- Kwabena Donkor has denied media reports that he resigned because he could not fulfill his promise of ending the load shedding
- He says the load shedding crisis made his blood pressure go up.
- Mr. Donkor received praise from President Mahama in his state of the nation address
Former Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor has denied media allegation that he resigned over his inability to fix the power crisis situation last year.
According to Dr Kwabena Donkor, who doubles as the member of Parliament for Pru East, he resigned as Power Minister purely on health grounds and not because he failed to end the country’s power crisis.
Reacting to his leaked resignation letter, dated on December 30, 2015 that his decision was borne out of the fact that he could not totally put an end to the load shedding issues as promised.
Readers are reminded that the content of the leaked letter read, “My team has thus practically brought an end to the load shedding that has disrupted the lives of the citizens of our country. But we need to complete a few details in the next few weeks to bring a final end to load shedding…This means that technically I have not met my promise to end load shedding by the end of 2015,”.
The leaked letter stated that it was against this backdrop that the MP resigned his ministerial portfolio, which he held for a year beginning from the creation of the Power Ministry in November 2014.
In an recent TV interview, the MP said that he resigned due to “ill health” and that the dumsor situation made his blood pressure rise to a hugher level. He noted that he developed major health issues at the latter end of his tenure. He added that his health condition could not allow him continue in his position
Dr. Donkor got a special mention for ending the load shedding during last week’s state of the nation address by President John Mahama. The president noted that it was teamwork and the cooperation of many people to achieve this success for ending “dumsor”.
Ghana’s electricity crisis caused President Mahama to create the Power Ministry in November 2014 with the view to resolve the three-year crisis that affected the country’s economic growth due to erratic power cuts.
Dr Donkor who was put at the helm of affairs, promised to resign should he fail to end it by January 1, 2016; a promise that was seen as uncharacteristic of Ghanaian politicians.
On December 30, 2015 he controversially announced an end to ‘dumsor’ in a statement, saying, “The Ministry of Power wishes to inform the public that its load shedding programme in respect of electricity supply has been brought to an end”.
The letter from the Ministry expressed gratitude to the entire citizenry and residents of Ghana for their forbearance and understanding during those difficult times.