General News of Friday, 9 November 2012
The Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr has described Vice President Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur as lacking ‘swag’.
In the local parlance, a person with ‘Swag’ is someone whose body language exudes confidence and walks with style.
Analysing the recently held Institute of Economic Affairs-organised Vice Presidential Debate on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on November 8, 2012, Mr Pratt said Mr Amisssah Arthur, perhaps goaded by his handlers, attempted to portray himself as a person with the necessary swag but failed.
‘I watched Amissah-Arthur. Anyone who watched him could tell that he had been told that “charley, if you go do some swagger.” But he overdid it, and it did not fit him so that at a point, he appeared confused. Anybody who watched could tell he appeared a little confused; he was not comfortable with himself and his show, and it didn’t help him in the debate.’
NPP running mate Mahamudu Bawumia also came in for criticism, with Mr Pratt accusing him of focusing more on attacking the NDC instead of articulating his party’s policies and programmes.
‘I’m sure Bawumia’s handlers also told him to go and attack, so when he was asked questions, he was just talking about what NDC has done wrong. He spent less than ten percent of his time talking about the NPP and its programmes, and how it is going to resolve problems.
‘So I think both of them, their handlers did not help them at all.’