Minister designate for information, Mustapha Hamid says he regrets being in a poisonous political environment that enables people to jab each other with hurtful comments such as the one he made about former president Mahama sometime back.
The minister-designate who proved his academic prowess during vetting said the comments he made about former President Dramani Mahama describing him as an “unrepentant ethnic bigot” was in rebuttal to the injurious comments made against his then candidate Akufo-Addo by their political opponents.
“Under the circumstances I thought that it was Okay. These things were said in rebuttal to the NDC tagging of my candidate at that time as an ethnic bigot,” he told the Appointments Committee Thursday.
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The premise to this unpalatable statement by Mr. Hamid is based on the accusations made by Ghana’s Ambassador to Namibia and Botswana, Harruna Attah, that Mr. Akufo-Addo was an ethnicist who told him that no non-Akan would ever be allowed to lead the party into an election.
But Hamid in a rebuttal said such comment only sought to put Mr Akufo-Addo at par with an “avowed ethnicist” like Mr Mahama.
Mustapha Hamid when he appeared before the Vetting committee Thursday took the opportunity to express his regret and disgust with the mud-slinging that have polluted the political space.
“Mr. Chairman I regret the polluted political environment that enables people from both sides of the political divide to throw such invective into the public space and poison the atmosphere. I regret that environment very much. If by your grace I’m Minister, Insha Allah, I shall work to rid our environment of such pollution,” he said.