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General News of Saturday, 29 April 2017

Source: Peace FM

Mahama angry over free SHS; foreign agents pop up

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Former President John Dramani Mahama is seething with anger over media reports suggesting that he is working behind the scenes to scuttle President Akufo-Addo’s free Senior High School (SHS) education policy.

Mr. Mahama wondered how he could sabotage the free SHS policy expected to begin in September when he is not in control of the finances of the state.

“How is it possible, for a person who does not control government’s kitty to make it impossible for the government to implement its policy initiative?” A statement issued by his outfit queried.

Speculations are rife that the immediate-past president and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) were scheming with some officials of the Ghana Education Service, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and some faceless South Africans to make it impossible for the NPP’s popular Free Education policy to kick off.

But the statement from the office of Mr. Mahama described the rumours as “a government-sponsored attack…launched on HE John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana, based on a deliberately concocted lie that the former president is working to scuttle the government’s free secondary education policy.”

However, the identities of the South African nationals, allegedly brought into the country to sabotage the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s free education policy, have been exposed.

They are reportedly touring the Central and the Volta Regions, allegedly gathering key data which they would use to prevent the NPP administration from successfully introducing the social intervention programme.

These South Africans, who are said to be Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gurus, are moving round with sophisticated gadgets, which they use to gather information, according to credible reports.

It is believed that they have clandestinely visited other parts of the country to gather information already, using NDC agents in the national security set-up. Reports suggest that they have been in the country for some time now, under the sponsorship of the NDC.

Joyce Bawa Hot

The revelation of the identities of these foreign agents seemed to have discredited Joyce Bawa Mogtari, spokesperson for Mr. Mahama, who has vehemently debunked media reports about the presence of the South Africans.

She is also on record to have rubbished reports that ex-President Mahama is the one who has brought these foreign nationals into the country to sabotage free SHS programme.

Questions To NDC

With the former president’s denial, questions are being asked about the presence of the NDC foreign agents in the country and at whose instance and whether they have any links with the main opposition party.

“Why are they in Ghana collating data through contacts at the local level as they were spotted recently in the Central and the Volta Regions?” A concerned citizen queried.


He charged, “The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) also must help the country by publishing the status of these foreigners working for the NDC and the person who sponsored their travel into the country.

“Their presence poses a great threat to the country so they need to be checked.”

A section of the media earlier this week, had published a detailed story about how the NDC had sponsored some South Africans into the country ostensibly to sabotage the free education policy.

The report claimed that Mr. Mahama is hankering to lead the NDC to recapture political power in 2020 so he had brought the foreigners to help his agenda.

The report alleged that Mr. Mahama is aware that the free education policy would benefit every household in the country and so it would destroy the NDC’s chances of winning the 2020 polls.

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