Former CEO of Kapital Radio, Mrs Judith Agyemang passes away

Mrs Judith Agyemang, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of Kumasi-based Kapital Radio is dead, MyNewsgh.com has confirmed.

Our sources revealed that she died on Sunday, October 14, 2018 after a taking ill at a rather short notice according to his brother Ben Gyimah who announced it on his facebook page.

Mrs Judith Agyemang is credited for grooming a number of big names in the media currently working with various big media organizations throughout the country.

Mention can be made of Kafui Dey who had good things to say about her during the 20th anniversary of the station in 2017.

“20 years ago today, I started work at Kapital 97.1 in Kumasi. This was my first experience at a commercial media organization. It was an exciting time to help build a business from the ground up. We produced jingles, designed programs, conceived promotions and sold airtime. Indeed we had a marvelous time!

“I thank Mrs Judith Agyemang our trailblazing general manager back then for giving us the opportunity to express our God-given talents. I remember the entire family of presenters and staff who contributed to the success of the station. I recollect our colleagues who passed on into eternity. I am grateful to the thousands of listeners and faithful advertisers without whom there would have been no Kapital Radio”

Meanwhile, tributes have started pouring in for the woman described by many as a mentor, an inspirer and a mother who is held in high esteem having crossed the paths of those in the inky fraternity.

Source: mynewsgh.com

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Pope Francis blames Satan instead of paedophile priests for sex abuse in Catholic church

Pope Francis has said that the devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church. Instead of pointing the finger at perverted paedophile priests, he says that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions within the church. To help combat child abusing priests, he wants Catholics to recite a special prayer every day in October.

He said: ‘(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past.’ Since he was elected in 2013, Francis has made clear that he believes the devil to be real. In a document in April on holiness in the modern world, Francis mentioned the devil more than a dozen times.

‘We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable,’ he wrote in the document. The Church has recently been hit by one sexual abuse scandal after another, from Germany, to the United States, to Chile. At the same time, a deepening polarisation between conservatives and liberals in the Church has played out on social media. Francis’ use of the term ‘the great accuser’ to describe Satan hit a raw nerve with one of the pope’s harshest conservative critics, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Vatican’s former ambassador to Washington.

The prayer to fend off paedophile priests
St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.’

In an 11-page statement published on August 26, Viganò launched an unprecedented broadside by a Church insider against the pope and a long list of Vatican and U.S. Church officials. He accused Francis of knowing about sexual misconduct by a former U.S. cardinal with male adult seminarians but not doing anything about it.

Viganò, concluding that his former boss had singled him out as the devil in disguise, complained in his next statement that Francis ‘compared me to the great accuser, Satan, who sows scandal and division in the Church, though without ever uttering my name’. On Sunday, a top Vatican official issued a scathing open letter accusing Viganò of mounting a ‘political frame job devoid of real foundation’ and contesting his accusations against the pope point by point. Francis is so convinced that Satan is ultimately to blame for both the sexual abuse scandals and the divisions within the Church that he has enlisted the aid of spiritual big gun – St. Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible as the leader of the angels who ousted Lucifer, the fallen angel, from paradise. Catholics are being asked to recite the rosary daily in October and conclude it with a prayer to St Michael that was said after Mass until 1964 but then fell into disuse.

Richard Hartley-Parkinson/metro.co.uk

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DRC Reports Several New Ebola Cases Amid Continued Bouts of Violence In North Kivu

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy said the Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 12 new cases of Ebola in the North Kivu province, with most concentrated in Beni, the epicenter of the current outbreak which has been disrupted by recent bouts of violence on Tuesday.

The latest figures now make a total of 142 confirmed cases of Ebola and 35 probable cases, including 113 deaths.

Eleven cases are still under investigation by DRC officials.

The government said the new cases were from a “second wave of confirmed cases among refractory contacts” in the Ndindi neighborhood of Beni, an area that has been resistant to the outbreak response efforts from humanitarian groups and health officials since August.

Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, the DRC’s minister of health, visited the area last week to announce a shift in strategy for fighting the Ebola outbreak.

“The city of Beni has been divided into 18 operational zones that correspond to the 18 health areas of the city. From now on, each health area will have a specific response team to carry out activities corresponding to the different pillars of the response,” the DRC said, also reporting more healthcare personnel would be dispatched to the region.

