The general elections are fast approaching and President Mahama is already making efforts to win votes for a re-election. But after a term in office, the president may have a hard deal winning the support of Ghanaians following specific actions taken while in office that Ghanaians felt were troubling. Here is a list of such "troubling" decisions;
1. Sheltering of Guantanamo Bay ex-detainees
When government agreed to grant shelter to two ex-detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Ghanaians could not just but wonder what may have premised the actions of the president.
Raising fears of whether or not these men, who have links with terrorist organisations, could trigger a terrorist attack in Ghana. President Mahama tried allaying fears of Ghanaians stating that Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih al-Dhuby pose no terror threat to the safety of Ghana.
2. Taxes on condoms
Eventhough government later rescinded on its decision to tax condoms, Ghana's sexually active population still have a lot to remember with regards the scary development on Ghana's condom tax.
The move by Ghanaians which was seen as an indication that the president had lacked ideas on how best to manage the economy is bound to be a major campaign against him ahead of the elections in December.
3. Almighty load-shedding!
If for nothing at all, President Mahama should not have risked plunging Ghana into darkness during the massive load-shedding exercise. Yes, government may have some explanations over the power crisis but the question remains whether these explanations are good enough to win him an election.
4. Ghana's disgrace over Independence Day's typos
Just when the Mahama administration had the chance to rewrite history during the 59th Independence anniversary, the shocking gaffe in Ghana's independence brochure did not just raise concern over the "seriousness" of government, but also the extent to which Mahama's administration had disgraced Ghanaians in the face of the world.
An article authored by a Kenyan journalist, Evelyne Musambi reads: “Ghana made a farce of its Independence Day celebrations after government officials confused Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to be their own head of state in the official programme.Images of the brochure distributed to guests during the 59th Independence Day celebrations in the capital city, Accra, have gone viral and exposed the Ghanaian government to ridicule,” it added.
5. The Dead Goat Syndrome
The administration of Mahama has been filled with massive protests, strikes, water shortages, hikes in petrol prices...you just name them. Well, government found a nice excuse to give - that Ghana is currently under an IMF program. As if that was not enough, President Mahama in response to the cry of Ghanaians made a statement that will forever stay in the annals of Ghana's politics. That he has a " dead goat syndrome". Well, he may need to quickly come up with a refreshing term ahead of the elections as his comments is bound to cost him a vote in the 2016 elections.
As if that was not enough, President Mahama in response to the cry of Ghanaians made a statement that will forever stay in the annals of Ghana's politics. That he has a " dead goat syndrome". Well, he may need to quickly come up with a refreshing term ahead of the elections as his comments is bound to cost him a vote in the 2016 elections.