General News of Thu, 31 Mar 2016112
Some of my friends think I am a fool – Kwesi Pratt
Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr., has revealed that some of his friends think he is a fool for refusing to enjoy what they term the ‘fruit of his labour’.
The veteran journalist speaking on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Thursday, said the friends tag him as such because he has on two occasions rejected appointments to serve in government.
According to him, President John Agyekum Kufuor while in power in 2001 invited him to serve in his administration; an invitation he said he turned down.
The invite he said was extended to him after he helped the New Patriotic Party (NPP) win power in the 2000 elections.
The cordial relationship that existed between the social commentator cum journalist and the former President Kufuor’s administration however took a nose dive while Kufuor was still in office.
He and his Committee for Joint Action (CJA) through various forms of demonstrations helped the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to defeat the NPP in the 2008 elections.
And to ‘crown’ his ‘hard work’, Pratt said, the late Professor John Evans Atta Mills asked him to start preparing himself for an ambassadorial appointment.
“He told me I am going to be appointed Ghana’s Ambassador to Cuba so I should start preparing to leave the shores of Ghana for Cuba…but I told him right there that I won’t go…,” he said.
This answer, Pratt said, did not only shock the late Mills but his close friends as well when they later learned of his response to such an honour.
“That particular evening, a friend of mine, a close friend, came to me and demanded that I should go and ask that Mills send him to Cuba instead if I am not going there,” he said.
According to the veteran journalist, the two occasions when he turned down offers to serve in various positions have led to some of his friends ‘seeing me as a fool who would just want to struggle and never eat from my sweat.’
He expressed surprise and disappointment at the rate at which some graduates fail to work after school and instead see politics as an ‘industry’ to make fortunes.
“There are certain people who upon completion of school, have never worked, all they do is to branch into politics with the hope of helping their party to win elections so they can lay their hands on government resources and begin to dissipate it…,” he said.
Such persons, he said, do everything within their power including killing and maiming to ensure their political parties win or retain power.