The DRC said an in-depth investigation revealed the last five confirmed cases in Beni revealed three probable cases in deceased persons who were buried before they were tested, which officials said was a cause for concern since the burial process in the DRC often involves mourners washing the body of the deceased before burial.

The Lancet also published a study this week which included data from a survey given to more than 580 residents in the current outbreak areas which revealed the recent heavy violence was taking a toll on the response efforts in Mangina, Beni, and Butembo.

The responses showed residents in North Kivu were more likely to resist response efforts and said heavy violence was obstructing their access to health care.

Another attack occurred earlier this week int he North Kivu area which left 14 villagers dead and another nine wounded in a fight over the mining of coltan, a rare minera used in manufacturing smartphones.

DRC officials dispatched more soldiers to the village of Rubaya after the attack which was blamed on the rebel Mai Mai group, which operates in the area and finances its operations through coltan sales.

The Washington Post reported how recent Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege who is known for his work on rape as a weapon of war in the DRC started a campaign to call on electronic companies to ensure they are not using blood minerals from the region.

Dozens of rebel groups operate in the DRC and fight for control over the rare minerals, often targeting women and girls with sexual violence during their attacks.

The World Health Organization has already expressed grave concern over the Ebola virus spreading into the “red zones” controlled by the rebel groups and would be unsafe for health care workers to be dispatched in the area.

“It’s a totally unprecedented situation … potentially explosive,” Anne Rimoin, an associate professor of epidemiology at UCLA who directs teams of researchers in the Ebola outbreak zone, told The Post.

She said the threats limit healthcare officials working hours limited to daylight and need armed escorts, typically UN peacekeepers or Congolese security forces.

“That is very unlike other outbreaks,” Rimoin said, noting how many of the communities have been “already traumatized by decades of conflict” so the armed escorts make locals leery of trusting healthcare teams.

After an attack targeted Red Cross workers who were gravely injured, the UN Security Council called for an end to hostilities as it prepares to visit the DRC and address the nearly 1 million people displaced by the conflict in the Ebola outbreak zone in North Kivu province.

WN.com, Maureen Foody

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Analysis: The $50bn Century Bond

The possibility of Ghana floating a century bond has once again surfaced in the media. I wonder why Ghana’s appetite for debt is so high; as if the only way to embark on infrastructural development is through the issuance of bonds.

Ghana government has hinted of floating a US$ 50 billion century bond for infrastructure development. Countries like Austria, Mexico, Argentina have floated century bonds obviously for infrastructure development among others.

At present, Ghana’s annual infrastructure deficit stands at about US$ 2.5 billion and there is no doubt that there is a need for additional financing. The African Development Bank (AfDB) pegs Africa’s infrastructure deficit between US$ 130-US$ 170 billion a year with a financing gap ranging between US$68-US$108 billion.  Ghana’s debt has ballooned over the last decade. In an Institute for Fiscal Study (IFS) report titled ‘Ghana:  Public Debt and Debt Sustainability Issues’, Ghana’s external debt and total public debt stock rose substantially after its Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) in 2005-06 and exceeded 70% to GDP as at the end of 2016. Table 1 presents the stock of public debt since 2012.

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By the end of 2016, three expenditure items thus interest payment, statutory payment and compensation to public sector employees consumed a chunk of government revenue which presented a tight fiscal space in public finances. The rigidities in the budget necessitated the passing of Earmarked Funds Capping and Realignment Bill 2017 to cap statutory Funds to 25% of total tax revenue for every fiscal year. Meanwhile, Ghana’s tax revenue to GDP which stands at 19.4% to GDP is below the 22% to 25% recorded in other middle-income countries. Issuance of a century bond will hence balloon the cost of servicing debt at the expense of capital expenditure. Table 2 compares the cost of amortizing debt with other macroeconomic indicators.

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Ghana attained a middle-income status in 2010 after rebasing its economy. The new income status of the country makes it difficult to access concessional financing. Consequently, the quest for funds to embark on infrastructural development among others made Ghana look for alternative sources of financing hence the issuance of external bonds. Sovereign nations issue Eurobond for different reasons. Some of these reasons are: to boost liquidity, to preserve the market from large shocks and unpredictable fluctuations, to diminish dependence on international aid.

Others are; to cut down reliance on grants and loans from multilateral organizations such as the IMF and the World Bank, to fund expensive short-term domestic debts, to fund payments on yields of maturing bonds – be it local or foreign, to support GDP growth and to attract more investments. Ghana is no exception, the reasons for issuing Eurobonds have been to refinance short-term expensive debt and budgetary support. The table details Ghana’s Eurobond issuance since 2007.

