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NDC’s response to Dr Bawumia’s ‘Legacy Challenge ‘ is diarrhea-driven response- Prof Haruna

Source:Savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
The Deputy National Communications Director of the governing New Patriotic Party (NDC), Mr  Haruna Mohammed has described the response of the NDC to Dr Mahamadu Bawumia’s ‘legacy challenge’ to former President John Dramani Mahama as “diarrhea-driven response” reiterating that, the NDC failed woefully in their response to Dr Bawumia’s “legacy challenge “ to Mr Mahama.

According to him , the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, asked a simple question of the LEGACY of former President Mahama to the people of the North and the NDC answers are bungalows for DCEs, pavement of roads, provision of electricity to rural communities, provision of water, building of CHPS compounds.
The NPP National Deputy Communications Director popularly known as Prof Haruna in a press release chastised the NDC’s understanding of a political legacy .

“This, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes is a miss of the point. It must be made to the understanding of the NDC that the word Legacy is heavier than the provision of basic amenities and projects to people. In our local Akan parlance, legacy could literally mean “Agyapade3”. Thus, the Google dictionary defines legacy as “an amount of money or property left to someone in a will”. He said

“Judging from this definition, legacy simply means something that posterity can visibly remember you for. It is just like a child asking a father what legacy (agyapade3) the father is bequeathing to him. If the father answers as: I bought you school uniform, bought you sandals, bought you mat to sleep on, hired a barber to shave your hair, etc., we don’t think the child will take it lightly with the father. That is the kind of answers the NDC is providing as the legacies of Mr. Mahama”: the release added
Prof Haruna hinted that, the response of the NDC to Dr Bawumia’s legacy challenge to the Former President Mahama shows that the NDC is running away from the legacy debate.
“For us the NPP, we know the NDC is running away from the question by pretending that they either don’t understand the question or they are just skirting the main issue”. He stated

He posited “We have had presidents now and in the past. All of them built roads, patched pot-holes, provided electricity to communities, supplied water systems, etc. It is akin to the fact that every parent pays for his/her children’s school fees, buys school uniforms, shaves the hair of the children, etc.
Admittedly some governments or parents may do more or better than others but that is not the point here. The real matter and point on the legacy issue is that, beyond the provision of these basic projects, what property (agyapade3) or anything visibly remembering that posterity can remember you with? “.
He noted that, anytime Former President Kufour name is mentioned what comes to people’s mind is the National Health Insurance Scheme, Capitation Grant, Free Maternal Care and many others adding that, currently, for President Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians can talk of Free SHS, NABCO, One Village One Dam, One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, etc. “All these are projects that last generations, have national or regional characteristics, distinct and unique from the normal, etc”.

“Thus, among others, a legacy must have these attributes. These in our opinion should be the guiding principles which the NDC must apply in answering the legacy challenge”.
Prof Haruna stated that, the NDC in response run away from mentioning SADA as Mahama legacy in the North Sector because it was mismanaged.

“We want the NDC to tell us, candidly, in respect of the Northern sector of the country, for which this legacy challenge is thrown, why didn’t they mention SADA? The NDC could easily mention SADA as a major legacy of Mahama, but unfortunately, because they mismanaged it they are unable to talk about that”.

The Deputy National Communications Director of the NPP said, President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia can talk of the peace at Dagbon currently prevailing, as a Legacy.

“It is worthy to also note that, the President and his Vice, will tomorrow cut sod for the construction of the Multipurpose Pwalugu dam to prevent the perennial flooding that happens from the Burkina Bagre dam spillage, provide electricity and irrigate about 35,000 hectares of land; in respect of the North also.
It is also on record that, no government has provided any interchange in the north, the Point 7 interchange currently ongoing at Tamale by government through Sinohydro will be a big legacy because it is unique in character. These and many more are the legacies we want the NDC to talk about”.

