NPP Gov't Nana Addo can’t apologise over plagiarism gaffe – Atta AKyea

Atta Akyea however, condemned the act of plagiarism which has been perpetuated by the presidency.

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Member of Parliament of Abuakwa South constituency Samuel Atta Akyea has rejected calls by the Minority in Parliament calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to withdraw the inaugural address because of alleged plagiarism.

According to him, the speech writers must be blamed for the gaffe in the inaugural speech.

The Minority caucus in Parliament have demanded the withdrawal of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s inaugural address following arguments that it was plagiarized.

Read more: Speechwriters of Nana Addo must be sacked for plagiarism gaffe – Group

Portions of Nana Akufo-Addo’s speech were the exact words of ex-Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton when he was sworn-in as President on January 7, 2017.

But Atta AKyea in an interview on Class FM said, "With my practice as a lawyer and reassessing culpability, the one who was responsible for putting together the speech should rather apologise, but the man who read the wrong thing because of the negligence of another, why should he apologise? So if you look at it officially, I have been embarrassed, I have been shamed by somebody not putting together what is right. So why should I apologise for that?"

 

I’m tempted to believe that when they put things together there was a swap and I think they didn’t give him what was right because it will not make sense for anybody to say that Nana Akufo-Addo, his stature and intellectual capacities will not be able to see right.”

Read more: Parliament forms C’ttee to vet Nana Addo's appointees

According to the MP, "Mahama suffered a worse fate than that, even pages were missing, so what are you going to say about that? It’s not equalisation, there can be even presidential slips like when you say the president of Kenya is the president of Ghana. So when you want to make errors out of what I will call nothing, then you are getting wayward.

"The opposition should be concentrating on serious matters rather than what I will call accidental slips. I do not even remember that when the president had lost pages of his speech we came to the floor of the house that there should be amendment and the rest and remember it was in an international forum and the president was going on with the speech and pages were missing and we saw how embarrassing it was but it was not the president who had made the mistake per se, but his managers and handlers and we should leave him to have his peace.

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"The one who packaged the speech and did not make the acknowledgement should apologise… How would you want to tell a man who has been offended by another person to apologise?," Atta Akyea quizzed.

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