National Democratic?Congress?(NDC) Member of?Parliament (MP) for Asawase, Mohammed?Mubarak Muntaka, has confessed?that he was wrong?when he continually?slammed ex-President John?Agyekum Kufuor over the?latter?s travels during his?tenure as Ghana?s president.

wpid-National-Democratic-Congress-NDC3.jpgHe said he was fond of?lashing at President Kufuor?whenever he traveled outside?the country, noting?that because he was not?part of the government he?could not see the need and?importance of Mr. Kufuor?s?frequent travels.

According to the Majority?Chief Whip in Parliament,?he began to see the need for the president to?travel outside the country?when the NDC came to
power in 2009, saying that?he was wrong in criticizing?Mr. Kufuor.

He said on Angel Fm?that the country usually?accrued direct and significant
benefits from the travels?of the sitting president?whose trips are usually
mandatory and unavoidable.

President John Dramani?Mahama has come?under intense fire lately?from the public who have?accused him of rampantly?traveling outside the country.

Virtually defending the President?s frequent travels,?the Asawase MP disclosed?that President?Mahama doesn?t take?delight in frequently traveling?outside the country?and so the public should?not lambast him.

According to him, there?had been some instances?when President Mahama
complained bitterly about?his numerous travels,?adding that the president
preferred staying in the?country to travelling outside.

He disclosed that there?had been situations when?top government officials
had to compel the president?to embark on certain?foreign trips after he had
declared that he was not?going.

The Asawase MP noted?that President Mahama?usually accepts to make
such foreign trips ?after we?have thoroughly explained?the consequences of his?travel to Ghana.?

Muntaka maintained?that Ghana had accrued?huge benefits from President
Mahama?s visits, urging?those that are fond of?lambasting the president
over his travels to refrain?from doing so.

The legislator stated?that the president?s travels?had helped the country to
secure financial support?from the Brazilian government?for the construction?of the Kumasi Central Market?and other projects.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah?Jnr., Kumasi

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