The National Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi, has admitted he erred when he accused President Akufo-Addo of sneaking out of the country to South Africa without informing the second arm of government, the legislature.

He has also retracted and apologized to the President after his attention was drawn to the obvious gaffe few days ago.

This comes on the heels of accusation against the President that he failed to inform Parliament about his trip to this year’s Global Concert held in Johannesburg, South Africa with his relatives, contrary to the Constitutional imperative to do so whenever the President intends to leave the jurisdiction of Ghana.

Sammy also raised issues of hardship in the country coupled with strikes by groups and other pressing matters which should have engaged the attention of the President, instead of traveling to have fun in the midst of the issues outlined.

“This is the height of insensitivity and irresponsibility on the part of our President. This act also underlines the misplaced priorities of this government,” he said.

“What breaks my heart more is the fact that in times like this, when the cost of fuel is so high, coupled with rising import charges and worsening exchange rate, our President finds it expedient to fly out secretly to enjoy a concert by Jayzee and Beyonce in far away South Africa.

Lest we forget, CETAG is still on strike; all Colleges of Education and the GIJ remain closed. Yet the President is unperturbed, and rather chose to cool off in a foreign land. How does this sit well with the conscience of the President?” he asked.

However, Ghanadat.com has gathered that Sammy’s claim was false as the President in a letter dated November 30, 2018 and addressed to the Speaker of Parliament actually informed the House of his decision to honour an invitation to the programme.

The letter indicated that the President would be out of the country on December 1, 2018 and return on December 3, 2018.

On Sunday December 2, 2018, Global Citizen brought together its largest contingency of heads of state, dignitaries, a group of the world’s most talented artists and influencers, and thousands of global citizens to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela.

It was aimed at raising $1 billion for causes such as “ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation worldwide.”

Speaking on the issue on Peace FM on Wednesday, Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako urged the young politician cum lawyer, to eat humble pie and admit that he erred.

“I think he’s a very articulate and intelligent young man who has a future in politics, he should be spoken to and told that his new job is a marathon which he’s just began so he should take his time otherwise he’ll run out prematurely.

This is a clear misfiring, misplaced aggression. You raise an issue bothering on constitutionality and possible misconduct on the part of a President and when the fallacy in your assertion is exposed you claim the issue is tangential.

“Allotey Jacobs and Wofa Yaw [Yaw Boateng Gyan] advise that young man to have the courage to accept that this is an error, he should retract it, he should just say I got this wrong and let’s move on.

I’ve said this is a marathon. Use your experience to redirect him because I believe he has potential, he’s very intelligent and has a bright future in politics but he should be careful of misplaced aggression otherwise he’ll prematurely destroy his carrier.”

Having listened to good council and learned about the full facts, Sammy Gyamfi had this to say on his Facebook timeline yesterday.

“Admittedly, I got the point about the lack of Parliamentary notification for the President’s SA trip wrong. I hereby retract and apologize for same.

However, that point is only one of the many issues I raised in my post. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t change or impair in any way, the substance of my post. Our NPP friends cannot therefore hide behind this to exonerate the President from blame in this matter.

The crux of my case is that, it was a misplaced priority and an abuse of the public purse for the President and his family to have attended the SA musical concert at the expense of the Ghanaian. I maintain that it was insensitive and inappropriate for the President to have attended that concert at a time that Ghanaians are reeling under excruciating and torrid economic hardships. #TheJourneyRemainsForward”.

By Gifty Arthur/ghanadat.com

 

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