The Managing Editor of the Al-Hajj Newspaper, Alhaji Bature has questioned the Minority New Patriotic Party [NPP’s] locus to mount pressure and demand that President John Dramni Mahama’s brother, Ibrahim Mahama be forced to pay for state machinery his company used in dredging the Odaw River.
Alhaji believed the entire minority members are dimwits for asking the business mogul to pay for the equipment used.
“We don’t have a minority in Ghana today, we don’t have any opposition party. Because before any minority will criticize government, ‘you must be a serious party’. If not people will take them as unserious people. They must take their time to analyze issues. NPP does not feature in Ghana’s politics,” he said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show Ghana Montie
The Minority in parliament on Thursday claimed equipment used by Ibrahim Mahama to dredge the Odaw River were procured by the State – so it was important for him [Ibrahim Mahama] to pay for the full cost of the items.
In October 2014, the government entered into an agreement with GP Gunter Papenburg AG, a German Equipment Company, for the supply of equipment and or machinery.
Among the equipment and or machinery to be delivered were; Big Motor Grader 240T (40), Big Motor Grader 200T (20), Komatsu Bull Dozer (5), Komatsu Wheel Loader (20), Komatsu Excavator (10), Man Diesel Dump Trucks (20) and spare parts.
They were meant to be distributed to the 46 newly created District Assemblies to enhance service delivery – but, after taking delivery of the items, some of them, according to the Minority, were spotted at a road construction site of Engineers and Planners owned by the President’s brother, Ibrahim Mahama at Tafo and Klago among other areas.
Some of the equipment were also spotted being used by the company to desilt the Odaw drain some weeks after the June 3 flood and fire disaster.
However, Alhaji Bature appears bemused by the Minority NPP’s ‘unnecessary’ accusation – “What is really the sense in what they [the minority] are saying? Can someone tell me the sense in that? What is really their motive? They think we don’t know what they are up to in this country. Jokers!”
To him, Ibrahim Mahama should rather be lauded for his patriotism in helping dredge the Odaw River after the Circle-Fire-Flood disaster and wondered why some section of the Ghanaian populace are fussing over the matter – “All were asked to help by the president to dredge the river after the disaster, so if one Ghanaian took up the offer and aided in carrying out the exercise with the use of state machinery, what is wrong with that?”
The self-confessed NDC sympathizer counseled the NPP to rather focus on resolving its internal affair issues instead of attacking individuals in the NDC – “There are allegations of corruption in the NPP which is affecting their flagbearer [Nana Addo]. They should talk about that or Ghanaians will not take them serious.”