Foul-mouthed New Patriotic Party (NPP) ex-Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, has waded into an obvious mistake by Mayor of Accra, saying if indeed he re-named the hockey stadium after the late leader, because of his love for the game, then, he should name him after his favourite beer.
Ironically, The Herald’s information from Mr. Jumah’s residence at Atonso-Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, reveals that he is a lover of local gin “Apio” also known as “Akpeteshie”.
Mr. Jumah, an ex-taxi driver based in the United State of America (USA), also has an addiction to women. Details of his sexual escapades from Pokuase ACP Estates near Amasaman where he resides in Accra, is another story available to The Herald.
The former Kumasi Mayor, who is fond of spewing unprintable words against his political opponents, said he is aware the late President’s favourite beverage drink was the Accra Brewery’s Club Beer and so if he is being remembered and named after state assets and products, then it is only fair that the product is named after him.
‘’Prof [Mills] used to consume a lot of Club Beer when he was alive, so why don’t you name the product after him”, he quizzed.
The former MP also known as Kofi Ghana, who was given a boot from Parliament after he descended into the gutter by insulting his main contender in his party’s primary, said this when he granted an interview to Montie FM in Accra, last Thursday.
Obviously killing a fly with a sledge hammer, Kofi Ghana wondered where the National Democratic Congress (NDC) recruited the likes of Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpujie who are heading institutions of the state but speak “by heart like people who were reared”.
Mr. Jumah, whose party copiously stayed away from the one year anniversary commemoration, said such acts make many people lose respect for the late President. He himself has many times insulted President Mills when he was alive.
“Okoe Vanderpuije and some followers of Prof. Mills are making people lose respect and love for him. Why do they have to scrap somebody’s honour in favour of another person? This is not done anywhere. I don’t see any sense in this decision’’, he screamed.
Not knowing the stadium was in fact renovated by the late President Mills and the pitch named after the designer of the nation’s red gold green flag, Madam Theodosia Okoh, Kofi Ghana tasked government to build their own asset so that they name it after him.
‘’If they want to honour Prof. Mills, they should also construct something and name it after him or name his favourite drink (club beer), after him’’.
He says he finds it difficult to understand why the AMA and some government functionaries could take such a decision at such a time.
As usual nobody in government was spared in that short interview though he acknowledged that President Mills was a man of integrity.
Asked by the hostess that in Akan cultural setup, you speak no ill of the dead, Mr. Jumah strongly argued that it is never true, explaining that it is only when the person is not buried, but after he is buried, one is at liberty to say whatever he knows about the person.
Meanwhile, a day after the re-naming of the stadium by members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Madam Okoh registered her disgust about the development from one media house to the other, President John Mahama asked that Dr. Vanderpujie reverse it.
Madam Okoh 91, thanked the President saying but for her legs that were hurting, she would have gone to the seat of government to kiss the feet of Mr. Mahama for being so sensible.