General News of Sat, 5 May 201860
John Mahama attacks 'super incompetent' Akufo-Addo 'family & friends' government
Ex-Ghana President John Mahama has launched a scathing attack on current ruler Nana Akufo-Addo, saying he is “super incompetent”, accusing the President of running the country together with his 'family and friends'.
According to him, the president has “loaded” his government with his relatives and tries to justify his every decision, although he criticised same when in opposition.
Speaking to supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the party’s Unity Walk in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Rgion on Saturday, 5 May 2018, Mr Mahama said: “One of the tags they put on us very successfully was that we were an incompetent government. I must say if you look at what this government has done so far in the one year three months, if that is what they call competence, I call it super incompetence, and, so, the government should be up and doing.
“They are changing all the rules of the game. When we were in government, they said: ‘The size of government was too high, you must reduce the size of government’. Then when they come into government and they appoint 110 ministers, 998 [presidential] staffers, then they say it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. Who determines quality?
“When they are out of government, even when you are not doing family and friends, they say it’s a family and friends government, then, when they come into government, they appoint all their relatives into government and when you talk they say it doesn’t matter, it’s whether they are qualified, but who doesn’t have relatives who are qualified? I have plenty relatives who are qualified, who could have served in my government but the fact that you are president does not mean you must load your government with your relatives.”