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I have already hinted at the imperative need for the President to seriously consider moving Mr. Mustapha-Abdul Hamid from his present portfolio of Information Minister, possibly, to the Culture and Chieftaincy Ministry, if any such portfolio exists under the present government. I will not belabor the issue, because I have already amply discussed some of the reasons why such move ought to be urgently considered. But one thing I can say without fear of contradiction is that the Delta 8 Case has made it emphatically clear that Mr. Hamid is a “defensive player,” rather than a senior minister or cabinet appointee who is effectively and confidently in charge of his game or portfolio.

Perhaps it would also be more practically and functionally effective to allow every ministry to have its own Spokesperson or Communications Director, while the Information Minister deals with issues of primary concern to the Presidency. For instance, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that a Communications Director assigned to the Attorney-General’s Office would easily have parried off the cynical complaints of the largely main opposition National Democratic Congress’s operatives who have been vigorously, albeit ironically, trying to predictably politicize the case of the Delta 8 criminal suspects charges against whom were recently dropped by the Asante Region’s Principal State Attorney for lack of justiciable or forensically sustainable evidence to build an effective prosecutorial case.

He or she would have easily parried off the tactical bait of opposition criticism and agitprop to have the Delta 8 suspects railroaded by hook or crook, because the Communications Director at the Attorney-General’s Office would have been one possessed of the requisite legal background to be able to readily reference the relevant statutes empowering all Principal State Attorneys with discretionary privileges to make decisions like the one pertaining to the Delta 8 suspects, accused of having breached the lawful judicial custody of 13 members of the Delta Force militia group, widely perceived to be affiliated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Indeed, even as Lawyer Kwame Adofo, the Kumasi-based private legal practitioner, rightly pointed out the other day, it appears as if the operatives of the Akufo-Addo Administration have ceded both moral and legal grounds to critics of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (See “Investigation of Delta Force Judgment Is an Attack on the Judiciary – Kwame Adofo” Ultimatefmonline.com /Ghanaweb.com 5/18/17). In other words, second-guessing her principal regional lieutenants, the way that Attorney-General Gloria Akuffo is reported to have done or to be doing to Ms. Marie-Louis Simmons, only unwisely plays into the hands of her National Democratic Congress’ detractors and the long-term disadvantage of the ruling party.

But what is even more depressing, here, is the message that such an epic blunder sends to the larger Ghanaian public, to wit, that the NDC operatives may very well have been physically removed from the Flagstaff House, but there can be absolutely no gainsaying that the Mahama Posse is still pretty much in charge. This definitely does not augur well for both the political and electoral fortunes of Nana Akufo-Addo and his administrative associates down the pike, as it were. This is a public relations and a public opinion contest which the commando-minded NDC apparatchiks must not be allowed to win.

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York