Kwesi Biney
Kwesi Biney

Dear Kwesi Biney

Kwesi Biney
Kwesi Biney

I must apologize for the delay in replying your letter. I believe you followed the happenings in the country over the weekend where I had to attend the end of year thanksgiving of Aglow International Ghana at the Independence square and quickly jet to the Baba Yara Sports Stadium for my party?s 8th National Delegates Congress.

The vicissitudes of being President of a country like Ghana demands that I do all manner of things, including spending time to read letters such as yours and respond to them as time would allow me. I thank you for your patience.

I deliberately ignore inquiring of your health because you?ve already made me understand in your letter, which is captured on page 19 of today? edition of The aL-hAJJ, that you are ?physically, financially, economically, spiritually and politically depressed?.

Honestly, I was not surprised about your condition under my government. What you said has been the most sang chorus of members of your party even on the day my government was sworn into office on January 7, 2009.

I can understand your frustrations and I empathize with you. Ideally, you would wished to be still occupying your cozy and well ventilated office at the Ahanta West District Assembly or probably serving in an elevated position, but no, the table has changed and now you are in opposition with abundant time and surplus energy to write all manner of things about me or if I can say, against me.

Someone once said being in opposition is like serving a jail term in the lake of fire, and I presume, I may be wrong, you are already feeling the pinch of opposition even when your party left power less than six years ago. I?m sorry to say this my good friend, it is better you brace yourself to grab the opportunities my government is offering to people like you or you continue to wander in opposition because your party is not coming back to power any time soon.

Frankly, it is an insult to the intelligence of every right thinking person of this country of ours to say that less than a decade and half when you joined the apparatchiks of your party to plunder this country?s scarce resources, you pretend to be wailing and speaking the language of the suffering masses. This is absolutely unfair! I?m told when you served as District Chief Executive for Ahanta West; you were so powerful that you almost emulated former president Kufuor by setting up the infamous office of accountability at your office which your former party Chairman, Haruna Esseku, said, served as a kickback vault.

Hypocritical behaviors such as yours are reasons why I said at my party?s delegates? congress that selective myopia is incurable, and I would not seek to cure it, especially when it is coming from diabolic and mischievous people like you. Ghanaians have entrusted in me the mandate to govern this country and I?m poised to deliver on my promises to better the lives of my citizens, regardless of what you and your political patrons say about me.

Within the two years I took over the leadership of this country following the demise of my mentor and boss, Professor John Evans Atta Mills (May His Soul Rest in Peace), I have taken drastic decisions to continue from where he left us. This has seen tremendous changes in the country. It would be deceitful on my part and spite in the face of Ghanaians if I say I?ve transformed Ghana into a paradise.

But if you would be sincere and bury your inordinate political bias, you would appreciate the job the NDC team I lead has done over the years. Yes, I insist we?ve done a lot of work but there are still a lot to be done and I can guarantee you that we are up to the task and you would see wonders in the coming years.

My government stands in the history of Ghana under the Fourth Republic to have faced one of the severest economic challenges. I?m glad you alluded to it in your letter, but you failed woefully to appreciate that fact that despite the challenges we?ve had to contend with, we have prudently managed to stabilize the macro-economic environment and we are working on improving it.

The local currency that was playing second fiddle to the major trading currencies in the first quarter of this year has found it foot and now performing impressively in the foreign exchange market. Maybe you are one of the few unpatriotic Ghanaians who were put to shame by the Cedi?s gradual appreciation over the past few months. I can understand you because a resilient and robust economy under my stewardship would mean that your party would continue to wallow in opposition.

I?m sorry my dear friend, the prudent economic measures my government has embarked on is not for political gains but for the betterment of all and sundry. Many of you mocked us for initially turning back on the Bretton Woods institutions and seeking solace in our home grown economic measures.

Even with your party?s knowledge in economics, your 2016 vice-presidential candidate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, with support from others from your party, chastised government and journeyed on concerted efforts to tune the minds of Ghanaians to believe in your lopsided assessment of the home grown economic measures as insensitive package formulated to squeeze Ghanaians.

Why would a party founded on social democratic ideal that would be seeking reelection in 2016 deliberately put up measures to suffocate Ghanaians? It is only in the NPP that this kind of belief would thrive, but thanks be to God Ghanaians are enlightened and discerning enough to believe in the chicanery of the NPP.

Without the support of the Bretton Woods institutions and the foot-dragging attitude of our donor partners, the economy continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Now that government has accepted an IMF-supported program to augment the home grown policies, I?m optimistic that by 2016, Ghana would be a better place to be and all Ghanaians, including you, would bask in the glory.

