Friday, 19 July

Ghana’s economic myriad as a result of divisive politics – Kyerematen

Alan Kyerematen speaking at the launch in Accra

Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, leader of the Movement for Change (MFC) and the independent presidential candidate endorsed by the Alliance for Revolutionary Change for the December 7 elections, has attributed the myriad of problems confronting Ghana to the country’s divisive politics, which he claims is imposed by a privileged few.

He highlighted that Ghana has sought assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 17 times, indicating a failure to utilize the knowledge and resources of all Ghanaians. 

The acrimony in the country’s body politics has pushed well-meaning Ghanaians to the back seat thereby shying away from mainstream politics, he said.

He stressed this has created sharp political divide which has not been helpful to the country.

In his view, the Great Transformational Plan is the way forward to create an inclusive government.   

Mr. Kyerematen pledged to form a non-partisan government to address the country's recurring issues if elected on December 7, 2024.

 He criticized the dominant National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) for their inability to lift Ghana out of economic difficulties through their IMF programmes.

With just five months until the election, Mr. Kyerematen noted that these two parties have yet to present their manifestos, while the MFC and its partners have already introduced policy initiatives in the Great Transformational Plan (GTP).

 Speaking at the launch of the GTP in Accra on Monday, 24 June 2024, he vowed to fight corruption by eliminating sole-sourcing and promised to run a lean government composed of like-minded individuals to create opportunities for all.

Mr. Kyerematen emphasized reducing public expenditure and adopting a model of private sector project funding, noting that in developed countries, governments do not build roads.

 Instead, the private sector handles major infrastructure projects like roads and airports.

 He criticized the local political practice where politicians vie to build roads and other infrastructure for potential kickbacks.

Additionally, he promised that a government of national unity would abolish the COVID-19 tax at ports of entry and the Ministry of Health's fumigation tax. 

Mr. Kyerematen asserted that the government's role is to make policies, not to rely on borrowing for advancement

Source: Mensah