The Managing Editor of the Gye Nyame Concord newspaper, Alfred Ogbamey has said that Kofi Jumah’s utterances on Accra-based Adom FM last Thursday was a set up to use him as a scapegoat.
“I listened to Kofi Jumah, and to be frank, he was put into more problems because of the journalists report on the issue. But when I listen to the programme after the interview the voice was embellished and that fueled the issue. By then Kofi Jumah has been set up. On that particular occasion, I (Alfred Ogbamey) felt very bad because you could see clearly he is been set up to be tarnished,” he said.
Kofi Jumah over the weekend came under heavy criticism when he was reported to have said that medical doctors and teachers could not compare themselves with Members of Parliament because MPs are on a higher hierarchy compared to the two professions.
He was responding to hullabaloo about the payment of over Ghc200,000 as ex-gratia to former MPs like himself, at a time when teachers and doctors are agitating for the payment of salaries and allowances they have worked for.
Speaking on Peace FMs “Kokrokoo” morning show, Alfred Ogbamey noted that the former Kumasi mayor’s comment was taken out of contest due to his harsh way of talking.
“He (Kofi Jumah) wasn’t wrong but especially the way he talks, sometimes it is strange because he has been a lecturer in an America university before, but sometimes he talks harshly. He is highly educated but due to the way he talks, sometimes you will misquote him,” he said.
He however said “let’s be realistic, all jobs are not the same. Every occupation is very important but all occupations are not the same, if not doctors will not be added to essential services even