Aspects of Kwesi Botchway report disappointing – Yamoah Ponkoh

A former Ejisu-Juaben District Chief Executive Officer (DCE), Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh has expressed disappointment in some aspects of the released Kwesi Botchway report on the reasons behind the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The 13-member committee set up by the NDC to probe its defeat in the 2016 election presented its findings to the National Executive Council (NEC) yesterday.

As part of its recommendations, the committee has asked the party to take a holistic look at the party’s biometric electoral register.

The 55-paged report, titled, ‘listening to the grassroot’, said the NDC must take urgent steps to restore the integrity of the register.

Commenting on the dictates of the report, Yamoah Ponkoh said he was shocked at some of the reasons given as accounting for the defeat of the NDC.

According to him, the report should have captured the role of certain persons entrusted with various positions in the campaign team and how they failed the party.

“I didn’t understand some sections of the report, it didn’t communicate what I wanted to hear…,” he lamented.

Yamoah Ponkoh speaking on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Tuesday said the report should have implicated persons who were given specific roles to play in the 2016 campaign team of the party.

“People were given a whole lot of responsibilities so they had to have been told to account for the specific assignments of helping Mahama…the fact is that the people given specific assignments failed to perform and the report should have indicted those who were given specific assignments but failed to perform…,” he said further.

The Kwesi Botchway committee, he added, should have named and shamed the persons who failed to execute their individual assigned roles so they could be prevented from further holding same positions in the future.

“The party set up campaign teams before the elections, is the report saying one or two persons failed to perform and that their failure contributed to the defeat of the party…these persons should be named and shamed and that is what the report fails to do…people who are given special duties but failed to perform must be named and shamed and the report is silent on it and that is my worry…,” he added.

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