Benjamin Kunbour, the minister of defence in the erstwhile John Mahama administration, has revealed that he foresaw defeat for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 elections.
In an interview on GHoneTV on Wednesday, Kunbuor said in the run-up to the elections, he sensed defeat for the NDC when he began drawing parallels between the economic atmosphere in 1999/2000 when the NDC lost power and the economic atmosphere of 2015/2016.
“It was possible you could see that defeat was coming because anyone who has been around from 1999/2000 could see a symmetry between the developments that were taking place particularly a year or a year and half in the run-up to the elections.
“I spent a bit of my quite time doing some analysis and I must say at that time, I was a bit frightened about the parallels and similarities of 1999 and 2000 which eventually led to our electoral defeat at that time. So there was cause for worry at that time,” he said.
He said, for instance, the Mahama administration should not have signed up to or an IMF bailout package because, according to him, the move fitted into the narrative of the then-opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that economy was in shambles.
Kunbuor said the austerity measures that accompanied the IMF package also provoked hardship in the country and worsened youth unemployment.
He said all the NPP did was to seize on the prevailing economic hardship at the time to convince the electorate that they were a better alternative.
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