Akufo-Addo’s speechwriters must stop misleading him – Muntaka cautions
The Minority Chief Whip has lashed out at President Akufo-Addo’s speechwriters, for misleading him in his recent address to the nation on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak such deceit is embarrassing to Ghana internationally.
The President in his ninth address to the nation claimed that Ghana had administered more Covid-19 tests per million people than any other country in Africa.
However, the French News Agency, (AFP) said labelled the claims as false.
The News Agency after comparing available data from Ghana to that of five other countries, said South Africa, Djibouti and Mauritius rank higher than Ghana in terms of Covid-19 testing.
Debating a statement presented on the floor of Parliament by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu on efforts put in place to tackle the virus, the Asawase MP said the president’s speechwriters should do due diligence before their write-ups.
This according to him, will help the President avoid such embarrassments and save the country from global mockery.
Muntaka further accused the government of failing Ghanaians in the fight against Covid-19.
He added that the government’s approach toward the Covid-19 fight has been reactionary instead of proactive.
He also expressed worry over why officials with the various institutions such as the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative have not been tested for the virus.
The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu on his part called out the Minority for not appreciating efforts by the government toward the fight against Covid-19.
Joining the debate, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Kingsford Alban Bagbin urged the government to intensify education on Covid-19.
He cautioned pastors and spiritualists to desist from the notion that the virus does not exist in the country.
The Nadowli- Kaleo MP also demanded accountability of monies spent by the government as part of Covid-19 relief support.
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu who was in the chair announced that MPs and Parliamentary staffers will undergo Covid-19 test on Wednesday, May 20 at 9 am in Parliament.