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In a World Bank Report issued in April 2018 titled; Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa’s Economic Future, Ghana was named among 18 countries with high risk of debt distress in Africa. There should be a rigorous strategy to manage the country’s debt. The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) in September 2018 once again rebased the economy and is currently valued at GHC 256 billion. Public debt to GDP ratio will reduce marginally but this new estimate shouldn’t warrant excessive borrowing.

The bottlenecks to infrastructure development on the continent in general and Ghana, in particular, include a weak legal, regulatory and institutional framework, poor infrastructure planning and project preparation and corruption.

The government must be committed to the hard work of curbing procurement fraud, corruption and illicit financial flow to boost infrastructure development. More so, effective implementation of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) schemes will unleash investment into infrastructure development.

Source: Emmanuel Amoah-Darkwah Ch. E | myjoyonline.com

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Mark Congratulates Atiku

Mark Congratulates Atiku
……..Urges Nigerians to support him

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has congratulated former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubabkar on his emergence as the Presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded primary election held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Senator Mark had maintained throughout his electioneering campaigns that all the presidential aspirants including Atiku Abubakar were eminently qualified to provide excellent leadership for the nation and that as a faithful and steadfast party man, he would support anyone of them who emerged the flag bearer of the PDP. He restated his commitment and pledged support for Atiku so as to bring victory to the party in 2019. “We must extricate the nation from the present socio-economic and political quagmire in which the APC led administration has forced Nigeria into, hence we must support Atiku in the presidential poll come 2019” he stated.

Senator Mark believes implicitly that “power comes from God alone and He gives it to whom He wills and when He wills”.

The former Senate boss also congratulated delegates to the National Convention for their comportment at the event in Port Harcourt saying “the PDP has demonstrated that it is indeed a party of patriots and true democrats”.

Senator Mark extended his deep appreciation to the government and people of Rivers State for their hospitality.

Signed:
Barr. Aba Ejembi,
Spokesperson, David Mark Presidential Campaign Organisation.

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Can Atiku unseat President Buhari in Nigeria’s 2019 elections?

After zigzagging the floor for over a decade, the nomadic former VP is a little closer to winning the Nigerian presidency than ever before.

In highly-anticipated primaries this weekend, Nigeria’s main opposition party picked Atiku Abubakar to be its presidential candidate. The former vice-president won a resounding victory to become the flag-bearer for the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) in the upcoming 2019 elections.

In what were considered to be the party’s most competitive primaries ever, the 71-year-old Abubakar (popularly referred to as Atiku) garnered 1,532 of the 3,274 votes from party delegates (around 47%). Sokoto governor Aminu Tambuwal came a distant second with 693 votes (21%). Senate president Bukola Saraka came third with 317 votes (10%).

In his acceptance speech, Atiku issued a rallying cry to the party. “We have a wonderful opportunity to return the PDP to power,” he declared. “We’ve enumerated the challenges faced by the country over and over. What we need to do is to proffer solutions. That is what will make us different from the clueless government.”

[Nigeria’s 2019 elections: The preparations, people and prospects]

A well-known figure

Atiku, a Muslim from the north-eastern state of Adamawa, has been ever-present on Nigeria’s political scene for over 25 years. He was a top official in the Nigerian Customs Service for two decades before leaving his job to run for office in the early 1990s. He first ran to be a governor in 1991 then contested unsuccessfully to be the presidential candidate for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1993.

In 1998, Nigeria’s military leader Sani Abacha died, leading to the restoration of multi-party democracy. In the momentous 1999 elections, Atiku was the vice-presidential nominee on a joint ticket with Olusegun Obasanjo. The two partners swept to power with 63% under the banner of the newly-formed broad-based PDP.

Obasanjo and Atiku led the country for the next eight years, which saw some important economic gains. Atiku has since claimed credit for liberalising the telecoms sector, which has gone onto flourish, and for privatising underproductive government assets in this time.

This era is also remembered, however, for deepening corruption. Although their time in office saw some high-profile figures prosecuted for graft, both Obasanjo and Atiku have themselves been accused of grand crimes.

Some of these accusations emerged after the two leader fell out in dramatic fashion in 2006, allegedly over Obasanjo’s plans to amend the constitution so he could run for a third term. This rift led Atiku to decamp from the PDP, setting off a long journey through parties and primaries that has continued to this day.

