A former presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Dr Kobina Arthur Kennedy has said vice president Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur is capable of responding to Dr Mahamadu Bawumias economic lecture delivered on Thursday.
Amissah Arthur, who is a former governor of the Bank of Ghana and the current head of the economic management team by virtue of his position as the vice president, is often faulted for not challenging Dr Bawumia's diagnoses of the economy.
Nonetheless, Arthur Kennedy believes the vice president is no 'slouch' and that his credentials as the a former lecturer at the University of Ghana, Governor and a World Bank consultant speaks for itsself.
“There have been a lot of comment on Dr. Bawumia's lecture on the economy yesterday. The partisan commentary began with claims that he had been denied a venue by the government.
"It is a shame that our media houses could not untangle that to let us know the truth," he wrote on his Facebook Wall.
“Then following the lecture, some in the NPP, who should know better, went into overdrive with praise. Prof. HKP talked of picking a running mate who could "carry his weight" etc., leaving the unfortunate impression that the NDC running could not carry his weight. VP Amissah-Arthur, Bawumia's credentials notwithstanding, is no slouch.
"He has been a lecturer, a governor of the Bank of Ghana and a World Bank consultant. Politically, he helped the NDC to retain Central region while the NPP lost the Northern region and Walewale! So there, my friends, is the weight issue,” he wrote.
Dr Bawumia jibed president John Mahama’s handling of the economy, declaring his administration as the most incompetent in the fourth republic.
Dr Bawumia said people at the bottom of the income scale were better off under the Kufour administration, thus between 2001 to 2009, than they are today under the NDC administration.
Income inequality, which is the measure of change in minimum wage relative to the change in income, improved by 1.8% between 2001 and 2008, he said at the lecture.
In the wide-ranging lecture Thursday, he declared the government the worse borrower in the country’s history. He said it had borrowed to the tune of $42 billion.
The president, he noted, over the last four years accounted for 66% of the debt stock.
Touching on Bawumia's lecture, Arthur Kennedy described the NPP running mate as a 'solid gold.'
He said: "To return to the lecture, Dr. Bawumia deserves congratulations for turning this campaign to a discussion od substantive issues. The competing promises about dams, etc and insults back and forth were making both the President and the NPP Presidential candidate look and sound a bit silly. Dr. Bawumia drew my ire with his work on Togo and ill-fated attempt to join Dzifa Attivor in the ethno-religious gutter but he was solid gold yesterday."