- Vice President Bawumia has challenged the Minority to provide proof of his statements against the previous government for borrowing
- He has described the Minority's criticisms as 'desperate, intellectual dishonesty'
The office of the Vice President has responded to the criticisms by the Minority following government’s announcement to ‘borrow responsibly’ to aid in developmental projects.
Citi FM interviewed the Deputy Minority Leader, James Avedzi Klutse, who noted that Vice President Bawumia had in previous years lambasted the erstwhile NDC administration for constantly seeking financial help internationally.
According to Mr. Klutse, it has finally ‘dawned’ on Dr. Bawumia the reality of the need to seek aid from elsewhere.
“The Vice President now and while he was the running mate for the NPP was emphatic on the issue about borrowing in Ghana saying that the country need not borrow and that we have the resources here in Ghana...Today he is now the Vice President...he is now defining that to be they will be doing responsible borrowing,” Mr. Klutse had stated.
However in a statement signed by the Director of Communications at the office of the Vice President, Frank Agyei-Twum, the Deputy Minority Leader's comments are based on a ‘complete and utter’ fabrication’
They further challenged the deputy Minority leader to provide proof of the alleged statements made by the Vice President.
Below is the full statement:
The Office of the Vice President’s attention has been drawn to a statement (on Citi FM on August 16, 2017) attributed to the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon James Klutse Avedzi, accusing the Vice President of doing a U-turn on the issue of borrowing by government. Specifically the deputy minority leader is reported to have stated that:
“The Vice President... while he was the running mate for the NPP was emphatic on the issue about borrowing in Ghana saying that the country need not borrow and that we have the resources here in Ghana and that when they win power they will not borrow”.
The Office of the Vice President would like to state for the record that the above statement attributed to the Vice-President by the deputy minority leader (and subsequently by many NDC communicators) is a complete and utter fabrication. The Vice President’s speeches, lectures and statements on the economy over the years are a matter of public record.
We are therefore challenging the deputy minority leader (and the other NDC communicators) to immediately provide the evidence to back up their claim. They cannot provide any such evidence because the Vice-President has never made such a statement.
To deliberately fabricate statements in an attempt to attack your political opponent is an exercise in desperation and intellectual dishonesty. As politicians, it is important that we elevate the discourse and argue based on facts and not on fabrications and outright lies.
Our advice to them is to go back and take the time to READ the Vice President’s lectures as well as speeches and try to criticize based on the statements contained therein. Ghana deserves much better.
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