Former NPP General Secretary Kwabena Agyei Agyepong says that while some party officials chastised him for calling for Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s resignation, it was the bitter truth that should have been said.
Mr. Agyei Agyepong posited that if he were the Finance Minister, he would have done the honourable thing of resigning from his position.
He emphatically stated that if you looked Ghanaians in the eyes and told them two or three weeks ago that we would not go to the IMF because we had the resources and were a proud nation. But later on, when we go to the IMF, you [Ofori-Atta] do the right thing and resign.
KAA, as he is affectionately known, stated that the Finance Minister cannot be the same person who leads our discussions with the IMF given his previous position.
”That one I have said it and I think some people or some of my friends were not happy with it. sometimes you have to tell them the truth. That is why the political parties allow their general secretaries and chairmen to be part of the cabinet,” he told Kwabena Agyepong on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
To him, political party leaders should be strong and courageous enough and look into the face of the president and tell him the truth.
He emphasized that a sitting government should be told straight in the face not to do anything that could harm the country or the political party that elected him or her.
He admitted that Ghana was in the grip of a severe economic crisis, which was exacerbated in part by the global financial crisis, but that some factors could have been avoided.
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana