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CPP General Secretary expresses sympathy for the way Mahama is treated by Ghanaians.

CPP General Secretary expresses sympathy for the way Mahama is treated by Ghanaians.

The General Secretary of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Nana Yaa Jantuah, has expressed sympathy towards former President John Dramani Mahama for the way Ghanaians treat him despite his contributions to the country’s development.

Speaking on Accra-based TV3, Jantuah noted that Mahama received widespread public backlash and criticism during his tenure as head of state, while also pointing out that the treatment he received was less severe than that of President Akufo-Addo, despite Akufo-Addo’s poorer performance. Jantuah called on Ghanaians to allow Mahama to enjoy some peace of mind.

Jantuah’s remarks add to her recent comments on the government’s Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP) on February 9. In an emotional submission, she accused the government of being insensitive to the plights of citizens and expressed frustration about the state of investments in the country. Jantuah is appalled by the NPP’s hopes of winning the 2024 general election amidst the current economic crisis. Since its announcement on December 5 last year, the DDEP has been met with fierce opposition and widespread public resistance from individual bondholders, civil society organisations, academics, finance experts, the Minority in Parliament and a host of other well-meaning Ghanaians.

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Government insists that the DDEP is a crucial intervention in helping the country recover from its current economic crisis. The program is part of the requirements before Ghana can secure an economic bailout of about $3 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). So far, the government is said to have achieved more than the 80% target needed for the DDEP.

Jantuah’s sympathy towards Mahama and criticism of the government’s handling of the DDEP are indicative of the widespread concerns and criticisms facing Ghana’s political leadership. The country is grappling with economic challenges, high levels of debt, and political tensions that have led to public dissatisfaction and calls for change. As Ghana prepares for the 2024 general elections, political parties and their leaders must address these challenges and work towards building a more prosperous and stable country.

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