Mahama’s response to ‘incompetent’ comment shows he is weak, coward – Baako

President John Mahama has been sternly criticized after he responsed to the 2016 NPP Vice-presidential candidate, Mahamadu Bawumia’s description of the president as incompetent.

Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper is the latest person to add his voice in condemnation of the president.

Kweku Baako is of the view that the President’s response is a gaffe that cannot be defended.

The President while addressing party supporters in Accra to mark the end of the National Democratic Congress’ ‘Changing Lives, Transforming Ghana tour’, made an unusual speech singling out Dr Bawumia for bashing.

President Mahama could not understand why Dr Bawumia – who is an economist and a banker – could refer to him as incompetent adding that the NPP vice presidential candidate did not have the prerequisite to criticise him.

“Did you hear Bawumia say incompetent Mahama? You’ve never held any responsibility anywhere near the presidency before; you don’t know what it is like to be president.

“I’ll take that word from Kufuor or from Rawlings because they’ve been there before. All of you guys [NPP critics] have never ever come near the presidency. Do you know what it takes to be a president? And you stand and say incompetent Mahama administration,” Mahama said.

He also said, “I will not allow useless insults to distract me.”

Kweku Baako
But Mr Baako said this form of reaction and response from the president is absolutely inappropriate.

“Was it a personal attack [of the President by Bawumia] or it was a critique of the handling of the state of affairs?”

“I don’t think he [Mahama] is being singled out as a person and being told that he is incompetent. Perhaps there is a collateral implication but to describe an administration as incompetent an inept is not an insult.”

Mahama’s response according to Baako is misplaced.

“Those who say it is an incompetent handling of the situation are entitled to it. You can’t stop people from criticising you in a multi-party democracy.

The best way to react to such comments, Mr Baako said is by challenging what has been said and providing contrary evidence which will expose whoever made the comments but “not to suggest that he is insulting you”.

“Sometimes that is a sign of weakness and a sign of a coward who is not prepared to fight”, he said.

In any case, President Mahama will not be the first president to be criticised or insulted so singling out two or three people on the premise that they have not been president before is wrong, he stated.

Story by Ghana | | Naa Sakwaba Akwa | [email protected]

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