As President Mahama laces his boots to face the NCCE debate tonight, a dark cloud of accusations and allegations hover around his administration ahead of the December polls.
From the controversial bus branding saga to the recent Bugri Naabu bribe allegations, Mahama is most likely going to dominate tonight's debate with some pressing issues. Here are 7 of such matters:
1. Bugri Naaba's bribery allegations against the Mahama brothers
President Mahama has not made any official comments on the allegations levelled against him and his brother - Ibrahim Mahama. We expect President Mahama to use the debates as a platform to refute these accusations.
Even though Ghana's power crisis seems to have stabilized this year, political opponents are leaving no chance against Mahama as they keep taunting him as the "King of Dumsor". The matter of dumsor may see the president re-instate his commitment to making Ghana the next power house in West Africa.
3. Judgement debts
There's no doubt that the image of President Mahama's administration has been somewhat weakened by the politics of judgement debts. The latest being that of the embattled businessman, Alfred Woyome. Former president, Jerry Rawlings, has expressed utter disgust at the judgement debt saga predicting that the NDC could enter into opposition if care is not taken. Let's see what Mahama has to say about judgement debts in the debates.
4. Bribery and Corruption
President Mahama can never talk about judgement debts without talking about how best his government has fought corruption. Although his political contenders may dare him to his words, Mahama may use his communication skills to convince Ghanaians on why his government has fought corruption better than any other government.
5. Security ahead of elections
Ghana caught the world's attention after reports of NPP and NDC supporters clashing at the residence of Nana Addo rocked the headlines. With barely a week to the general elections, tensions across the country remains on the high - a development causing the US to even warn its citizens of a possible post-election conflict. It will be no surprise to see Mahama address this issue.
6. Accepting election results
Moderators of the NCCE debate will in no doubt ask the hardest question of the night; " Will you accept the results and concede defeat if you lose the elections?" This will see Mahama reassure Ghanaians of his confidence in the elections and also call for peace during, before and after the elections.
7. SADA Scandal
In 2014, Manasseh Azure Awuni‘s investigation revealed that the Ghana’s Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) had misappropriated millions of dollars allocated to it. The investigations showed that SADA paid GH?32,498,000 to ACICL to plant five million trees in the savannah zone, but could only account for about 700,000 trees. Mahama will definitely raise this issue during the debate. If he doesn't, his political opponents may force him to.
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