Politics of Tuesday, 31 March 2015
A member of the Government's Communication Team, Sam George has described the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) as an "inept" party; incapable of managing its own affairs.
Speaking on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo", Sam George told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that it will somehow be suicidal for the country to be entrusted to the NPP because they have proven beyond all reasonable doubt that they lack the skills to manage the affairs of the nation.
Sam George, reacting to the brouhaha over the NPP's affirmative action to empower more female Members of Parliament (MPs) to contest the party's primaries without any opposition from their male counterparts, believed the new order will have some repercussions on the fortunes of the party.
He also criticized the NPP for the poor handling of the situation which has created a deep chasm within the party and led to several agitations from the grass roots.
To him, the internal conflicts arising as a result of the party's inability to communicate effectively to the masses about the intended action to be taken in favour of its women representatives clearly shows how tactless the NPP is.
“It is not about the communication. It is simply about the fact that the NPP is inept at managing any affairs, its own affairs. You’re completely inept at managing your affairs. They cannot manage their own internal affairs; how can we even entrust the entire nation into your hands?
“A simple matter as getting more women into Parliament you have bombed with it. If this were exams, you wouldn’t have gotten F but rather F+," he said.
Sam George further espoused that the affirmative action being propagated by the NPP, should encompass a “level-playing ground” adding that what the party is doing is an “insult to women and an insult to feminists that they’re incompetent and you need to create an even playing field…We need to call a spade a spade. The NPP has goofed big time. You’re trying to do damage control and knowing you very well, your damage control will result in an even bigger disaster.”
But in a sharp riposte, the NPP MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Hon Em,manuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko accused the NDC Communicator of lacking understanding of the word "affirmative action".
“What? What? What? What is affirmative action?...you don’t even understand it. You don’t even understand it,” he said.
The NPP MP pointed out that the ruling party lacks the moral right to indict the NPP of being "inept" in its desire to increase the representation of women within the party.
According to him, the NDC after failing to honour its promise of ensuring that at least 40% of President Mahama's appointees are women, turned around to say there were no women equally competent to be appointed to high positions because of the nature of political cultural barriers that have hindered the abilities of many capable women over the years.
“What promise did the NDC not give us? The most annoying of them all was when they even said there’s no place for women to acquire positions (in the NDC government)...Can you imagine? So, was that not complete deception?" he fumed.