Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, was beside himself with rage on Wednesday’s edition of the flagship “Kokrokoo” programme following a viral video of Ex-Prsident John Dramani Mahama asking Ghanaians not to trust the future of the country into the hands of Nana Akufo-Addo again, in this year’s general elections, since the latter will not live long enough to settle the debts he is piling up.
A livid Kwamen Duncan thus launch a barrage of verbal assault at the former President, asking him to come clean on the death of former President John Evans Atta Mills.
Mr. Mahama, the Presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress, addressing chiefs and elders of the Nadowli traditional council, a few days prior to the launch of the party’s 2020 Manifesto, urged Ghanaians to demand accountability from the government over how it expended those borrowed monies.
According to him, since assuming power in 2017, the Akufo-Addo government has added a whopping GHC137bn to the country’s debt stock with little to show for it.
“…if we follow the order of life, the path ahead of Akufo-Addo is shorter than all of you, young people. If you go to the market, you’ll see a small goatskin and an old goatskin. Young people can die; I agree, but if the natural order is to be maintained, somebody who is twenty years old is going to live the next fifty years”.
“At my age, I’m going to live shorter, Nana Akufo-Addo is going to live shorter because at his age, in the natural order of things, he has shorter time so that debt, he is not going to pay”, he stated.
But his comments incurred the displeasure of the Central Regional Minister.
In strongly condemning the comments as “insensitive” and indicative of someone who had a hand in the death of his former boss, the late Professor Mills, Kwamena Duncan, contributing to a panel discussion on PeaceFM’s Kokrokoo, posited that Mr Mahama’s death wish for the current president seemingly shows he has a sinister character and will go any length to see others lose their life to his (Mahama’s) advantage.
”You’re wishing death for a colleague human being because of power. So, what was his role in the death of his boss? You can stretch it because if, on the basis of going to the polls, you asking Ghanaians either to place their sovereign rule in your hands or the other, you’re asking that [look] this man has a shorter time to live and then vote for me; that means that you’re overly, inordinately ambitious.
You can stretch it further that, because of this inordinate ambition, he may have played a role in the death of his boss…Out of the abundance of the heart, the Bible tells us that the mouth speaketh”, he bellowed.
He stressed; ”If the man (Mahama) could show this extent of ambition that, indeed, he will tell the Ghanaian people that vote for me because I am younger and the natural order is that, as younger, I will live longer.
I can see how such a person as a Vice President would want to see his boss die…So, you see who this person seeking to come back after the mess, running this country aground, [you see] what is in his heart”.
To him, it is becoming the character of the former President and the NDC to wish death for Nana Addo.
In a passionate appeal to Ghanaians to reject Mr. Mahama for such “deathwish-like” comments, he alluded to some remarks by leading members of the NDC prior to the 2016 elections allegeing that then Candidate Nana Akufo-Addo had been diagnosed with cancer and would therefore pass away soon, just to sway the minds of the electorates.
‘‘If the man (Mahama) could show this extent of ambition that, indeed, he will tell the Ghanaian people that vote for me because I am younger and the natural order is that, as younger, I will live longer.
I can see how such a person as a Vice President would want to see his boss die…So, you see who this person seeking to come back after the mess, running this country aground, [you see] what is in his heart”, he said.
Kwamena Duncan however prayed for long life for the President.
”This is where Akufo-Addo is, as bouyant, as energized as ever before. When God blesses you, he has blessed you”, he stressed.