If my NDC sources confirm as unimpeachable this 7 days as I have beforehand located them, I can boldly declare that at very long final, the inner NDC struggle has ended and that Ghana, our beloved region, now has a operating mate for John Dramani Mahama.
This functioning mate has brains. He has a tongue that bites and soothes. He also has, in equal evaluate, the temperaments of an introvert and a (moderate) extrovert. Over all, his wife will ensure that he is a sweetheart.
He is Professor Kwesi Botchwey, the longest serving Minister of Finance and Economic Scheduling of Ghana.
As at very last Monday when a Deep Throat inside NDC designed the telephone get in touch with to me, the occasion was in the “final” levels of the consultative method: that of having celebration founder, Jerry John Rawlings, to wave his flywhisk above the Professor’s head and, for the 1st time in 13 decades, smile with his former appointee.
Ghanaians older than 1982 have not overlooked that right after 12 a long time of service less than Rawlings, relations amongst him and Dr Botchwey were being far from warm.
Some time in 1994, Rawlings travelled to the United States. Anyone inside of the Castle whispered to Dr Botchwey that the previous President meant to announce his (Botchwey’s) dismissal from The usa in a working day or two. Swiftly the Professor moved. He secured the entrance webpage of the then most feared newspaper in Ghana, ‘The Ghanaian Chronicle’, to out-sensible his boss. The front website page of the paper screamed, “Kwesi Botchwey Resigns”.
The dismissal alone would have come as no shock to not a few Ghanaians. Relations experienced been on ice for some time, specially from the time when Rawlings started out brazenly describing his buddy, Tsatsu Tsikata – and not his Financial state Minister, Botchwey – as an economic wizard. It is also speculated that Rawlings realized about the rumoured amorous relations concerning his Finance Minister and the then Canadian High Commissioner, a feminine.
All of higher than, and much more, reveal why it has currently turn into essential for the NDC to secure a smile from Rawlings.
In individuals days when finances studying was the platform to announce value will increase, specially for petrol, everybody’s hardships were being traced to Kwesi Botchwey. In his day, as Finance Minister, Ghana obtained launched to IMF acronyms.
Below the significantly hated ERP (Economic Restoration Programme) that gave beginning to SAP (Structural Adjustment Programme) so significant was the resultant social disequilibrium in the particular economies of Ghanaians that Botchwey launched the dreaded PAMSCAD (Programme of Actions to Mitigate the Social Expenditures of Changes).
Incredibly challenging for any Finance Minister. That clarifies why I, for a single, discovered it challenging to consider that there could be everything concerning him and the female at the Canadian Higher Commission. But, of training course, a psychiatrist confident me that in that posture, anybody would want to launch tension – the rationale why club and national crew professionals now enable woman-good friends to stop by with male footballers in their hotel in the week of nail-biting tournaments.
Terrible reminiscences, but every genuine Ghanaian who knew Dr Botchwey will testify that he is competent, revered internationally and revered in NDC in which his judgement carries fat no question, the party appointed him to head the 13-member committee that assessed its 2016 ignominious electoral defeat.
It goes to the credit rating of JDM that after all the awful revelations and opinions contained in the Kwesi Botchwey Committee’s 65-website page Executive Summary, which include the accusation that he (Mahama) “lived a daily life of a film star”, the previous President has located it in his coronary heart to extend grace to the Professor. It also suggests a lot for JDM’s self-assurance stage and management capabilities that should really he acquire, he will have, as his second in command, anyone to whom he himself must have been managing mate.
As is to be envisioned, some occasion insiders question the knowledge in the professor’s preference. They point out that he is Fante, like his immediate predecessor, Amissah-Arthur that the feelings of folks in the party’s World Financial institution could have been assuaged by the selection of a Voltarian.
Their alternative was Zanetor Rawlings, who they say, would have killed three birds with one shot, getting, also woman, a shot that could have warmed her father, Jerry John Rawlings, to Mahama’s facet. Recall that Rawlings has predicted a decline for JDM in 2020. Many, nevertheless, are individuals who concern that Zanetor’s alternative would have retched up rotten memories. People today would have begun asking who paid out her costs in medical school abroad.
The 1st choice of all those rooting for the woman ticket had been Professor Naana Opoku Agyeman. Very knowledgeable female, they say, but they dread that NPP will remind floating voters that she was signatory to the petition inAugust 2016 inquiring then President Mahama to pardon the Montie 3 who had been jailed for statements considered to be contemptuous of the Supreme Court.
How will Professor Botchwey, with his intercontinental clout and authorized name, offer with a predicament in which Mahama is formally accused of complicity in the Airbus scandal?