I?m sorry to do this; we all saw how your government under Mr John Kufuor tackled the economic challenges under his government. You claim in your letter that he took pragmatic measures to deal with the myriad of problems that demanded solution. I believe one of the so-called pragmatic measures was to sell a flourishing national asset like Ghana Telecom to Vodafone Holdings BV to pay salaries? ?I would not be drawn into this needless politics of equalization. I have a duty to discharge as president and I?m committed to doing exactly that.

Every now and then, I?ve been saying that electricity is the key driver of our economy, and I?m glad you also alluded to that in your letter. The NDC government inherited a power sector that was in crises, and I believe you?ve soon not forgotten how your government introduced the maxim ?dumsor dumsor? in the country in 2002. The power sector is plagued with numerous challenges particularly the ones that had to do with generation.

But I strongly believe if your government, which you have often touted as the best thing to have happened to Ghana, had implemented recommendations by the Energy Commission that 10 per cent of power generation should be added to the national installed capacity every year, we would not be where we are today. This is not to say I?m blaming your government for my supposed failures at the power sector, but it would have been fair and right if NPP members like you, speak to the facts and stop pretending that the NPP transformed the power sector.

The Bui dam project the NDC inherited could not even be completed before you left office. The only remedial members your party engaged to address the energy challenges was to import generators into the country which later turned out to be what Dr Charles? Wereko Brobbey described as ?toy generators?.

Ghanaians are privy to the tremendous work my government is doing to solve the energy crisis. We have successfully completed the Atuabo Gas Processing plant which has started pumping gas from the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah. The Bui dam has also been completed and brought on stream. In due time the Power Ministry will lay bare all that we are doing to address the energy problems.

My heart aches whenever I hear people say the National Health Insurance has collapsed. Sometimes, I tell myself the use of the word ?collapse? to describe the NHIS might be a problem of semantics because how can something that was said to have collapsed even before the 2012 elections continue to flourish to the extent that when managers of the scheme announced biometric registration; it was hugely patronized.

I can confidently say that the NHIS is better off under my leadership than it was under the NPP. It is also true that government sometimes default in paying monies due the NHIA for which reasons some of their clients sometimes turn away patient with NHIS cards. But that notwithstanding, the scheme has been elevated from a mutual scheme to a national scheme.

There are instances where many countries across the globe visited the Ghana to learn how the supposed collapsed NHIS is being managed for which reason it has stood the test of time. Maybe officials from those countries who are always itching to learn from Ghana only come to learn how to collapse health schemes so that they would go to their respective countries to collapse theirs.

I must confess that the double standards exhibited in your letter was sickening, especially on the issue of roads and interchanges. Probably you deliberately made those points to draw Nana Akufo-Addo?s attention that you?ve also been speaking his language to remind him that in the unlikely event he was elected president, he should include you in his list of appointees.

Nana Akufo-Addo himself has been bloodied by one of your MPs when he tried to jab my government for inflating the cost of the proposed Kasoa interchange. I?m sure that was the reason why you did not bother to indict me of the same dubious accusation.

Nonetheless, your assessment of the road situation in Ghana was too shallow. I believe you could have done better. No one in my government has denied the fact that the country?s roads are not in good shape and I believe you are not blinded to the ongoing works in the various districts to fix the roads. In any case, did the roads develop such gullies only when the NDC came to power? I thought your government handed over to us most of those roads after ruling this country for eight uninterrupted years.

As for claims that my government is wasting time constructing interchanges, I would not belabor my scarce time responding. Ghanaians are the best judges. But if I were you, I will start shivering on the developments and interchanges across the country because if they continue till 2016, there would be nothing for your party to campaign with.

I was expecting you to talk about education but you failed to address that. I know you don?t like it when I say the first batch of the 200 community day senior high schools are almost complete and that would catapult us into rolling out the progressive free secondary education starting with day students.

I know many of you in the NPP wonder how I do some of these things, but let me tell you, when the masses entrust their destinies into your hands, you don?t toy with it. You don?t play with their sensibilities instead you do what is in their interest.

As for your call for mass insurrection next year, I?ll entreat you not to wait next year?but start it now and see the number of Ghanaians who will follow you. What Ghanaians want to hear is policy alternatives not the war drum you are subtly beating.

Until then stay bless and enjoy the New Year. Lest I forget, please don?t over utilize the mahogany bitters you mentioned in your letter. I?m sure you have some few bottles under your bed.

Source: The Al-Hajj

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