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General News of Sunday, 25 September 2016


Don’t kick against the rock with your bare feet – Pratt tells Mahama’s critics

Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr says critics of the Mahama-led administration who denigrate the achievements of the government are “kicking against the rock with their bare feet”.

According to him, opponents of the 2016 Presidential candidate who criticize Mahama on that score - tends to destroy their own credibility as the average Ghanaian cannot be taken for granted per their judgment on the real development ongoing in the economy now.

Speaking on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji programme Saturday, Mr. Pratt said “…those who argue that nothing has happened are like those who are kicking against the rock with their bare feet and in the final analysis it is not the rock that gets destroyed, but their own feet which gets destroyed”

The largest opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) has said that Mahama is playing his trump card wrongly to bid for a re-election in the December polls, as Ghana’s frail economy and the development gaps are the only results of his stewardship for the past four years.

“Are people better off as you promised? Are businesses doing well? Have you improved the quality of delivery of public services? Have you strengthened the institutions of state and deepened democratic governance? Have you improved the management of the economy and public finances? Have you tackled corruption and waste in public expenditure? the NPP questioned at a recent Press conference held in the capital- Accra.

According to the NPP, these were the benchmarks by which Ghanaians would measure President Mahama’s performance and the NDC government at large and not what it described as the phantom achievements outlined in the Green book and its promises in the 2016 manifesto.

However, in the view of Mr Pratt, the propaganda set to discredit Mahama’s government and the successes it has chalked in terms of development in the last four years will not stand.

“I think that we have to be honest in our politics to acknowledge when things have happened and to criticize when we think that things are wrong.

“…People who travel through Adome to Ho know that that bridge has been rehabilitated. People who use the Tamale Airport know what it is now. People who use the Kumasi Airport know what is now. People in Ho see the new Airport which is being constructed. People in Wa see the new regional hospital and so to argue that nothing is being done is simply to destroy your own credibility.”