Private legal practitioner, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has taken a dig at former President John Dramani Mahama, asking him to shut up for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration to fix the “reckless” economy inherited from his erstwhile administration.
According to him, the NPP administration has been kind to Mr Mahama on the havoc he caused to the country’s economy.
Mr. Otchere-Darko’s attack follows criticism from the former President, who took to Twitter to comment on unconfirmed reports that the NPP government intends to increase Valued Added Tax (VAT) in the upcoming Mid-year Budget review scheduled for this week.
Mr. Mahama twitted that the business community in the country would suffer greatly if the government increases the taxes.
“The Ghanaian business sector has never experienced such difficult times in the history of the 4th Republic. Akufo-Addo’s proposed new taxes would cripple businesses further and also defeat his much-touted mantra of from taxation to production,” the former President twitted.
But Otchere-Darko, who is the former Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, a political think-tank in Accra, took a swipe at the former president on his Facebook page, saying the NPP government would continue to find ways to keep faith with the people of Ghana just as they did in 2017.
“Certainly, the reckless way the NDC ran down the economy in 8yrs (lest we forget), called for creative and intelligent measures to satisfy three things: manage the debt crisis; keep the state machinery running and deliver on your own promises. The Akufo-Addo government found a way in 2017, and will continue to find ways that will keep faith with the people of Ghana. Be in no doubt. And please, can somebody out there tell John Mahama to shut up! It is not his fault though. The NPP has been kind to him on the havoc he caused to the economy,” Mr. Otchere-Darko posted.
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is expected to appear before Parliament this week to present the Mid-year Budget review.