General News of Saturday, 2 February 2013

Source: The Herald

Bawumia looks for a new Job

Information coming from the Kanda campaign office of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) running mate in the last Presidential polls is suggesting that Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia is scouting for a new job befitting his status as a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Country Director to Zimbabwe.

The economist, is perhaps taking lessons from the adage that says “no Food for a lazy man”’ as a result he is busy forwarding his Curriculum Vitae (CV) and applications to the various International financial institutions for an employment The Herald has learnt.

Dr. Bawumia, according to family sources, has no hope in Nana Akufo-Addo’s battle with the Electoral Commission (EC) Lawyer Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Nana Akufo-Addo’s cousin and most trusted lieutenant last week described as purposely calculated to “deny the President (John Mahama) residence within his zone of political comfort”.

The father of three kids, who pays expensive school fees presently has no known means of livelihood, unlike his boss Nana Addo, who owns a law firm called Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co, with some deep pocket clients bringing him money regularly on retainer bases.

Dr. Bawumia, has lots of siblings and an aging mother to financially support. His house is always besieged by lots of people from his Walewale hometown everyday seeking one assistant or the other.

The NPP 2012 running mate, went globetrotting abroad in search of mouth-watering jobs immediately the NPP lost the 2008 Presidential polls leaving his wife Samira Bawumia at the mercy of a young man at Ghana Institute Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), to be comforted. He resigned a lucrative job as a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana on the advice of his Data Bank friends, especially Ken Ofori-Atta to be on the ticket of NPP as vice-presidential candidate.

Prior to getting the bank job, Dr. Bawumia was a lecturer in Economics at a Canadian University, for some years. He went back to his position as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana after his 2008, betting on the late President John Mills’ magnanimity, but was booted out by the government.

Sources at the his Kanda residence behind the Flag Staff House told The Herald that the economist is busy writing all manner of applications to all the international financial institutions hoping to be re-engaged as Ghanaians failed to make his dream of becoming the Fifth Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana in the last elections.

Dr. Bawumia’ Kanda residence belongs to his late father, Alhaji Bawumia, who was a die in the wool member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC ) and also served as Chairman of the Council of State under President Jerry John Rawlings.

His decision to look for a job at this time the party is fighting the presidential results of the last elections at the Supreme Court is a clear indication that Dr. Bawumia would soon be abandoning Nana Addo and the NPP National Chairman Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey to face the court proceedings alone.

Mr. Otchere-Darko, a member of Nana Addo’s legal team currently at the Supreme Court, alleging a rigged election made the shocking revelation in a message sent to Joy FM’s weekly news analysis programme News File, last Saturday, in which he also shockingly recognized the legitimacy of John Mahama as the truly elected President of Ghana.

He wrote; “Am listening to the voices against NPP boycott of parliamentary vetting and the difficulty is that they are arguing on logic. But the NPP action is not about what is logical but what is political. The fact that the boycott is news drums home the political point that the NPP wants to push that these are not really normal political times. The party is right to use all legitimate political means to deny the President residence within his zone of political comfort. That is the message people must understand. After all, we saw the kind of quality that was on display at the two vetting sittings! It’s all good. Gabby”.

The message which was sent through his phone to the radio station was read by the host of the programme of Samson Lardy Ayenini.

However, a founding member of NPP, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, who was a panelist on the programme, questioned the benefit of the political decision for the boycott of the parliamentary activities if it would not bring the NPP the needed vote to win power in the next elections in 2016.

Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby has been a strong advocate against the Supreme Court and the Parliamentary boycott describing them as some peoples’ “Self Promotional Gimmicks”.