Dr. Arthur Kennedy, a prominent member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), criticized the government for continually attributing Ghana’s economic difficulties to external factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war.
He expressed the opinion that the government and the NPP, as a whole, may eventually use the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse for Ghana’s economic challenges.
“I have heard that very soon, the NPP [government] will add the Israeli-Palestinian war to the list of excuses [it already has]. Let’s be serious: as a result of COVID-19, the government received $3 billion from external funders. In addition to that, the government imposed a COVID tax that it has yet to remove, yet we keep making COVID the excuse.”
In addition, he discussed the NPP’s flagbearer primary, which he believes has revealed weaknesses and threats to the party’s democratic principles.
“The NPP had a weak hand even before the primary season started because of the government’s record. Not only that, the primary process has discredited the government and the party in terms of our openness and alignment with our democratic principles.”
“Kennedy Agyapong has done more damage to the credibility of the NPP than Alan did by leaving.”