Mahama is an archbishop of ‘Kwatrekwa’ promises— Bawumia
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has described the flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Dramani Mahama as the “new Archbishop of empty promises.”
According to him, former president Mahama was inconsistent with his promises but kept promising lots of things at the same time which he said made the NDC flagbearer untrustworthy.
Speaking in an interview on Asempa FM in Accra on Thursday, Vice President Bawumia questioned the credibility of former President Mahama’s promises and called on Ghanaians to track “Mahama’s broken promises” when he was President four years ago.
“He lacks credibility because he failed as a President and he was voted out. He is also inconsistent! He says one thing today, and changes his position tomorrow,” he added.
Dr Bawumia said former President Mahama’s promising spree should not be trusted and encouraged.
“Mahama has said he was not going to promise again but today, he keeps promising, and he is the Archbishop of promises. That is why I am saying that the manifesto promises by the NDC is an empty one,” he claimed.
Touching on some of the deeds of former president Mahama that made his promises empty, Dr Bawumia recounted that Mr Mahama cancelled teacher trainee allowance and said he would not restore it even if it would cost him the elections, adding that “later he said he did not cancel.”
He further indicated thar the NDC flagbearer introduced teacher licensure exams and currently promising teachers he would cancel once they revote him into power.
“Mahama introduced the law to ban okada, now he says he will legalise it. He cancelled Arabic instructors allowance and now he says he will pay Arabic instructors.”
“He said Free SHS was 419 and that Free SHS would collapse our educational system. Now he says he will expand Free SHS to private schools. How can you expand something you said was 419?”
Dr Bawumia queried.
He maintained that the former President has a proven track record of broken promises and non performance, thus his new promises should be treated as empty.
“They have been in power for eight years, but they were unable to pay simple GHS70 million teacher trainee allowances. But now, they are promising US$10 billion Big Push. They don’t have the credibility.”
“Where is the credibility? Where is the consistency? Mahama is not a new person. That is why I say he has no credibility and that their manifesto is not credible,” Dr Bawumia added.
He insisted that the “people’s manifesto had nothing that could woo the electorates and described it as “Kwatrekwa” which literally means empty.
“It is a kwatrekwa manifesto. If a naked person promises to cloth you, just look at the person,” Dr Bawumia added.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE