As Bawumia Turns Christ; Everyone Says “He Is Coming Soon!
The Majority Leader in Parliament, who then as Minority Leader, championed the release of details of ex-President John Evan Atta Mills’ medical records ahead of his death in 2012, has taken to his heels running from the Minority National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) calls for full disclosure of the medical condition of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has not only switched position, but has changed his mind, as well as his choice of words, describing the calls for Dr. Bawumia’s medical records from the Akufo-Addo government as hypocritical and “preposterous”.
“For now, I think it’s most preposterous for anybody to say that let’s demand the report, what report? The report, based on suspicion?” he said adding “This is the same call that I made of late president Mills. Those who to this day are resisting it, are the same people who are now saying this”.
He explained that, similar calls had been made to the government which had been in place during the tenure of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, prior to his death in 2012.
He recalled that those requests were rebuffed by state officials, and so it was surprising that the opposition is insistent on being given full details of the current status of the Vice President.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia left Ghana for the United Kingdom (UK) on medical leave last Friday, on the advice of his Ghanaian doctors after taking ill.
It is as yet unclear what ailment the Vice President is suffering from.
Two days after his departure, the Minority in Parliament, registered its displeasure over the apparent lack of communication from the government on the health status of the Vice President.
Following the swearing in of Prof. Oquaye as the acting president in the absence of both Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia, the Minority leader, Haruna Idrissu, said the governments’ handling of this “sensitive matter” was not the best.
“Mr. Speaker, we are not happy with government communicators at the office of the Presidency. Mr Speaker, it is a sensitive matter. I could be ill myself, but Mr Speaker, they should communicate well. I have sighted a letter where they say he is on Medical leave. What medical leave? Words matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Communicators and appointees of the Akufo-Addo government appear prepped by the clergy to turn Vice-President Bawumia into Christ with everybody singing the same chorus “he is coming soon”.
The latest to join the ‘coming soon choir’ is none other than the Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, who yesterday, broke her silence on her husband’s sickness, saying he is doing very well and will return “to work soon”.
The launch of many government policies, as well as appointments to some key positions are currently on hold as result of Dr. Bawumia’s ill health. These include some development authorities and appointment of heads and deputy heads of some state institutions, including the Bank of Ghana (BoG).
In a tweet yesterday, the Second lady who is in the UK with her husband said: “My Husband Bawumia and I are grateful to all Ghanaians and well wishers from across the world for the prayers, support and best wishes. He’s doing very well and we thank Allah for His grace. He looks forward to returning to work soon”.
Her assurance that Dr. Bawumia would be back to work very soon is akin to a similar one given by Information minister, Mustapha Hamid.
He had said: “You are aware that the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is currently on the medical leave in London. We wish to report that he is doing very well. The Chief Of Staff and other senior government officials have been talking to him. God willing, he will be back home shortly to resume his duties”.
Dr. Bawumia was reported ill by the presidency on Friday, January 19, 2018. He was later flown to the UK on Saturday for further treatment.
A statement from the Presidency, signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare said, “the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Friday, 19th January 2018, left Ghana for the United Kingdom for medical leave, on the advice of his doctors.”