General News of Monday, 14 May 2018
Former President John Dramani Mahama has chided President Akufo-Addo for running an “auto-pilot” government, thus making it seem like there is no one in charge of the country.
“It’s like every minister in this government has his own kingdom, and it’s like the government is on autopilot; there doesn’t seem to be somebody in charge, and, so, any minister gets up and says anything,” he said.
John Mahama, who was addressing some former Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives who served under him in Accra over the weekend said the government was fond of deferring dates for the implementation and actualization of its policy programmes.
“Or One District-One Factory is ready to start. Fifty-seven factories by end of 2017. Then somebody comes and says: ‘Oh, we’re getting the money from here but the rate was not acceptable, so, we are going to look for money from somewhere,” he said.
“One Million Dollars Per Constituency; and what I find strange is they don’t add the per year. It was not one million per constituency, it was one million dollars per constituency per year, that’s 275 million dollars a year. Now even the first one million dollars per constituency is nowhere to be found. Ashanti Regional Minister says it’s been disbursed, somebody, too, says it’s coming” Mahama added.
He said the level of confusion in the government is a testimony that Akufo Addo is failing, adding that government is finding it difficult to implement its overly ambitious campaign promises.
This is not the first time the former president has unleashed a verbal attack on President Akufo-Addo and his government.
In April 2018, John Mahama described the Akufo-Addo government as super-incompetent over its inability to resolve the country’s challenges.
“You do not win an election on the weakness of your opponent. You win an election because the electorate have confidence in you. And so even though NPP is proving super incompetent, we cannot sit and relax and say because they are super incompetent we are going to win the next election so we are going to work hard to win,” John Mahama said while addressing members of the NDC in Wa in the Upper West region.