25October2014

News in Ghana

Tsatsu Tsikata takes Akufo Addo on for treacherous delivery

A leading member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata has taken on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer over his comments at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) organized debate Wednesday, describing his presentation on Ivory Coast as potentially dangerous for Ghana.

Nana Akufo-Addo criticized the NDC administration for not doing enough to foster good cooperation with Ghana’s neighbours, citing a UN report which indicted Ghana as having allowed its territory to be used by insurgents to plan to subvert a constitutionally elected government in Ivory Coast.

If elected President, Nana Akufo-Addo promised to end the “dzi wo fie asem” (mind your own business) foreign policy introduced by the NDC which he claimed had dented Ghana’s image internationally to the extent that other countries were suspecting Ghana of habouring dissidents seeking to destabilize neighbouring countries.

But President Mahama swiftly counters the claim by his main opponent, emphasizing that his government would not allow its territories to be used to foment Ivory Coast.

Mr. Tsikata noted that “When in relation to Ivory Coast he (Nana Addo) tried to raise issues which really were sort of tending to create tension and so on, between states, it seems to me unfortunate especially, when there are issues of national security involved.

“You undermine your national sovereignty when you begin (at that kind of a forum) attacking your opponent on a matter involving the security of Ghana’s neighbours!”.

He however said President Mahama demonstrated maturity by responding to the issue in a manner that saved the country on the night.

He said he was impressed with President Mahama’s commanding presence and the fact that he demonstrated he is a mature and effective leader.

Source: New Weekend Crusading Guide