Friday, February 23

Alan Kyerematen Criticizes Vice President Bawumia’s Role in Economic Crises

Independent presidential hopeful, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, has expressed skepticism regarding Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s ability to distance himself from Ghana’s current economic challenges. Kyerematen, founder and leader of the Movement for Change, contends that Dr. Bawumia, as a key figure in the cabinet, cannot evade responsibility for the nation’s struggles.

In an interview with Bernard Avle on The Point of View on Citi TV, Kyerematen drew parallels between past administrations, highlighting former President J.E. Atta-Mills’ delegation of responsibilities to then-Vice President John Dramani Mahama and President Akufo-Addo’s similar approach with Dr. Bawumia. Kyerematen acknowledged his own involvement in economic management during his tenure as Trade Minister but asserted his capabilities as a catalyst for change.

Rejecting the notion that vice presidents lack significant influence, Kyerematen emphasized that executive authority rests at the highest level, making it untenable for Dr. Bawumia to absolve himself of accountability. He argued, “Governments are not solely run by ministers but by an executive authority at the highest level.”

Kyerematen’s remarks come amidst debates surrounding Dr. Bawumia’s suitability for the presidency, with some advocating for a fair assessment of his capabilities despite his previous role as Vice President. Kofi Bentil, Vice President of IMANI Africa, urged Ghanaians to give Dr. Bawumia a fair hearing, emphasizing that he was “only number 2” in the previous administration.

As Ghana gears up for the 2024 elections, discussions surrounding leadership accountability and economic stewardship are expected to feature prominently, shaping the discourse among voters and political observers alike.