Kufuor’s Son Recalls Father’s “Dumsor” Crisis Days


…Insists Mahama Deserves Patience

Edward Kufuor, son of former President, John Agyekum Kufuor, has asked Ghanaians to be patient with the Mahama administration, over the erratic power situation in the country.

He recalled his father’s sleepless nights, when his government was also hit by a massive public outcry over the erratic power supply in the country.

Coincidentally, his father’s press secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, who has in the past, begged Ghanaians to be patient with President Kufuor’s administration, is about to lead a demonstration against, President John Mahama on the same energy crisis, infamously called, “Dumsor Dumsor”. Indeed, currently there is mad rush for generators in the country.

But Edward Kufuor noted that “it’s unfortunate, but I’m looking at it from a different perspective, my dad has been there during his time, so sometimes, yes, you expect that when you are voted into power; people should expect accountability, so yes, they are like the government, the government, the government, but I also feel you know, we should give him a chance to work it out”, the actor stated.

The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), according to Kwabena Agyapong, intends going on a demonstration on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, to march against the Government, over the worsening power crisis.

The demonstration, christened ‘won gbo’, loosely translated as, ‘we are dying’, is to protest against the Government’s handling of the power situation.

Ghana is currently shedding between 440 and 650 Megawatts of power, during off-peak and peak periods, as a result of a production deficit.

Many have said that the NPP demonstration, is meaningless, since it won’t resolve the challenges. Others have also said the NPP, having being in government before, must be seen proposing alternative solutions, rather than criticism.

Edward Kufuor, speaking on the Starr Drive, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, jumped to the defence of President Mahama saying, he understands what he (Mahama) might be going through, given his father’s experience in a similar position during his term.

“When the problem comes, yes, they expect you to work it out, but give him a chance. I’ve seen my dad, that’s why I’m also compassionate. I’ve seen my dad woke up at 2 and 3am, with his chin in his palm. So I can imagine what President Mahama is going through.

“We want to have it resolved, but you know, Ghanaians, we are a little intolerant when it comes to things like this…we are like; do magic, if you can’t do magic, ‘Moko aya ni Moko aba’ (exit the seat for someone else)… but I’m hopeful that this can be resolved, because it affects every sphere of our lives,” he said.

The NPP, last Tuesday announced February 18, 2015, to stage a demonstration over the issue.

The party, at a press conference, claimed that the demonstration was also aimed at expressing their displeasure over the worsening economic situation in the country.

The party’s General Secretary, Kwabena Agyapong, addressing the press said, despite various calls “the government continues to show their inability to deal with the energy crisis. We have an energy crisis of monumental proportions with no end in sight, despite countless assurance from President Mahama since 2012.”

Ghana has been battling with power crisis for some time now; a situation which has compelled government to order emergency power badges in the country.

President Mahama has, however, assured that he would do everything within his capacity to salvage the power situation, which has bedeviled the nation, saying he is resolute on his promise.

He recently announced plans to get an emergency power plant to somewhat resolve the crisis.

But the opposition party says, “As a responsible political stakeholder, the NPP considers it a national duty to bring the deep suffering of the Ghanaian people and the intolerable state of affairs to the attention of this government which is obviously incompetent, insensitive and uncaring.”

Kwabena Agyapong, onetime Press Secretary to President Kufuor, however, called on disappointed NDC members, civil society organizations, labour unions among others “to join us on February 18 in order to send a clear message to this government that, indeed we are dying of their mismanagement of our economy.”

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