General News of Wednesday, 13 June 2018
A Lawyer and Accounting Professor Stephen Kwaku Asare is unhappy with the chief of staff’s decision to suspend a presidential staffer over a Facebook comment, describing the development as “a sad spectacle.”
Dr Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor is serving a 30-day suspension following controversial comments about foot soldiers. In a response to a post about not dealing with foot soldiers, Serwaa Donkor wrote “You shouldn’t”, and encouraged her friend who posted it that: “You can’t reason with them”.
“It’s like tribalist”, she added.
Following a public uproar over her assertion, she rendered an apology, but the presidency has reprimanded her.
Reacting to the development at the presidency, Prof. Asare said the actions of the chief of staff “would not have happened ever under the military days and that I could never have contemplated could happen under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.”
He added in a Facebook post: “It takes a lot to break my spirit but this abuse of power to humiliate a staffer to satisfy unknown footsoldiers has broken me.”
The chief of Staff Frema Osei Opare has ordered the suspended staff to“render in writing an unconditional apology and commit to good behaviour”.
Earlier, an influential figure in the NPP Gabby Otchere-Darko had written of her comment: “I hold no brief for a young woman who owes her appointment to an election victory won largely by those who in various ways did the legwork and/or heavy lifting to make it happen and yet decided to diss them.
“She showed gross political immaturity (in fact, stupidity) by denigrating party foot soldiers the way she did – totally unprovoked by them. She has apologised. I suspect this week has been one of her worst, if not the worst, in her entire young life. I hope so! Hey guys! Move on! Surely, you can’t care much about a lady who chose to merely gargle from the fountain of political wisdom to hate her that much.
She cannot be worth your precious emotions until she learns how to drink from that fountain. Move on! Show you have better things to focus on. If you do go to Church today and perchance ask for forgiveness, I hope you expect the Almighty to be merciful. How much more you! Show strength, people!”.