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General News of Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Incompetent tag was 'fact' not personal attack on Mahama – Samira

The wife of Vice President, Samira Bawumia has said her critique of former President John Dramani Mahama in the lead up to the 2016 election was not an attack on his person.

Mrs Bawumia and her husband had on several occasions criticised Mr Mahama on the campaign trail, describing him as incompetent.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, however, Mrs Bawumia clarified that her description of Mr Mahama as incompetent was fact.

“I was not mean. It was not a mean-spirited attitude. It was not a personal attack. I was really passionate about the things I spoke about. You know me personally a bit and I am calmer than people think because they see me on the platform. It was fact.It was not a personal attack on him. I believe he could have done more as a President. The opportunity the NDC had when they came into office in 2009 and the country they inherited had so much potential so it was not an attack on his person. A lot of people like him.

“Even on the NPP side people like him as a person and I do not think there are people who will say he is not a nice guy but that is different from how are your policies affecting people and how are you impacting people with the decisions you make. Your actions should suggest that you really care about the people,” she told host of the show, Bernard Avle.

She further indicated that it was premature to take the governing NPP on when it had only been in power for a year and a half.

“It is obvious that policies will take a while and if you look at the policies, the NPP programmes in the last year and a half, it tells you where we are thinking. It tells you the direction. Mind you, NDC was in power for eight years, and we have only been in power for a year and a half.

“The overriding thing is what are these policies and look at all these programmes. The investment will bear fruit. I am convinced that with time all of this will come together. It will bear fruit. It is only a year and a half.”