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NPP Tells Mahama: Cure Your Incompetence

The New Patriotic Party’s Truth Forum has called on President John Mahama to work to cure his incompetence rather than engaging in vote buying.

The Forum also indicated that “the high levels of corruption” in the Mahama government must be addressed “to save the country from final collapse”.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday September 27, a member of group, Yaw Buaben Asamoah, said the “alarming waste of the county’s resources” through the sharing of vehicles, houses, motorbikes, outboard motors, head pans, gas cylinders, tablets, mobile telephones, and raw cash was worrying.

According to him, “the infamous picture of His Excellency President Mahama stuffing cash in the pocket of a chief on a street in the full glare of the public shows the depths to which the Presidency has, in desperation, sunk in pursuit of a phantom political desire. The real question, Mr President, is whether you are going to pay all of us to vote for you,” Mr Buaben asked.

He explained that many Ghanaians were either jobless, dropping out of school, lacking healthcare, unable to pay rent and electricity bills, and would rather walk than pay for transportation.

“This sorry plight is due primarily to the misalignment of resources away from essential services and priorities to high rent-seeking projects,” he stated.

The Truth Forum lamented about the poor use of public finances and expressed worry that government’s expenditure will get out of gear by the time the 2016 elections are over.

“Overspending in excess of GHS8.7 billion by the end of the year included but was not limited to unexplained expenditures of about GHS350 million from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, GHS650 million by the Office of the President or Office of Government Machinery and GHS60 million for the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, about GHS300 million at NADMO as well as GHS112 million on capacity building not to talk about some $100 million dollars improperly squandered at GYEEDA,” Mr Buabeng said.

According to the Forum, even though the government appears to have perfected the art of electoral gift-giving, the people have also wisely learnt their lessons from 2012. “They have learnt that the vote-buying cannot crowd out incompetent economic management, provide jobs for the jobless, reduce electricity bills, reduce excessive taxes, restore teacher and nurse trainee allowances, pay school fees, or ensure a functional NHIS,” it said.

Source: radioxyzonline.com

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