Economic Lecture Group disappointed in IMANI Ghana for describing Bawumia partisan

IMANI Ghana has taken swipe at the running mate of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for “interpreting unfairly ” some data

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Pressure group, Movement for the Kingdom Image (MFKI) has slammed policy think tank IMANI Ghana for what it describes as a diabolic agenda against Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice-presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for describing the administration of President John Mahama as a failure.

In a statement signed by its president, Osempakani Kaakyire Kofi, it said: “It was a great shock to us, the Movement for the Kingdom Image (MFKI), a Christian group, to hear the consistent condemnation and attacks on Dr Mahamudu Bawumia by the political think tank IMANI Ghana after his recent lecture on the state of the economy of Ghana.

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Dr. Bawumia at a public lecture at the National Theatre on Thursday, September 8, under the theme: ‘State of Ghana’s Economy – Foundation of Concrete or Straw?’, labelled President Mahama's administration as the worst in the history of the Ghana and some revelations made on the economy.

Soon after, IMANI Ghana has taken swipe at Bawumia for “interpreting unfairly ” some data for “partisan advantage”.

Read more: Bawumia interpreted some data for partisan advantage – IMANI Ghana

According to the group, “We were also highly disappointed in IMANI Ghana to hear them describe Dr Bawumia’s lecture as political rather than a reality or otherwise academic. In the first place Dr Bawumia is a politician and you don't expect him to give such lectures without ending up by making the sitting government unpopular per his lectures and we think that is normal.

“Again, this is not the first time a politician is saying something that ends up favouring his political party, but why has IMANI been quiet on those times but now attacking Bawumia's lectures only to kill its effect.”

The statement noted that, “IMANI Ghana was in Ghana when President Mahama went to parliament for the State of the Nation address and turned the place into a political platform instead of telling the reality on the ground, but no IMANI [official] came out with attacks and condemnations. Where was IMANI when the Speaker of parliament threw the Minority petition to probe the president's Ford saga out after inviting MPs to the house? Was that also not political?

More here: Agric slumped under Mahama - Bawumia

“Moreover, where were IMANI Ghana when Finance Minister Seth Terkper, delivering the state of the economy address, turned to praising his government for an excellent performance? While Ghanaians were crying over hardship, instead of the Minister of state to speak for the people, he was doing politics with the economy.

Below is the full statement by IMANI Ghana

Bawumia interpreted some data for partisan advantage – IMANI Ghana 

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