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General News of Thursday, 20 December 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Samia does not have the quality to be Minister – Sekou

The brother of CPP Chairperson Samia Yaba Nkrumah has thrown a huge spanner in any aspirations she might have harbored for high office in the Mahama administration, by declaring her unqualified to be a Minister or public official.

According to Sekou Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah, among the former Jomoro MP’s failings is a lack of understanding of Ghana’s political terrain, a lack of political experience and necessary exposure, all key to a successful career in politics.

Asked on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem morning show on Thursday December 20, 2012 whether he thought Samia Nkrumah had the necessary qualities to be given a ministerial appointment in the Mahama government, Sekou Nkrumah was emphatic: “No I don’t.”

“I think politically she just came not too long ago in the picture. I’m not too sure about her political experience…I’m not too sure what sector she could fit in…She has not lived long enough in Ghana. I’m not too sure of her background areas of specialty. For me she would be somebody who does not have the required experience.

“But that is my personal opinion.”

Ms. Nkrumah had earlier told the Daily Guide newspaper she would not accept any such offer from the NDC because the party had schemed to take away her seat.

Dr. Nkrumah said he had heard arguments made that President Mahama needed to appoint people from other political parties in order to form a nationally inclusive government, but dismissed such talks, describing them as unnecessary. In his opinion, any qualified and competent Ghanaian can and should be appointed irrespective of their political affiliation.

The qualities to look out for, he opines, is “experience, competence and necessary exposure. What Ghana needs is competent men and women to run the affairs of this country.”

In the wide-ranging interview, Sekou Nkrumah said he was not surprised that Samia Nkrumah lost the Jomoro seat, because the CPP had internal problems going into the elections, especially after the party’s 2008 flagbearer, Papa Kwesi Nduom broke away and formed his own party.

“Some of us saw it coming,” he stated adding, the CPP had only one seat and instead of concentrating efforts on retaining it, they over reached.

“I think it’s time the leadership either folded up the party or merged with the NDC because they are closer ideologically than with the NPP.

Another alternative would be to merge with the other smaller Nkrumaist parties” to make a better showing in subsequent elections.

Parties with an Nkrumaist bent won only one of the 275 seats on offer in the December 7 parliamentary elections.