[There Atiku goes: Nigeria’s most ambitious nomad moves home again]

First, Atiku joined the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). He ran as their presidential candidate in 2007, coming a distant third behind the PDP’s Umaru Yar’Adua and the All Nigeria Peoples Party’s (ANPP) Muhammadu Buhari.

In 2011, Atiku re-joined the PDP. He challenged then President Goodluck Jonathan, who had taken office following Yar’Adua’s untimely death, but fell short in the primaries.

In 2013, he defected to the newly-created opposition APC. This time he lost the contest to represent the party to Buhari. He vowed to support his colleague nonetheless to end the PDP’s 16-year rule. The APC was successful, but Atiku was soon schemed out of Buhari’s inner circle.

He returned to the PDP for the third time in February 2018. This time, he was successful in his bid to lead the party into elections.

[Defections and deflections: Who now holds the balance of power in Nigeria?]

The only contender?

Atiku was a clear front-runner for the PDP’s presidential pick. More so than his competitors, the former VP is well-known in Nigeria, has vast experience in corridors of power, and has a large war chest.

“Atiku is the only one of the PDP contenders that could actually defeat Buhari so his win shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise,” says Sola Tayo, Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

In many ways, however, the hard work begins now. To begin with, Atiku will have to unify the party. Like the APC in 2015, today’s PDP is made up of a large and motley crew of ambitious individuals and returnees from other parties. These groups are united not so much in their shared vision for the country as in a desire to remove the APC from power.

In the aftermath of the primaries this weekend, the defeated contenders were keen to show their support for Atiku. “All the other aspirants, especially myself, are ready to walk and work with him to spread the positive message of the PDP,” vowed Senate President Saraki. In a show of solidarity, the defeated contestants stood behind Atiku during his acceptance speech. This bodes well for the presidential hopeful, but he will nonetheless have this work cut out balancing alliances and promises to keep enough of this diverse group happy.

Atiku will also have to develop a strong manifesto to appeal to voters. He will be helped in this by widespread frustrations at high levels of unemployment, unreliable power generation and the weak economic performance under Buhari. Atiku has criticised the president’s interventionist economic policies, which he says are “clearly anti-business and anti-foreign investment.” He has expressed support for greater regional autonomy and has called for increased spending on education.

An uphill battle

Atiku may be the best-placed individual to unseat the 75-year-old President Buhari in February 2019. With the backing of the PDP, he will provide a strong challenge. But he nonetheless faces an uphill battle. The former vice-president is very rich with multiple lucrative business interests, but is still likely to struggle against the advantages of incumbency.

It is also the case that his wealth comes accompanied by serious allegations of fraud. Atiku is one of the richest politicians in the country renowned with high-level corruption. A senate investigation in 2006 found Atiku guiltyof illegally taking funds belonging to the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF). The former vice-president has also been consistently linked with jailed US Congressman William Jefferson who was sentenced to 13 years in a US jail for bribing Nigerian officials in 2007.

The APC and other detractors – such as former President Obasanjo – will undoubtedly recycle these facts during the election campaign, especially in trying to contrast Atiku with the president. Although many have been  disappointed by Buhari’s promised “war on corruption”, he is still seen as relatively incorruptible among Nigeria’s politicians.

A big part of the 2019 elections may come down to straightforward electoral maths. Buhari is from the north-west. This geopolitical zone provided him with 46% of his entire 15 million vote count in 2015. Atiku, who is from the north-east, will have to eat into this significantly if he is to mount a realistic challenge.

The PDP nominee will also have to pick his running mate carefully. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is a Yoruba from the populous south-west. Atiku will have to bear this in mind when balancing his own ticket. He will have to create the right ethnic balance to counter Osinbajo’s popularity while also appealing to smaller voting blocs.

With four months to the elections, much remains uncertain. The ruling APC has a mixed record in office and has crumbled around the edges recently with several figures defecting to the PDP. Oby Ezekwesili, the former education minister and founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, has just announced her own bid for the presidency, answering widespread calls for a third option in the elections and potentially complicating the race. And recent state elections in Ekiti and Osun involved voter intimidation and irregularities that observers worrycould be repeated in the national elections, skewing the outcome.

