The Upper West regional communications director for the NPP, Mr. Bukari Ali has slammed comments iterated by Member of Parliament for Ketu South and former Propaganda Secretary for the NDC, Fiifi Kwettey.
Hon. Fiifi Kwettey in his comment admonished the current administration to deliver on its promises to the people and stop blaming the erstwhile John Mahama government, which Fiifi Kwettey was a part of, for the current state of affairs.
“It is only an irresponsible, incompetent, lazy group of people who will blame their predecessors. We would have been in the high heavens if we in the NDC inherited these legacies,” he noted on Wednesday at the NDC’s forum on the 2020 budget presented by the Finance minister last week.
Mr. Bukari Ali, in responding to Hon. Fiifi Kwettey’s comments exclusively to Nsemwoha News reminded him that comparison, which has been mistaken for equalization didn’t begin with this government.
“We were in this country, when the late Mills kept telling Ghanaians how the economy was “in shambles” at the time he took over office and sought to blame the inadequacies of his regime on the JAK and his administration.
Former president Mahama didn’t spare the JAK administration either. He variously blamed his mal-administration on the erstwhile government” he wrote.
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“Someone should let this get to Fiifi Kwetey who believes that it is an “irresponsibility and a sign of incompetence” for a government to blame the opposition for any economic challenges the country is facing. The link below cited a citifm source, where the honourable Ekow Spio Gabbra specifically blamed the JAK administration for the challenges the NDC governmnent was facing at the time that the NPP was in opposition. Fiifi Kwetey should tell us what that was.
We were in this country, when the late Mills kept telling Ghanaians how the economy was “in shambles” at the time he took over office and sought to blame the inadequacies of his regime on the JAK and his administration.
Former president Mahama didn’t spare the JAK administration either. He variously blamed his mal-administration on the erstwhile government.
Apart from the late Mills and JM, governmnent ministers and communicators variously blamed the eratic power supply, Dumsor, as it came to be known, on the JAK’s inability to add a single megawatt to the national grid, even though that was a palpable lie. In fact, they strenously tried to hide JAK’s name in our oil find and the Bui power project and what that meant for our republic.
Governments are constituted by political parties in Ghana. These political parties go to the population to sell their policies through manifestos. The Ghanaian people since 1992 have exercised their franchise along those lines. In the course of the sale of manifestos, politcal parties present their policies and point out the defects in the policies of their opponents.
I dare say, that, the two major polical parties have never got as adversarial as they were in 2008, 2012 and 2016 since the return of the nation to proper constitutional rule in 1993.
We all saw for instance how the NDC fought the free senior high school policy in the years mentioned in preceding paragraph.
In 2008, the claim was that, it was a “lofty and wild policy” and that Nana Addo was a desperate soul. In 2012 when they realised it was garthering some attention, they launched a well spirited fight against it, especially in the media space. Delibrate adverts were crafted and flooded on the Television and radio stations just so Ghanaians will see the NPP as a party that lacked sincerity. The reality became absolutely palpable to them in 2016 and JM announced to the people of Ghana in the august house of parliament, in one of the state of the nation addresses, that his government was going to implement what he called a “progessively free senior high school education”. It was not surpsing to many, as there was a spontaneous jeer on both sides of the house.
The NPP also critqued the NDC claim, that they had done “unprecedented” infrustracture in the history of Ghana. Depending on who was speaking, JM was either superior or comparable to Nkrumah. The NPP argued forcifully, that the NDC’s green book was not as green as they wanted Ghanaians to believe. The claim was that, a lot of the pictures were artist impression. Has the NPP not been vindicated? We see and hear a lot of people call on government, we see how people issue threats on daily basis, others give government ultimatums over immotorable roads for instance.
Perhaps, the most nagging question in our repbublic today is: where are the roads JM constructed?. In fact, Hon. Ablakwa brayed so loudly, about how “critical roads” in the Volta Region were left out in the 2020 budget statement presented to parliamnent on behalf of the president of the republic of Ghana, His excellency Nana Ado Dankwa Akuffo-Ado. Did that expose JM’s “green book”?. Remember that any time you put it to an NDC opperative about their social intervention policy, the only available answer to all of them, including JM is, “massive infrustrature”. The few that they can point to today, were either having issues with suspicious pricing regime, had no source of funding or both. In fact, a number of them were campaign projects.
In all of the aforesaid, people who claim to be political neutrals, abhor what they will like to call equalisation. Sorry, but what they call equalisation should properly be be seen as comparison. It is common knowlege that the two major polical parties that have since 1993 ruled this country will continue to change the political baton for a long time to come. I think sincerely, that, the attempt to gag government and party communicators and in a number cases, the president himself from comparing the record of the current administration to the erstwhile government is weird. I agree largely with the statement: “those who ignore history condenm themselves to not knowing the present” as a history student. Why does anyone think that the history of Ghana is the exclusive right of members of the NDC alone? Every topic that is tabled for discusssion, JM will be mentioned and the viewers/or listeners are told how JM did or would have done it. But if an NPP communicator tries to point out an inadequacy in JM’s regime even on the same issue, all hell must break loose. I think that is completely unanacceptable.
In conclusion, both political parties did comparisons before, are doing comparison now and will continue to compare records going forward. So let Hon Fiifi kwetey and his think alikes take it easy on the government, for no one is doing anything different from what he did from 2009 to 2016.” – Bukari Ali