Politics of Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has broken his silence since the NDC’s defeat a year ago, claiming that Ghanaians are disappointed with the New Patriotic Party’s handling of the country.
“I think that quite a number of people are disappointed as to where this country is being taken,” he said while speaking to a section of the media in Ho in the Volta Region last Monday.
The former Vice president made the remark after he together with his wife, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, made some donations to Children on admission at the Ho Regional and Municipal hospitals.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur, who was Vice President and then running to John Dramani Mahama on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress [NDC], were defeated in the December 2016 general elections.
He has since then been quite on the political events after he was on many occasions jabbed by then running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia with some 170 questions on the economy during Mahama’s presidency.
Ranking the NPP government’s one year in office, Amissah-Arthur said “The [NPP] government could have done better, that is what we are hoping for in the coming years.”
He said the NDC party is currently analyzing why it lost to the NPP government, while strategizing for a massive comeback.
He said they are “analyzing what we could have done better looking at the national situation and deciding how we can move this nation forward. So that is what we are spending our time doing. Critically looking at policies, programmes that will move this country from where it is. I think that quite a number of people are disappointed as to where this country is being taken, and we are looking for an alternative that will provide better results. So that is what we are spending our time doing,” he added.
Free SHS implementation ‘very poor’ – Amissah-Arthur
The former Vice President also took a swipe at the Akufo-Addo government over what he described as the haphazard nature in which the free Senior High School policy was implemented.
According to him, the policy was not well thought through and was rushed by the NPP government for political expediency.
“The way it’s being done, it’s a little haphazard in my view, and it doesn’t help because every parents want to provide the best education for their wards. So they should be less haphazard in a way,” he said.