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NDC chieftain disappointed with Botchwey report



A chieftain of the opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, and former Municipal Chief Executive, MCE, for Ejuisu/Juaben in the Ashanti Region, Yaw Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh, has expressed disappointment with the report of the Prof Kwesi Botchwey Committee.

According to Ponkoh, the report should have also named stalwarts of the party who were entrusted responsibilities and whose actions led to the defeat the party suffered at the 2016 elections.

He further noted that it was an open secret that the actions and inactions of some of the party’s top shots led to the defeat of the party, wondering why the committee’s report was silent on them.

“I didn’t understand some sections of the report, it didn’t communicate what I wanted to hear.

“People were given a whole lot of responsibilities so they had to have been told to account for the specific assignments of helping Mahama…the fact is that the people given specific assignments failed to perform and the report should have indicted those who were given specific assignments but failed to perform”, he said.

Continuing, the former MCE, said: “The party set up campaign teams before the elections, is the report saying one or two persons failed to perform and that their failure contributed to the defeat of the party…these persons should be named and shamed and that is what the report fails to do…people who are given special duties but failed to perform must be named and shamed and the report is silent on it and that is my worry”, he added.

The 13 member Botchwey committee was set up by the NDC to unearth circumstances that culminated into the party’s disgraceful defeat at the polls in 2016.

The committee presented its report to the party on Monday June 19, 2017, reporting that weak intellectual and research base played a key role in the party’s defeat in the 2016 elections.

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