The North East Regional Secretary of the NPP, Lawyer Suley Sambian also in a releasesaid, the NDC lied in their response to the ‘legacy challenge’ jab by Dr Bawumia to Mr Mahama.
Setting the records straight, Lawyer Sambian said,
It is shocking to hear the NDC mention the Nalerigu, Gambaga and Walewale town roads as part of their achievements.
According to him, the Nalerigu town roads in particular were started in 2008 and all the gutters were built before the NPP loss power in 2008. The NDC upon assumption of power in 2009 abandoned the project till NPP returned to power in 2017 and continued the project in 2018 and it is about 97% complete. Then again in 2018 started the Gambaga and Walewale town roads which are about 85% and 90% complete respectively.

He said, the 57km Nalerigu-Walewale road: The Nalerigu-Bongbini stretch of the road, representing about 45% of the entire road was done between 2001 and 2008. Then again from Walewale-Banawa stretch representing about 5% of the entire road was done between 2001 and 2008. “So the NDC between 2009 and 2016 did the Bongbini-Banawa stretch of the road representing 50% of the 57km Nalerigu-Walewale road”.

The North East NPP Secretary said, it is a complete fallacy that the NDC between 2009 and 2016 connected over 100 communities to the national grid. The NDC according to him within that period connected 83 communities to the national grid. “The breakdown is as follows; 4 communities in the Bunkpurugu/Nakpanduri district, 5 communities in the Yunyoo/Nansuan district, 15 communities in the Yagaba/Kubori district, 13 communities in the Cheriponi district, 18 communities each in the East Mamprusi and West Mamprusi municipalities”.

Lawyer Sambian said the NDC in 2016 hurriedly commissioned the Kparigu and Tinguri small town water projects. “Since then, the communities have not been to fetch even a gallon of water from those projects. So those projects were poorly executed and not serving the purpose for which they were done”.

“Again on CHIPS compounds, the NDC built/started 16 CHIPS compounds distributed as follows; 2 CHIPS compounds in the Bunkpurugu/Nakpanduri district, 4 CHIPS compounds in the Yunyoo/Nansuan district, 4 CHIPS compounds in the Yagaba/Kubori district, 1 CHIPS compound in the Cheriponi district, 2 CHIPS compounds in the East Mamprusi municipality and 3 CHIPS compounds in the West Mamprusi municipality. But it is instructive to note that they could not complete any of the CHIPS compounds in the East Mamprusi municipality, and the Yunyoo/Nansuan district.”.
He said, with all the CHIPS compounds stated by the NDC, it was the NPP government that completed projects and are currently on use.

He said, the Walewale lorry station was started in 2008. The NDC in 8 years could not complete it. “This NPP government awarded the contract for the said lorry station to be completed. If what the NDC listed are what they term as legacies of the former president John Drahamani Mahama, then the H.E Alhaji Dr, Mahammud Bawumia was right when he asked for John Mahama’s legacy in the north. If these are a Vice president and President’s legacies, what then will one say are the legacies of MPs and MMDCEs? We in the North East Region see the creation of the North East Region as H.E Alhaji Dr, Mahammud Bawumia’s legacy”.

Read below Mr Haruna Mahama’s press release:

28-11-2019
Press Release

Why the NDC will always fail Dr. Bawumia’s issues-based strict proof questions

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, asked a simple question of the LEGACY of former President Mahama to the people of the North and their answers are bungalows for DCEs, pavement of roads, provision of electricity to rural communities, provision of water, building of CHPS compounds, etc. Really?

This, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes is a miss of the point.

It must be made to the understanding of the NDC that the word Legacy is heavier than the provision of basic amenities and projects to people. In our local Akan parlance, legacy could literally mean “Agyapade3”. Thus, the Google dictionary defines legacy as “an amount of money or property left to someone in a will”.

Judging from this definition, legacy simply means something that posterity can visibly remember you for. It is just like a child asking a father what legacy (agyapade3) the father is bequeathing to him. If the father answers as: I bought you school uniform, bought you sandals, bought you mat to sleep on, hired a barber to shave your hair, etc., we don’t think the child will take it lightly with the father.

