Ghana President Professor John
Atta-Mills is coming under increasing pressure from his ruling National
Democratic Congress (NDC) to find places for party foot soldiers in his
imminent cabinet. Some members of the NDC are reportedly claiming they are
being left out after being in the trenches and fighting hard to ensure the
party's success in the December 28 election run-off. President Atta-Mills is
currently meeting his appointment committee to come up with names to be
considered for his cabinet. So far, he has named three persons in his new
administration, the latest being his chief of staff. Political
analyst Alhaji Idrissu Bature tells reporter Peter Clottey that the president
seems to be doing the right thing since the political dynamics have changed
latest development is that President John Evans Atta-Mills has nominated two
people - one as his chief of staff at the presidency and then the other in
charge of local government. And these two guys are joined together with Mayama
Ayariga, who is the presidential spokesman and then the National Security
Advisor Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah. So in all we have four appointments
so far," Bature noted.
He said the ruling NDC party
faithful are scurrying for jobs within the new administration.
"There has been much
scramble for position in recognition among closest aides to the president and
also among the party faithful and even people who are not known to be members
of the ruling National Democratic Congress. And for me, I think it is very
unfortunate," he said.
Bature praised President
Atta-Mills' appointments so far.
"First of all, I must
commend President Atta-Mills for keeping to his steadfastness. The man has
promised to deliver to improve the lives of the Ghanaian, and personally, if
you look at the caliber of people that he has chosen so far, I think that he is
on course. And he knows that price he has to pay if he doesn't deliver. But
unfortunately, close aides and party officials think that because they were
part of the struggle from the inception, they needed to be recognized or given
a place of honor before any other person. And I think that is very unfortunate,"
Bature pointed out.
He said there is need for
people around the new president that governance is significantly different from
playing partisan politics.
"It is very unfortunate
because the dynamics now have changed. We were close friends with Professor
Mills when he was a candidate, and now he is the president of a nation. He
needs to satisfy and meet certain requirements," he said.
Bature said the new
president has so far demonstrated with his first three appointments that he
intends to name qualified Ghanaians to fill ministerial or governmental
"That is exactly what
Professor Mills is doing right now. He has promised to tap all available human
resource, not only within the NDC party, but also among Ghanaians, and so far
he has demonstrated that. There has been some disenchantment and grumbling
among the first batch of people he (President Atta-Mills) appointed as
caretakers. But I think that he knows what he is about. We need experienced
hands to do the transition, and that is exactly what he has done. And so far,
the transition, I think, is moving according to plan," Bature pointed out.
He sharply disagreed with
speculations that former President Jerry Rawlings would be pulling strings
behind the scene after newly elected President Atta-Mills appointed some of
members of the former president's cabinet to head the incoming transitional
"That is rather the
opposite. I can tell you for a fact that among those who are grumbling includes
the former President (Rawlings)… so the question of putting him in charge of
governmental affairs doesn't arise at all. And I can tell you for a fact that
President John Evans Atta-Mills is in full control of the administration of
this country," he said.
named Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah as his National
Security Advisor and Mahama Ayariga as presidential spokesman. He also
appointed Akwasi Oppong-Ofosu as temporal Minister for Local Government Rural
Development and Environment. James Bebako Mensah has also been appointed as
Secretary to the President.
Atta-Mills promised Ghanaians that he would promote business and economic growth and
pursue national reconciliation after the hotly contested December 28 election
run-off when he led the then-opposition National Democratic Congress to victory
over the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP). Both local and international
observers described the election as transparent, free and fair, meeting