The outspoken New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Assin Central Constituency Kennedy Ohene Agyapong’s recent outburst has given some validity to claims that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has interfered with Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s ability to handle the economy.
Following the poor performance of the cedi against the dollar, among other economic issues, Dr. Bawumia has recently been accused of failing to show his economic competence in his role as Head of the Economic Management Team.
The Vice President’s efforts to address the current economic situation have, however, come under fire as a result of recent events and noteworthy occurrences.
It has been vehemently alleged that Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, is actively impeding the vice president on issues that affect important economic choices and actions.
Kennedy Agyapong bemoaned the loss of almost $12 million brought on by the depreciation of the Ghanaian cedi while addressing party supporters in Bolgatanga as part of his campaign to be chosen as the NPP’s flagbearer.
He addressed delegates iterating: “From March this year to August this year, through the exchange rate, I have lost $12 million. So today I don’t even count it.”
Meanwhile, according to the Maverick MP, he would not have been intimidated by the Finance Minister if he were the vice President
“If I’m a vice president, how can a finance minister bully me?” he claimed.
Political observers have characterized this recent outburst as “grapevine intelligence” that leads to a troubling situation where it is thought that Ken Ofori Atta, the Finance Minister, is given priority over the Vice President in decisions about the economy.
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