As Missing Pages, Disjointed Sentences, Missing Signatures Cast Doubts
A member of the Kwesi Botchwey Committee, Nii Lante Vanderpuijie, is the latest to rubbish a document purported to be the outcome of investigations into the causes of the NDC’s 2016 defeat by the Kwesi Botchwey committee.
Mr Vandepuijie, categorically stated that, both the content and structure of the said report are entirely different from the original one in the NDC’s possession.
Meanwhile, many people who have seen the document insist it had many missing pages and bore no signature of its authors.
Others disclosed that the font sizes vary from page to page in many cases, while the paragraphs also differ in some instances, adding the whole document being quoted from looked amateurish.
“No, this can never be the report of the committee that I worked on. It has some resemblance of the executive summary, but then it is not. What the person has done is picking from here and there and putting it together to let you have the resemblance of the report.”
“I am seeing some pages which are not the exact pages of the executive summary. You can even see from the pages that people made photocopies of what they had, and decided to put it together without having the exact document. They ended up messing up the whole thing. This is not our report. I know the pages from where we did the analysis.”
His comments come hours after the General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, also literally shredded the report, saying the documents are fake, because the party, has not published the committee’s report.
“We’ve taken a position that Kwesi Botchwey’s report is meant for internal consumption so it has not been published anywhere. So any commentary that is being run or any alleged capturing of Botchwey’s report and serialization cannot represent any genuine document coming from NDC,” Mr. Asiedu Nketia said.
Former President John Mahama, who was amused by the recent publications, also took to social media platform Twitter, to make a mockery of it.
“It appears ‘KB report has been adopted by some media as the new handbook for any challenge facing Gh…. In the event of crisis, open any page and quote. Lol,” he tweeted.
The leadership of the NDC has been tight-lipped over findings of the report which was submitted in June 2017, after months of touring and holding consultative meetings with interest groups and individuals across the country.
However, some media outlets including the Daily Guide newspaper and Accra-based Joy FM in series of news stories, have made public what they claim to be some findings of the committee.
The publications, among others, have pointed to Stan Dogbe and Elvis Afyiie Ankrah as John Mahama’s undoing.
It also indicated that, the report had cited some officials at the Flagstaff House during Mahama’s tenure of shortchanging journalists by cutting down budgeted stipends for the presidential press corps and pocketing the rest.
Mr Asiedu Nketia, has said that the NDC was not ready to make the true report of the committee public.
He says the report is only meant to be used internally by the party.
He accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of being behind the use of a fake document purported to be the outcome of investigations into the causes of the NDC’s defeat by the Kwesi Botchwey committee.
He says the NPP is using these tactics to divert attention from the hardships Ghanaians are facing in the country.
According to him, such stories pop up in a section of the media anytime serious issues come to the fore which indicts the governing party.
“I have also observed that it looks like the NPP government wants to use some fake Botchwey report to divert the attention of Ghanaians from the hardships that they are going through. So it’s like they are always using something purporting to be coming from the Botchwey’s report to divert attention of any major issue that seems to be indicting the government,” he added.
The NDC General Secretary, recounted that “on the day there was news about the 2.5 billion dollar scandal and everybody was debating, they published something allegedly coming from Botchwey’s report.”
“Then we moved on to major Mahama’s death, when everybody was discussing it, then another thing was published allegedly coming from Botchwey’s report. Then we came to the contaminated fuel matter. When it was being discussed then another story came out allegedly from the report,” he said.
Asiedu Nketia, further advised the NPP government to stop what he described as “diversionary tactics” to help them know their shortfalls.
“They should better allow for debate to happen on national issues and stop this diversionary tactics so they will know where they are going wrong and then the debate will inform the way the government should manage this country,” he added.
But he said, they would never make the report public, because it is an internal party document.
“We’ve taken a position that Kwesi Botchwey’s report is meant for internal consumption so it has not been published anywhere. So any commentary that is being run or any alleged capturing of Botchwey’s report and serialization cannot represent any genuine document coming from NDC.”