That is the kind of answers the NDC is providing as the legacies of Mr. Mahama.

For us the NPP, we know the NDC is running away from the question by pretending that they either don’t understand the question or they are just skirting the main issue.

We have had presidents now and in the past. All of them built roads, patched pot-holes, provided electricity to communities, supplied water systems, etc. It is akin to the fact that every parent pays for his/her children’s school fees, buys school uniforms, shaves the hair of the children, etc.
Admittedly some governments or parents may do more or better than others but that is not the point here.

The real matter and point on the legacy issue is that, beyond the provision of these basic projects, what property (agyapade3) or anything visibly remembering that posterity can remember you with?

If you mention President Kufuor, for instance, Ghanaians can simply think of National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Capitation Grant, Free Maternal Care, etc.

Currently, for President Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians can talk of Free SHS, NABCO, One Village One Dam, One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, etc. All these are projects that last generations, have national or regional characteristics, distinct and unique from the normal, etc.

Thus, among others, a legacy must have these attributes. These in our opinion should be the guiding principles which the NDC must apply in answering the legacy challenge.

We want the NDC to tell us, candidly, in respect of the Northern sector of the country, for which this legacy challenge is thrown, why didn’t they mention SADA? The NDC could easily mention SADA as a major legacy of Mahama, but unfortunately, because they mismanaged it they are unable to talk about that.

On the other hand, President Akufo-Addo and Dr. Bawumia can talk of the peace at Dagbon currently prevailing, as a Legacy.

It is worthy to also note that, the President and his Vice, will tomorrow cut sod for the construction of the Multipurpose Pwalugu dam to prevent the perennial flooding that happens from the Burkina Bagre dam spillage, provide electricity and irrigate about 35,000 hectares of land; in respect of the North also.
It is also on record that, no government has provided any interchange in the north, the Point 7 interchange currently ongoing at Tamale by government through Sinohydro will be a big legacy because it is unique in character. These and many more are the legacies we want the NDC to talk about.

We believe strongly that, what Dr. Bawumia has started doing is the way forward for the politics of this country so that political campaign will be run on issues and developments and not insults and vulgar language.

Going into election 2020, Dr. Bawumia has started throwing challenges to the NDC just to start shaping how in his opinion the political campaign should be run but it appears the NDC is living in their old thinking that as for opposition Party yours is to throw muds to the ruling government and make them look dirty and the people will vote for you.

No. If the NDC think they will be given such chance then it is a lie. If indeed they are happy about their records then they must be forced to strict prove to defend their record. Because the acid test to any political jab is what is the alternative. The NDC must be forced to tell us what they did in their 8 years in government that they want Ghanaians to reverse the over one million votes deficit and bring them to power.

The 2020 campaign should not be made to be a matter of an unchecked opposition Party throwing jabs at the ruling government just to win votes.

It will be recalled that, Dr. Bawumia started by challenging the NDC that if they are social Democrats they should mention just one social intervention policy they had in their eight years. We all saw how long it took the NDC to respond to that challenge and the wishy-washy answers they provided. They completely lost that challenge.

He then moved to challenge Mr. Mahama and the NDC to mention any one MAJOR road they completed in the Upper East Region, Upper West Region and the Volta Region. These are strongholds of the NDC. Contrary to claims in the NDC’s Green Book of major roads done by NDC, this question was also not properly answered. In all these, Dr. Bawumia provided the alternatives of what this government has been doing.

Then comes Dr. Bawumia again with the Legacy challenge and the NDC still seem not to have gotten the clue as to how Dr. Bawumia is drawing them to the arena of issues-based campaign next year.

Unsurprisingly, they should wait for where the next Challenge will be and by the time Dr. Bawumia is through with them it will be clear to all Ghanaians that the eight years record of the NDC cannot take them to the 2020 elections.

The NPP believes in issues based campaign and we will stick to it. NDC should be ready.

…Signed….

Haruna Mahama
(National Deputy Communications Director)

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