Some Ghanaians are expressing their
displeasure with President John Kufour's transition team after failing to meet
with the team of President-Elect John Atta-Mills ahead of Wednesday's swearing
in. The meeting between incoming and outgoing administrations failed to come
off Monday after the outgoing team said it needed to conduct presidential
tours. Some are speculating that the outgoing administration is procrastinating
because it has things to hide. President Kufuor is expected to leave office
Tuesday at midnight ahead of Mr. Atta-Mills' taking the oath of office as
constitutionally mandated. Political analyst Alhaji Idrissu Bature tells
reporter Peter Clottey that Ghanaians are disappointed hearing what they
consider lackadaisical claims by the outgoing transitional team.
are less than five days from the handing over, so Ghanaians were expecting that
the transitional team of both sides will get to work and then try to do the
handing over notes prior to seventh January. And President-Elect Atta –Mills
has already indicated that before even the run-off, his transitional team is
ready and is in motion. So Ghanaians were surprised that as at Sunday and
Monday, the transitional teams of both the NDC (National Democratic Congress)
and NPP (New Patriotic Party) couldn't hold that joint meeting for the
comparing of notes and then handing over of ministerial portfolios assets and
liabilities," Bature pointed out.
said the failure of the outgoing transitional team to meet the incoming
transitional team led to speculation that perhaps President John Kufuor's
administration has something to hide.
people believe that it is a deliberate ploy by the ruling New Patriotic Party
because the figures or the micro-economic stability indices that they have been
telling us about are suspect. So that when the joint transitional team meet,
some of these things are likely to come up. For example, the cost of building
the presidential palace has not been disclosed to Ghanaians, and skeptics
believe that the NPP administration is trying to delay the meeting in order to
cover up," he said.
said although the outgoing transitional team assigned reasons for yesterday's
failed meeting, many Ghanaians were not satisfied with the explanation.
fact, the chief of staff of (President Kufuor) currently at the seat of
government, Mr. Kwodwo Mpianim, gave the reason that because the president had
to introduce the president-elect to the facilities at the seat of government
that was the reason why they couldn't meet. And this for many was taken with a
pinch of salt because the president is not part of the transitional team,"
reiterated some Ghanaians' expression of suspicion over the explanations
offered for the failure to meet.
believe that the government wants to hide some of the figures so that on
Wednesday, seventh January, there is a handing over, then the work of the
transitional team would be curtailed or truncated," he said.
said the practice of non-cooperation of the outgoing administration is not new
to Africa's body politic.
normal circumstances the transitional period could even last up to one year.
But what we have in this part of the world is that as soon as a government is
put in place, the whole process is truncated because cooperation doesn't come
properly. So it is going to be difficult. Today for example, one of the major tasks
of the transitional team is to set the rule of engagement prior to even proper
sitting. And I don't even think that we would have a full disclosure of the
state of the nation. It is just for the procedure of the meeting and the rules
of engagement. So we are not going to have a full disclosure before the Kufuor
administration exists on Wednesday morning," Bature pointed out.
the European Union observer mission that monitored Ghana's election described
the independent electoral commission as competent and transparent in organizing
the just-ended election.
In a released statement, the
Union observer mission said, "the Electoral
Commission of Ghana has done a good job in organizing these elections and it
has worked competently and transparently and its role should be acknowledged."
The Chairman of Ghana's independent Electoral Commission,
Kwadwo Afari Gyan declared NDC flag bearer John Atta Mills the president-elect
of Ghana on January 3, after a second round of voting. Both the ruling New
Patriotic Party and the NDC failed to garner more than 50 percent of the vote
to win the December 7 first round of a general election. Atta Mills won the
runoff with 4,521,032 votes, representing 50.23%, while Nana Akufu-Addo of the
ruling party received 4,480,446, accounting for 49.87%.