[“It’s everywhere”: Vote-buying gets more brazen in Nigeria ahead of 2019]

For now though, Atiku’s victory in the PDP primaries confirms some of the battle lines that will shape the crucial 2019 vote. After zigzagging the floor and knocking on closed doors for over a decade, it seems that whatever happens, the nomadic former VP is a little closer to winning the Nigerian presidency than he has ever been.

BY LAGUN AKINLOYE/africanarguments.org

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Asamoah Gyan praises Kumasi fans for big turnout in Black Stars training

Captain Asamoah Gyan was happy to see many fans in attendance during the first training session of the Black Stars on Monday in Kumasi.

The returnee striker believes that number will boost the morale of the team in the build-up to the Sierra Leone match on Thursday.

The Kayserispor target man is confident the Black Stars can bounce back to winning ways after losing 1-0 at Kenya last month.

”Today is our first training you could see a lot of fans here and I think we are happy for this training session,” Gyan told the media at the Baba Yara Stadium.

”We just got back this afternoon so we just needed to do some shake up exercises but we didn’t do much but most of the guys are playing outside so it won’t affect our game.”

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Reinstate Isha Johansen or no Ghana match – FIFA tells Sierra Leone

World football governing body, FIFA, has warned Sierra Leone to fully resolve the current impasse between the country’s FA and government if they want the suspension lifted and be allowed to play their 2019 AFCON Qualifier against Ghana on October 11 in Kumasi.

Sierra Leone was suspended by FIFA on October 5 on the basis of government interference after the FA boss Isha Johansen and the FA Secrerary, Chris Kamara, were asked to step aside for the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate allegations of corruptions concerning the two people.

The country’s FA has been trying to sort the matter out and get the ban lifted by having meetings between the government in the last few days. In addition, the FA has also written to the FIFA/CAF Normalisation Committee in Ghana in relation to the match.

However, FIFA, in a letter to Sierra Leone on Tuesday, said that Johansen and Kamara needed to be put back in charge of the FA if the ban would be lifted. FIFA added that all written confirmation of the re-instatement of the two people should be done by the close of business on Tuesday.

“Dear President,

We refer to your Ietter dated 8 October 2018 in relation t0 the suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).

We take note that “a process aimed at resolving the current impasse has commenced” between representatives of the Government of Sierra Leone and SLFA stakeholders and that “all parties engaged in the process are appealing for Sierra Leone to be allowed to participate in the upcoming AFCON qualifiers between Ghana and Sierra Leone whilst the process is being pursued”.

In this context, we would Iike t0 remind you that in its decision dated 5 October 2018 to suspend the SLFA with immediate effect, the Bureau of the Council specified that the suspension will only be lifted once the SLFA and its recognised Ieadership (Ied by SLFA President, Ms Isha Johansen, and SLFA General Secretary, Mr Christopher Kamara) have confirmed to FiFA that the SLFA administration, premises, accounts and communication channels are under their control once again Consequently, as long as this condition has not been met, the suspension will remain in place.

Finally, please note that any proposal to Iift the suspension of the SLFA will have t0 be submitted t0 the Bureau of the Council for approval. This is a time-consuming administrative process. Therefore, and without prejudice to the timelines that apply for the Confederation of African Footbali (CAF), for the suspension to be Iifted in time for Sierra Leone’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana on

Thursday, 11 October 2018, any written confirmation that the abovementioned condition has been met shouid be submitted by no Iater than today, 9 October 2018 at 1800 (CET)/ 5pm Ghana time.”

Meanwhile, Ghana’s Black Stars players are in Kumasi preparing for the match should Sierra Leone meet FIFA’s requirements and get the ban lifted.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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‘Stress causing drug abuse among youth’ – Marfo Obeng

The Executive Director of Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital has attributed an increase in drug abuse among the youth on stress.

According to Kwadwo Marfo Obeng, the nature of today’s world of work makes high demands on parents and this, coupled with the urban practice of moving children from one school to the other, puts a strain on them.

He said because the demands of work limit family engagement between parents and their children, the children become vulnerable to drug abuse.

“Our current social structures are extremely unhealthy for children as parents and children do not communicate well,” he stressed.

Mr. Kwadwo Marfo stated that many families especially urban families are missing the interaction with their families and are unaware when their children are involved in drug abuse.

“Many people come to the hospital with addiction problem and parents are often surprised how long their children have been using drugs,” he added.

The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has indicated abuse of drugs such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis and alcohol have increased in the country.

