General News of Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate of the NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, is convinced President Mahama’s silence on corruption allegations against his government is an acceptance of guilt.
During his ‘Changing Lives Tour’, President Mahama singled out Dr Bawumia and attacked him for criticising his administration as incompetent, saying Bawumia has not been close to being President and, therefore, lacks the locus to call his presidency incompetent.
President Mahama had said: “All of you guys have never ever come near the Presidency before. You know what it means to be President? And you stand and say ‘incompetent Mahama administration’, ‘Incompetent Mahama administration’. What do you know about competence?”
Reacting to the president’s comments, Dr. Bawumia appeared surprised the president didn’t express similar anger at the labelling of his government as corruption.
At a press conference Wednesday to amongst other things respond to the 2016 budget presented to Parliament by the Finance Minister, Dr. Bawumia reminded the president that corruption has been one of the things the NPP has consistently accused his government of.
The former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana noted that Mr. Mahama being upset about his administration being described as incompetent whilst ignoring the corruption means he has accepted that his government is corrupt.
“This is an acceptance that he [president Mahama] has lost the fight against corruption,” Bawumia taunted.
He indicated that the ranking of Ghana as the second most corrupt country in Africa by Transparency International in its latest report is a confirmation that corruption is out of hand.
“Mahama has created a toxic mixture of incompetence and corruption. This has resulted in an explosion of suffering across the country,” he stated.
The NPP running mate listed a litany of challenges facing the country as a result of what he said is poor governance under Mahama, and reiterated calls for the rejection of the NDC in the 2016 elections.