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General News of Thursday, 3 May 2018

Source: adomonline.com

Galamsey fight: Stop being hostile – Kwakye Ofusu tells NPP

A former Deputy Communications Minister, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has described as unnecessary attacks on ex-president Mahama for criticizing government’s anti-galamsey fight.

Mr Ofosu is surprised members of the New Patriotic Party who remained avowed critics of the then Mahama-government could not withstand what he says is a fair assessment of their performance in government.

Speaking on Metro TV Thursday, Mr Ofosu said key NPP functionaries no longer have the ‘stomach’ to harbour objective and constructive criticism from their opponents.

“What the former President said was right and he need not be attacked. Attacks on Mahama were very bad. NPP has been very critical of the Mahama government and so attacking him personally on a national issue like galamsey was very bad.

“There was wisdom in what he said and he spoke well and therefore [his statement] doesn’t warrant attacks. They should stop being antagonistic,” he said.

He believes President Mahama’s comment stands tall and therefore instead of attacking him, they should provide evidence to protest it.

Mr Mahama at an NDC Unity Walk in Kumasi on Saturday, April 28, 2018, condemned the Akufo-Addo government for unleashing military and police on people suspected to be recalcitrant illegal miners.

Those comments have met wild condemnations from the NPP who has branded the former President ‘desperate’.

Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu who is hailed for leading the crusade against illegal mining has described the former president as a ‘con man’.

Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah has also accused him [Mahama] of leading a similar crusade which saw some excavators of regional chairman of the party, Bernard Antwi Boasiako set ablaze during his tenure.