Available statistics from the Accra and Pantang Psychiatric hospitals have shown that the number of youths within the age group 15 to ­20 years involved in the abuse of drugs kept increasing from 2003 to 2010.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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If you play dirty, you’ll get it in equal measure – Mahama fires at Bawumia

The Office of John Mahama has resolved to respond in equal measure to any attack by Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, on the person of the former President.

“Whilst reminding Dr Bawumia that any needless and unprovoked attack on former President Mahama on any day will not go unanswered, we wish to remind him that the Office of the Vice President is conducted with grace, decency and maturity, not reckless and unrestrained talk,” Mahama’s spokesperson, James Agyenim Boateng cautioned Tuesday.

The reaction followed comments the Vice President made Monday, about Mr. Mahama’s decision to lead the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), when he met Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives in Accra.

“I hear the incompetent one [Mahama] says he wants to come back, as if he didn’t do enough damage; well we’re waiting for him, we’re waiting for him, oh my God,” Dr. Bawumia said. He also described Mahama’s decision to contest the flagbearer race of the NDC to become President again, as an attempt by him to do more damage to the Ghanaian economy.

“But you have to remember what happened at the time we came into office after many years of incompetent economic management; you cannot describe it any other than incompetent economic management. After many years of such economic management, the people of Ghana gave us the privilege to change course but after just twenty months in office, the difference is clear,” the Vice President added.

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In a tone of annoyance, however, Mr. John Mahama’s office in a statement says they henceforth, play dirty with the Dr. Bawumia if he chooses to play dirty partially quoting the biblical verse in Luke 6:38 to suggest responding in “equal measure.”

“Let him also be reminded that respect for political office holders is earned and that if he chooses to play it dirty, he will get it back in equal measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.”

Read the statement below:

BAWUMIA HAS BROUGHT THE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTO DISREPUTE

The Office of the Vice President was brought into disrepute in a viral video in which Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, whilst pretending to perform official duties, descended to his lowest to call former President John Dramani Mahama names.

It is sad to note that after nearly halfway through the four-year term of the government of which Dr Bawumia is the Vice President, he still lacks the presence of mind to appreciate the distinction between his role as Vice President and that of his propagandist running mate days on campaign platforms.

Whilst reminding Dr Bawumia that any needless and unprovoked attack on former President Mahama on any day will not go unanswered, we wish to remind him that the Office of the Vice President is conducted with grace, decency and maturity, not reckless and unrestrained talk. Let him also be reminded that respect for political office holders is earned and that if he chooses to play it dirty, he will get it back in equal measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

We wish to draw Dr Bawumia’s attention to the fact that whilst he is busily majoring in minors and taking to cheap and unsophisticated politics, the manifesto promises of the New Patriotic Party for which Ghanaians voted for them have yet to be fulfilled.

The One District, One Factory is in limbo; there is no sign of One Village, One Dam; the One District, One warehouse promise has proven to be a sham; the one million dollars per constituency per year promise is in two years arrears for all 275 constituencies; the promise to make Accra the cleanest city in Africa has produced the most embarrassing spectacle of filth under Bawumia’s watch; the dollar and petroleum prices have spiraled out of control; teacher trainee allowances have not been paid; allowances for student nurses are in arrears; one hot meal, free egg and a bar of chocolate a day for public primary school pupils have turned out to be a hoax; and the NPP government remains clueless about how to fulfill many other promises that it made.

It is shocking that Vice President Bawumia who has become the butt of all jokes in the country for his inability to match his performance on the job and the management of the economy with his numerous propagandist lectures in opposition, has the temerity to call former President J John Dramani Mahama names.

Mr Mahama and his government have a solid record of investment in education, energy, roads, healthcare and aviation infrastructure, among others and we can understand both the frustration and desperation of Dr Bawumia and his NPP following the rousing reception which has greeted Mr Mahama’s campaign tours in the regions.

We also wish to assure the public that nothing from Mr Mahama’s political opponents will stop him from taking the NDC to victory in the 2020 elections so that Ghanaians can be saved from the high cost of living, job losses and general economic hardship under the NPP administration.

Finally, we wish to point out that Dr Bawumia’s continuous silence on the suspension of the headmaster of Tempane Senior High School for allegedly allowing an NDC National Organiser hopeful to interact with students exposes the Vice President not only to ridicule but also solidifies his unenviable record as an unprincipled politician. This is because no one has visited senior high schools to dabble in partisan politics more than Dr Bawumia.

| Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy |

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