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General News of Thursday, 7 November 2019

Source: Adomonline.com

‘Family and friends’ charge: We are all guilty – Koku Anyidoho

Former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has questioned his party’s decision to politize Presiden’s Akufo-Addo decision to appoint some 51 friends and family members into public office.

Mr Anyidoho in expressing his descent asked: “if strangers should be the ones to govern Ghana”.

Mr Anyidoho’s comments follow the release of a list of some 51 people by his party’s National Communications Bureau and labelled as friends and family members of President Akufo-Addo occupying top positions in the incumbent NPP government.

Speaking in an interview on Accra-based radio station, Kasapa FM, Mr Anyidoho urged rather urged his party to focus on good campaign messages ahead of the 2020 elections.

In his view, to be actively involved in discussing the politics of nepotism was counterproductive, adding that Ghana deserved better.

Mr Anyidoho spoke against the politicization of everything, noting that the appointment of friends and cronies wasn’t limited to Ghana.

“I keep telling people that what brought the NDC to power in 2008 is the “Better Ghana Agenda” message of which he was an integral part of,” Mr Anyidoho told Accra-based radio station, Kasapa FM, monitored by Adomonline.com.

To the NDC Stalwart who doubles as the founder of the Atta Mills Institute, the issue of nepotism under the fourth republic is a non-starter because both parties have fallen foul to nepotism in the past.

“If the two parties [NDC and NPP] keep going on the tangent to further extend the conversation on nepotism, then we may have to do a DNA test prior to making appointments.”