21 February 2014

Ghana: Central Region Deserves Better Than Benyiwa-Doe


It is not for nothing that the Umbrella faithful fondly refer to her as Ama Chavez. Within the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ms. Ama Benyiwa-Doe is seen by the party footsoldiers as one of the hatchet men and women in the party. Like the President of Venezuela, who has the potent force for attacking the West, Ms. Benyiwa-Doe was perceived in her party as someone who could stand up to the Kufuor regime when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was in power. She was a powerful force on radio, spewing all kinds of allegations. Most had no basis in truth.

But, for a party in opposition seeking power, every means of undermining the government in power was music in the ears of the rank and file. In the run-up to the 2008 elections, Ms. Benyiwa-Doe mounted various platforms and accused Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, of dealing in drugs. It was an allegation that had no basis in fact. Somehow, the NDC faithful got intoxicated with the falsehood. On campaign floors, Nana Addo was pummeled without any justification. The NPP initials were transformed to read 'National Narcotics Party'. All along, Ms. Benyiwa-Doe knew she was promoting falsehood. When she was given the opportunity to substantiate the drug allegations, she sat sheepishly before members of the Parliamentary Appointments Committee, and said all those allegations were political talk. There was no substance in any of them. Following the admission that she was promoting falsehood, most people thought the President would withdraw her nomination. We were wrong. Rather, Ama Benyiwa-Doe was dispatched to Cape Coat as Political and Administrative Head of the Central Region, without a deputy to act as a moderator on her excesses. Her behaviour as Regional Minister has been even more appalling. Her orchestrated attempt to stop Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings from addressing NDC faithful at Cape Coast has been well documented.

There were allegations, still not denied, that the entourage of the former First Lady was assaulted by thugs on the pay-roll of the Regional Minister. Ms. Benyiwa-Doe's machination, aimed at stopping the chiefs and elders of the Asebu Traditional Area from honouring former President John Agyekum Kufuor, is also well chronicled. Beside her confrontational style, allegations of corruption have always dogged her leadership in the Central Region. Her public altercation with Bernard Allotey Jacobs, Propaganda Chief of the NDC in the Central Region, over contracts awarded to her cronies for kick-backs, played out in the public domain and media. When she sat on Adom FM and attributed the grave murder of Abusuapanyin Nana Eguase in that terrible event at Ekumfi Narkwa to the unfortunate utterances of Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, Assin North Member of Parliament, most Ghanaians were of the view that she had overstepped her bounds. To cut a long story short, Ama Benyiwa-Doe is a disgrace to her status as Regional Minister, and should be freed from causing more harm to the body politic.

As the Chairman of the Regional Security Council, how is Benyiwa-Doe going to lead the security apparatus to unravel the mystery at Narkwa, when she had judged the issue already. The Chronicle believes it is in the interest of the President and the political evolution of this country to sack the Central Regional Minister. Benyiwa-Doe cannot honestly, inspire anybody to want to take to politics as a duty. The President of the Republic has a duty to relieve her of her duties. The Chronicle is serving notice that if Benyiwa-Doe is not removed as Central Regional Minister immediately, we would be compelled to mount a campaign against her leadership, until the people of Ghana decide for the President. The people of the Central Region deserve better!

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