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General News of Saturday, 11 August 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Prez Mahama must make drastic changes in gov’t - Analysts

Political pundits have recommended to President John Dramani Mahama to make essential changes in his administration as a way of communicating his assertiveness on his team, to the electorate ahead of the December elections.

President Mahama has only four months to rule as head of state and leader of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), after he took over power from Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, who died on Tuesday 24th July, 2012 suddenly at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Though President Mahama is expected to be confirmed to lead the ruling party as flagbearer at a special congress not later than September 1st, 2012, analysts believe he must make drastic changes within his administration in order to better his chances of securing victory for the NDC.

Speaking Saturday 11th August, 2012, on weekly news analysis programme News File broadcast on JOY NEWS TV on Multi TV and JOY 99.7 FM, Editor-in-Chief for the New Crusading Guide newspaper Abdul Malik Kweku Baako suggested that President Mahama should move into the Flagstaff House.

Abdul Malik Kweku Baako said the President might not necessarily reside in the splendid edifice, but he could run government business from the Flagstaff House which was put up in 2007 as part of Ghana's 50th Independence Anniversary by erstwhile then President J.A Kufuor shortly before the NPP was voted out of power.

He (Kweku Baako) expressed surprise as to why for almost four years since the NDC, led by late President Mills assumed office, had refused to occupy the structure due to ‘security concerns’.

The late President instead preferred to operate from the Christianborg Castle in Osu, on the grounds that he needed clearance from his security advisors who had raised concerns over safety issues.

The senior journalist further proposed reshuffling some government officials especially Ministers. He singled out the case of deputy Attorney-General Ebo Barton Oduro, whom he described as “bad news” for government, in the manner in which he (Barton Oduro) handled the “Woyome” case.

He said the deputy A-G was reported to have indicated that the State had no case against Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the self-styled NDC financier.

Mr. Baako said Mr. Baton Oduro should have resigned over his (Barton Oduro) comments in his own interest and in the collect interest of the party and the government, “but he is still in office”.

“Even if not sacked, he should be reshuffled”, he said.

Kweku Baako’s suggestion that the President should move into the Flagstaff House was upheld by co-panelist Abdul Rashid Pelpuo, the Deputy Majority Leader of Parliament, who said the Castle which recapped the story of slavery, “must no longer be used as the seat of government”.

“The President should authorize the security capos to fix the security challenges for him to move in to the Flagstaff House”, the NDC MP for Wa Central underscored.

He noted “it will not be good for President Mahama to drive past the Geese Park, where his former boss had been buried, every day when he is going to work at the Castle”.

Alhaji Rashid Pelpuo however believes the character traits of President Mahama which he said are akin to that of his predecessor will make him the better candidate to win the December elections.