political gain. They have travelled beyond basic politics. What kind of suggestions are they going to give? Politicizing this is the lowest point in this whole discussion…
“…every step of the Government goes a long way to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The government has recalled all retired health experts to help curb the spread of the disease…This is not the time to play politics but I was surprised to realize that the leader of the NDC has set up a covid-19 response team. There is no country where an opposition party has set up a response team. what is the terms of reference? It was a wrong move, totally needless and sought to politicize the situation and I think the former President’s conduct was not presidential at this point in time,” the NPP National Organiser said.
Members of NDC’s COVID-19 response team
1. Nana Kofi Quakyi (Assistant Professor in Public Health/Specialist in Health Economics)
2. Dr. Vida Yarkong (PhD in Interdisciplinary Medicine)
3. Dr. Prosper Akanbong – Immediate Past CEO of Tamale Teaching Hospital and Physician Consultant
4. Dr. Jehu Appiah: Senior Medical Consultant and former General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association
5. Prosper Bani – Former Minister of Interior and former Head of UNDP’s Crisis Prevention and Recovery Team for Africa
6. Dr. Zanetor Rawlings – Medical Doctor
7. Alex Segbefia – Former Minister of Health
8. Mintah Akandoh – Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Committee of Heath
9. Prof. Margaret Kweku – UHAS
10. Dr. Jonas Asamoah – Public Health Expert, Hawa Memorial Hospital, Osiem.