Wa West MP Joseph Yieleh Chireh, has said he suspects sabotage against Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia by people within the fold of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 about the expired relief food saga in the Upper West Region, the ranking member of Parliament’s Health Committee said: “If the thing had gone well, the political outcome would have been good for the vice-president”, adding: “I believe people want to sabotage the vice-president in case there’s a room for him to become president”.
“This particular issue is so unfortunate”, the former Minister of Health said.
In his estimation, “It appears they want to put him in a very bad media light so that Ghanaians will always associate the negatives with the vice-president”.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Upper West Region was the first to raise the alarm about the expired food items that were distributed following devastating floods that displaced thousands of residents as a result of the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso coupled with heavy rains.
When Class News first broke the news of the expired food items, the Regional NADMO Coordinator Isaac Seidu, in an interview with Class91.3FM’s Valentina Ofori-Afriyie on the 505 news programme on Tuesday, 25 September, said the NDC was only fueling propaganda to court disaffection for the governing New Patriotic Party and Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who led the relief mission in Wa and Sissala East.
In a U-turn, however, NADMO, in a statement, took full responsibility for distributing the expired goods saying it was a mistake and assured the general public that no such incident will recur in the future.